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Susanna Hurrell

Soprano

Programme and performers announced for Intermusica Charity Concert!

There’s now less than a week to go before Intermusica’s Charity Concert in aid of Pelican Cancer Foundation, and we’re delighted to announce our full programme and performers.


From the Renaissance strains of Monteverdi to the luscious sonorities of Elgar, this programme will showcase the unique talents of the Intermusica staff team, along with guest appearances from our esteemed artists.


Highlights include a piece composed by Intermusica’s Head of International Touring, Peter Ansell, as well as a performance of the late Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ unforgettable Farewell to Stromness by Intermusica Managing Director, Stephen Lumsden. The evening will culminate in Brahms’ stunning Geistliches Lied, originally written for choir and organ, and heard here in a special arrangement for string orchestra and choir by Sir John Eliot Gardiner.


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Tuesday 26 September 2017
7 – 8.15pm, followed by post-concert drinks
St James’ Church, Islington


Stanford Beati Quorum Via
Crystal Wharf Singers* (Intermusica choir)


de Visée & Monteverdi Selected songs
Julian Gregory (The King's Singers**), tenor / Peter Martin*, theorbo


Maxwell Davies Farewell to Stromness
Stephen Lumsden*, piano


Mozart ‘Deh vieni alla finestra’, Don Giovanni
Jacques Imbrailo**, baritone / Roger Vignoles**, piano


Elgar Chanson de Matin, Op.15 (arr. Shaw)
Rachel Walters*, piano / Katherine Walters, piano
Piano Duet – TBA
Martin James Bartlett**, piano / Roger Vignoles**, piano


Peter Ansell* Summer Night
Susanna Hurrell**, soprano / Roger Vignoles**, piano


Elgar Serenade for Strings, Op.20
Crystal Wharf Sinfonietta * (Intermusica string orchestra)


Brahms Geistliches Lied, Op.30 (arr. John Eliot Gardiner**)
Crystal Wharf Singers / Crystal Wharf Sinfonietta

* Intermusica staff / ** Intermusica artists


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We are thrilled to be joined by a number of representatives from Pelican Cancer Foundation, including CEO Sarah Crane and Head of Community Fundraising, Tim Lockwood, who will tell us more about Pelican and the positive impact of fundraising initiatives such as these.


This concert has been reported in the Islington Gazette and Classical Music magazine, and has received support from the Association of British Orchestras.

Tickets can be purchased online here for a suggested donation of £10 or minimum donation of £5, or on the door (cash only). For those who cannot attend but would still like to make a donation, please visit Pelican's website here and type 'Intermusica' in the text box within the form; this will ensure that your donation is credited to our campaign.


We very much hope you will support Intermusica and Pelican by coming along on the 26th – we look forward to seeing you for a drink afterwards!

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Susanna Hurrell makes debut at Aix-en-Provence Festival in Erismena

23 June 2017

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Aix-en-Provence Festival

Susanna Hurrell makes her debut at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence on 7 July 2017 in the role of Aldimira in Cavalli Erismena at the Théâtre du Jeu de Paume. In Jean Bellorini’s production, conducted by Leonardo García Alarcón, Hurrell appears alongside Francesca Aspromonte, Carlo Vistoli, Jakub Józef Orliński, and the Cappella Mediterranea Orchestra.


Hurrell was recently praised for her “soft voice and pliant grace” (Telegraph) in the title role of the world premiere of Ravi Shankar Sukanya with the London Philharmonic Orchestra:


“...but it was soprano Susanna Hurrell who shone most brightly, her soaring lines glowing and warm, the pure tone blending beguiling with the Indian musical elements.”
Opera Today, May 2017


“There’s a formidable array of talent on stage... a group of opera singers – led with shining conviction by Susannah Hurrell in the title role – who negotiate the gulf between Western and Eastern scales as though nothing could be more natural.”
Independent, May 2017


Next season she returns to the mainstage of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Micaela in Bizet Carmen.

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"Superbly eloquent": Susanna Hurrell gives critically acclaimed performance in Ravi Shankar's Sukanya

26 May 2017

This month has marked the world premiere of Ravi Shankar’s opera Sukanya, featuring Susanna Hurrell in the title role. The London Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Opera House joined forces to produce the opera, a work fusing Eastern and Western music to tell the ancient Sanskrit love story of the princess Sukanya.


