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Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? I would say at first it was Julie Andrews who inspired me, I went to see The Sound of Music and that was it! At first I wanted to be a nun (I was eleven at the time) but then realized it was the other thing… to be in theatre with singing. I distinctly remember at an even younger.
During lockdown Augustin Viard composed a soundtrack for the 1928 silent film “The Fall of the House of Usher” (La Chute de la Maison Usher) by legendary French filmmaker Jean Epstein. Augustin’s plan was to perform the soundtrack on the ondes Martenot live for a cinema screening. The Fall of the House of Usher based on the 1839 Gothic short story by Edgar Allan Poe was described as one of.
OWM is pleased to announce that David Cohen has been appointed principal cello of the London Symphony Orchestra from September 2022, alongside Rebecca Gulliver. His appointment follows the departure of Tim Hugh. In an interview with The Strad he said ‘I am hugely honoured to be joining the LSO. I feel beyond excited by the prospect of working with an orchestra with such a broad repertoire of work, unflagging energy.
Owen White Management is delighted to announce representation of the composer and performer, Errollyn Wallen. She is the holder of the 21/22 Wort Residency in Cambridge. As singer and pianist, she recently performed a selection from the Errollyn Wallen Songbook at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge. For further details click here
We are delighted to announce that Russian tenor Roman Arndt will make his UK opera debut this season as the Duke of Mantua in a new production by Femi Elufowoju Jr of Rigoletto for Opera North, conducted by Garry Walker. The production opens on 22 January 2022. For further information about Opera North’s 21/22 season click here.
From Kraftwerk to Radiohead, many pop stars have had a fascination with the ethereal and haunting sound of the ondes Martenot. Forty years into his career, Nick Cave releases Ghosteen, his 17th album which features the ondes Martenot played by Augustin Viard. This haunting album is the first that Cave has written and recorded in its entirety since the death of his teenage son, Arthur in 2015. Described as “one.
Wolf-Ferrari’s Il segreto di Susanna conducted by John Andrews opened at Opera Holland Park on Monday 22nd July as part of a double bill with Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta. This new production directed by John Wilkie stars Claire Presland, Richard Burkhard and John Savournin Rupert Christiansen in The Telegraph writes “with delicate orchestral colours that evoke Ravel, and something of the conversational sparkle of Verdi’s Falstaff… John Andrews conducts with grace and.
Congratulations to Owen White artist Ondes Martenot player Augustin Viard, who has just performed Arthur Honegger’s Oratorio ‘Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher’ in Poland, with the Polish National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alexander Liebreich. Augustin writes that the “performance in Katowice was amazing! It was a full house and the audience were very enthusiastic. Florence Darel was a great Jeanne.”’ Before the rehearsals could even begin though it was no simple.
Mezzo soprano Kamilla Dunstan is currently rehearsing at the Glyndebourne Festival where she is covering Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte. Earlier this year she sang the lead role of Fanny Price in Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park with Opera South. Born in Yorkshire and brought up in New Zealand she trained at the Royal College of Music International Opera Studio and she is now studying with Claire Rutter.
OWM artist, pianist Ammiel Bushakevitz with baritone Jóhann Kristinsson, feature this Saturday on BBC2 at 9pm in a documentary presented by historian Dr Lucy Worsley on ‘Queen Victoria: My Musical Background’. The film explores Victoria’s relationship with music and how royal patronage changed the face of British culture in the 19th century. Ammiel and Jóhann perform in a sequence which explores how the lieder repertories of Beethoven, Schubert and later Schumann were brought to the.
The prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Awards begin today at the Wigmore Hall. These annual awards set up in 1956 which have a record of “spotting winners” feature 11 young singers. This year we are delighted to announce that the Jurors for the 2019 awards include Soprano Mary Plazas along with Graham Johnson, James Bowman, Richard Jackson and Ann Murray. Mary Plazas won the 1991 Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Scholarship and then went.
Our Artist Samuel Pantcheff is appearing at the Royal Opera House, Muscat this week with Scottish Opera This acclaimed opera for babies BambinO written by Lliam Paterson and directed by Phelim McDermott which originally premiered at the Edinburgh Festival, is enjoying a 7 day run in Oman. Baritone Samuel Pantcheff revives his role as Pulcino alongside Hazel McBain as Uccelina. This unique show has been praised by critics as “a.
A rare chance to study with one of Ireland’s most distinguished performers in the idyllic surroundings of the wine region of Burgundy. This summer violinist Fionnuala Hunt is launching a series of Violin Masterclasses in the village of Santenay, France from Monday 22nd July to Saturday 27th July. The classes are being offered to interested students on a first come, first served basis up to a maximum of 10 participants..
‘I can’t immediately recall a better evening of coloratura singing in London” (Robert Thicknesse of The Critics Circle) English Touring Opera opened their spring season with the first professional performance of Rossini’s Elizabeth I (Elisabetta REGINA D’INGHILTERRA) to tour England in 200 years, directed by the company’s artistic director, James Conway Conducted by John Andrews with Mary Plazas in the lead role of Elizabeth and Joseph Doody as courtier Gugliemo,.
Happy Birthday to Owen White Management which opened its doors 28 years ago this week. Founders John Owen and Trudy White started the company with a list that included pianist Martin Jones and soprano Mary Plazas who are still both current OWM artists. During this time OWM has been privileged to manage some distinguished names such as Charles Rosen, Franco Gulli, Martyn Hill and Wolfgang Holzmair, and is now championing.
Next week baritone Thomas Humphreys makes his Barbican concert hall solo debut. Thomas will sing in Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with the London Concert Choir with Canticum and the Southbank Sinfonia conducted by Mark Forkgen. Thomas Humphreys says “I’m extremely excited to be making my debut in one of the world’s foremost concert halls, performing a work which has been extremely important to me throughout my career so far.” The.
The Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory should need no introduction. Regarded as one of Russia’s most important concert venues, the sense of history is overwhelming as you ascend the grand staircase leading to the Hall. On 10 February, David Titterington was invited to perform on the recently refurbished organ of the Great Hall. There was a great sense of anticipation as the audience gathered beforehand watched over by the venerable.
Continuing the critical acclaim of the recording of Arthur Sullivan’s Oratorio ‘Light of the World,’ BBC Music Magazine rates the new CD Choral Disc of the Month. Critic George Hall awards 5 stars to the performance and 5 stars to the recording of this ‘almighty revival of Arthur Sullivan’s biblical oratorio.’ He writes “Conductor John Andrews does an excellent job, bringing constant motion to the score and drawing refined playing.
Daniel Pioro Debut Album Release February 2019