The production was heralded for its lively music and beautiful production design, and Hurrell's performance as Sukanya was met with great acclaim:


"The evening’s chief ornament was the soft voice and pliant grace of Susannah Hurrell as Sukanya."
Daily Telegraph, May 2017


"The opera benefits from superbly eloquent central performances by Susanna Hurrell, a leading light in the Britpack of brilliant young sopranos"
What's on Stage, May 2017


“...but it was soprano Susanna Hurrell who shone most brightly, her soaring lines glowing and warm, the pure tone blending beguiling with the Indian musical elements.”
Opera Today, May 2017


“There’s a formidable array of talent on stage... a group of opera singers – led with shining conviction by Susannah Hurrell in the title role – who negotiate the gulf between Western and Eastern scales as though nothing could be more natural.”
Independent, May 2017

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Susanna Hurrell stars in world premiere of Ravi Shankar's Sukanya 

28 April 2017

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London Philharmonic Orchestra

Susanna Hurrell joins the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Curve in Leicester on 12 May 2017 for the world premiere performance of Ravi Shankar's opera Sukanya. Following the performance in Leicester, Sukanya is performed at the Lowry in Salford, Symphony Hall in Birmingham and the Royal Festival Hall on 17 May. The opera, a co-production between the LPO and Royal Opera House, merges European classical music with traditional Indian instruments to tell the story of Princess Sukanya, based on the Sanskrit texts of the Mahabharata.


Hurrell stars as Sukanya, the princess who must marry to preserve her kingdom following a terrible mistake. She is joined by a cast including Alok Kumar, Keel Watson, Michel de Souza and Njabulo Madlala for the semi-staged performances, which are directed by Curve Associate Director Suba Das and also feature dancers from the Aakash Odedra Company.


Sukanya is a co-production between the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and the Curve.

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Olivier Awards 2017: the Intermusica nominees

Nominees at this year’s Olivier Awards have been announced and several Intermusica names are featured, with Mark Wigglesworth’s work at ENO being recognised with a second consecutive nomination.


Mark Wigglesworth has been nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Opera, a year after ENO won the same award in 2016 for productions including The Force of Destiny and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk conducted by Wigglesworth. This year Wigglesworth is nominated for his conducting of Don Giovanni and Lulu at ENO after outstanding reviews:


"The ENO orchestra was on exhilarating form… under the confident guidance of the conductor, Mark Wigglesworth."
Guardian on Lulu, November 2016


“He has inspired the orchestra and singers to produce one of the most gripping ENO Mozart performances in living memory."
Sunday Times on Don Giovanni, October 2016


Susanna Hurrell was one of the six starring singers in 4.48 Psychosis by Philip Venables, nominated for Best New Opera Production. 4.48 Psychosis was a co-production between the Royal Opera House and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.


Also nominated for Best New Opera Production is Lulu at English National Opera, with Sir Willard White, Rebecca de Pont Davies and Michael Colvin, conducted by Mark Wigglesworth and directed by William Kentridge.


The Olivier Awards are the highest honour in British theatre, recognising excellence in professional theatre over the last year. Read the full list of nominees on the Olivier Awards website. The winners will be announced in a ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall on 9 April.

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Susanna Hurrell, Susan Bickley & Mary Bevan open Bach Festival Lausanne with The English Concert

16 October 2016

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Susan Bickley
Mary Bevan

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Bach Festival Lausanne

Susanna Hurrell, Susan Bickley and Mary Bevan join The English Concert in Switzerland on 30 October 2016 for the opening concert of the Bach Festival Lausanne.


Hurrell, Bickley and Bevan join the ensemble for a performanceof Purcell Dido and Aeneas with Hurrell in the title role opposite baritone David Stout. Bickley takes the role of the Sorceress and Bevan sings Belinda. 


Further highlights for Hurrell include her debut at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence and a return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. This season Bickley sings in Barrie Kosky's acclaimed new production of Shostakovich The Nose and returns to English National Opera for the world premiere of Ryan Wigglesworth The Winter's Tale. Bevan began the season as Zerlina in English National Opera's new production of Don Giovanni and rejoins The English Concert in December for a tour of Asia alongside Tim Mead.

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Ben Johnson & Susanna Hurrell star in Opera Holland Park's new production of Die Fledermaus

05 July 2016

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Ben Johnson

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Opera Holland Park

Ben Johnson and Susanna Hurrell join forces this month as Gabriel von Eisenstein and Rosalinde in Strauss Die Fledermaus for Opera Holland Park, which opens on 19 July 2016. John Rigby conducts Martin Lloyd-Evans's new production, which also stars Jennifer France as Adele and Samantha Price as Orlofsky.


Hurrell makes her role debut as Rosalinde following this season’s huge success as Lauretta in Puccini Gianni Schicchi for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Next season she can also be seen in concert with the BBC Singers, the English Concert, the Royal Northern Sinfonia and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.


Johnson also has a busy season of concert work coming up, and can be seen with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, among others. He also gives multiple recitals next season at the Oxford Lieder Festival and at Wigmore Hall.

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Susanna Hurrell makes Royal Opera House main stage debut as Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi

11 February 2016

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Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Susanna Hurrell makes her main stage debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as Lauretta in Puccini Gianni Schicchi from 25 February 2016. The Royal Opera presents Gianni Schicchi as part of Il trittico, which also includes performances of Puccini’s other one-act operas, Suor Angelica and Il tabarro. Nicola Luisotti conducts Richard Jones’ popular production, which also stars Lucio Gallo in the title role and Paolo Fanale as Rinuccio.


Hurrell recently made her role debut as Mélisande in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande for English Touring Opera, prompting the Financial Times to praise her “clean, unaffected voice”. Later this season she will return to the Royal Opera House as part of the world premiere cast of Philip Venables’ new opera, 4.48 Psychosis.


Il trittico runs until 15 March.

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Susanna Hurrell makes debut as Mélisande in Pélleas et Mélisande for English Touring Opera

17 September 2015

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English Touring Opera

Susanna Hurrell makes her role debut as Mélisande in Debussy Pelléas et Mélisande with English Touring Opera this month, beginning at the Royal College of Music on 1 October 2015. Hurrell stars opposite Jonathan McGovern as Pelléas and Stephan Loges as Golaud in James Conway's production, conducted by Jonathan Berman. This production marks the UK premiere of Belgian composer Annelies Van Parys’ new arrangement of Debussy’s score, which has previously been praised in performances throughout Europe.


After appearing as Mélisande, Hurrell can next be seen in her Royal Opera House, Covent Garden mainstage debut as Lauretta in Richard Jones’ production of Puccini Gianni Schicchi.


Following two performances at the Royal College of Music, Pélleas et Mélisande visits Buxton, Harrogate, Cambridge, the Snape Maltings and Exeter.

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Susanna Hurrell makes role debut in Don Pasquale at Longborough Opera

19 June 2015

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Longborough Opera

Susanna Hurrell makes her role debut as Norina Don Pasquale at Longborough Opera on 3 July 2015, also her debut at the festival.


Hurrell recently debuted as Despina Cosi fan tutte at Opéra de Limoges, and next season makes her main stage debut at the Royal Opera House as Lauretta Gianni Schicchi. She also sings Mélisande Pelléas et Mélisande with English Touring Opera this autumn.


Don Pasquale runs from 3 to 19 July at Longborough Opera, conducted by Thomas Blunt and directed by the Festival’s Artistic Director Alan Privett.

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Susanna Hurrell & Mary Bevan in Dido and Aeneas with English Concert

13 May 2015

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Mary Bevan

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Saffron Hall

Susanna Hurrell stars as Dido and Mary Bevan as Belinda in the English Concert's performance of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas on 27 May at Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden. Oliver award-winning director John Retallack directs this revival of his acclaimed production from the Bristol Old Vic.


Sopranos Hurrell and Bevan are becoming renowned for their work in the baroque repertoire. They recently appeared together in the Royal Opera House / Roundhouse co-production of Monteverdi Orfeo, and both have gone on to star in other major Royal Opera House productions: Hurrell garnered critical praise for her performances as Erisbe in Cavalli L’Ormindo in February, and Bevan is set to sing the title role in the upcoming production of Rossi Orfeo this autumn.


The performance of Dido and Aeneas takes place at Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden on 27 May, conducted by Harry Bicket. Bevan sings in two additional performances at the Buxton Festival in July.

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Susanna Hurrell & Anthony Gregory star in Cosi fan tutte at Opera de Limoges

26 April 2015

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Anthony Gregory

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Opera de Limoges

Susanna Hurrell makes her role and house debut as Despina in Mozart Cosi fan tutte alongside Anthony Gregory as Ferrando, making his French debut, at Opera de Limoges on 10 May 2015.


Hurrell recently made a lauded return to the role of Erisbe in the Royal Opera House production of Cavalli L’Ormindo at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. After her debut as Despina, she will return to the UK to star as Norina in Don Pasquale at Longborough Festival Opera.


Anthony Gregory is fast making a name for himself as an excellent interpreter of the Mozart repertoire:


“…Anthony Gregory, as Ferrando, sings with confidence and ardour of youth. A Mozart tenor to watch” (Sunday Times, March 2013)


After his run in Cosi fan tutte, he travels to Aix en Provence to sing Oronte in a new production of Alcina directed by Katie Mitchell. Future engagements include leading roles with ENO, Glyndebourne Festival and Glyndebourne on Tour.

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Susanna Hurrell & Ben Johnson: Valentine's Day concert with Royal Northern Sinfonia

31 January 2015

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Ben Johnson
Jamie Phillips

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Sage Gateshead

Susanna Hurrell and Ben Johnson headline a Valentine’s Day concert with the Royal Northern Sinfonia on 14 February, conducted by Jamie Philips. The love-themed programme will include duets and arias by Lehar, Puccini, Tchaikovsky, Verdi and Bernstein.


This concert will be featured as part of the Royal Northern Sinfonia’s Classic FM series, and takes place at the Sage Gateshead.

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Susanna Hurrell reprises her acclaimed Erisbe for L’Ormindo revival at Shakespeare's Globe

20 January 2015

Susanna Hurrell reprises the role of Erisbe in Cavalli’s L’Ormindo at the Sam Wanamaker Theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe on 3 February. This Royal Opera House / Shakespeare’s Globe co-production premiered to excellent reviews last year, and returns in February under the direction of Kasper Hoten and baton of Christian Curnyn.


Hurrell made her Royal Opera House debut last year as Erisbe, prompting critics to note that she “excels with [her] expressive coloratura” (Independent). Sharing the stage in L’Ormindo are Samuel Boden, Ed Lyon, James Laing, Joelle Harvey, and Harry Nicoll.


L’Ormindo runs until 5 March at the Sam Wanamaker Theatre.

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Susan Bickley, Mary Bevan, Susanna Hurrell & Anthony Gregory: Royal Opera House’s Orfeo

30 December 2014

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Anthony Gregory
Mary Bevan
Susan Bickley

Susan Bickley and Mary Bevan join Susanna Hurrell and Anthony Gregory in the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden’s new production of Monteverdi’s Orfeo, to be presented at the Roundhouse in London on 13 January. Bevan sings the role of Euridice, Bickley sings Silvia, Gregory sings First Pastor and Hurrell will sing Nymph. Conducted by Christian Curnyn and featuring the Orchestra of the Early Opera Company, performances run until 24 January.


Mary Bevan returns to the Royal Opera after appearing to acclaim on the main stage as Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro in 2013. Winner of the Critics’ Circle Exceptional Young Talent Award, Bevan was most recently praised for her “bewitching” Susanna with the English National Opera (Michael Church, Independent, October 2014).


A veteran of the Royal Opera House main stage, Susan Bickley most recently appeared as Virgie in Turnage Anna Nicole. Bickley joins Orfeo following a successful run as Herodias in Strauss Salome at Dallas Opera alongside Deborah Voigt.


Anthony Gregory will make his Royal Opera debut with Orfeo. Other season highlights include an “exquisitely sung” (Alexandra Coghlan, Spectator, October 2014) Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw at Glyndebourne, as well as appearances with Opera de Limoges and Aix en Provence Festival.


Directed by former Royal Shakespeare Company artistic director Michael Boyd, this production of Orfeo follows the tremendously successful Royal Opera House and Roundhouse co-production of Cavalli L’Ormindo, presented in spring 2014, and featuring Susanna Hurrell.

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Susanna Hurrell performs Rameau’s Pigmalion with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

25 September 2014

Susanna Hurrell sings the role of Cephise in Rameau’s Pigmalion with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment on 9 October. She joins fellow soloists Daniel Auchingloss, Katherine Manley and Anna Dennis alongside the Choir of the Enlightenment, who all perform under the baton of conductor Jonathan Williams.


The concert, which takes place at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, also features another of Rameau’s short operas, Anacréon.

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Susanna Hurrell sings Governess in The Turn of the Screw in Moscow

13 August 2014

Following her recent role debut at Governess The Turn of the Screw at Nevill Holt Opera, Susanna Hurrell travels to Moscow to for two further performances of the work on 27 and 28 August. Directed by Northern Ireland Opera Artistic Director Oliver Mears, Hurrell will perform alongside Tom Deazley as Miles (who also sang at Nevill Holt) and soloists of the Novaya Opera.


The performances, which form part of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014 celebrations, take place at the Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre of Moscow.

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Ben Johnson and Susanna Hurrell perform at Johnson’s Southrepps Classical Music Festival

24 July 2014

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Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson and Susanna Hurrell perform at this summer’s Southrepps Classical Music Festival, which will be held in Norfolk between 7 and 10 August. Now in its fifth year, the festival was founded by Johnson, pianist Tom Primrose and bass-baritone Daniel Goode with the aim of bringing leading young artists to perform in rural Norfolk.


This year’s festival sees Johnson perform Finzi’s Dies Natalis in the opening concert on 7 August, conducted by David Parry and on 8 August give a recital of German and English song. On 9 August, Johnson takes up the baton to conduct a performance of Handel’s Messiah, in which he will be joined by Susanna Hurrell, mezzo-soprano Rosie Aldridge, tenor Nathan Vale and baritone Roland Wood.

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Intermusica represents Susanna Hurrell worldwide

Rachel Walters
Senior Artist Manager, Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9903
rwalters@intermusica.co.uk

Martha Hartman
Associate Artist Manager, Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9921
mhartman@intermusica.co.uk

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