Intermusica at the 125th BBC Proms
The BBC have announced the programme for the 125th BBC Proms, launching eight weeks of music-making of the highest quality, over 80 concerts and a host of world premieres. The festival also marks 150 years since the birth of Proms founder Sir Henry Wood and the 50th anniversary of the moon landings. As ever, Intermusica is well represented at the festival, with 24 artists taking part and our International Touring team bringing two world-class orchestras to the London stage. All concerts will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and several will be televised on BBC Four. See below for full details.
Mark Wigglesworth is joined by Nicola Benedetti and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain on 25 July. Wigglesworth conducts the London premiere of Lera Auerbach Icarus (2011) followed by Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet Suite. The concert will be televised on BBC Four on 28 July.
Simon Halsey and his numerous choirs feature throughout the Proms. On 29 July, the BBC Proms Youth Choir joins Omer Meir Wellber and the BBC Philharmonic for Haydn The Creation. Halsey then prepares the singers of the London Symphony Chorus and Orfeó Català as they join Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO to perform Walton Belshazzar’s Feast on 20 August. The concert will be shown on BBC Four on 23 August. Finally, more than 600 singers will unite for the European premiere of John Luther Adams In the Name of the Earth (2018) on 8 September.
On 2 August, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard perform Sir James MacMillan The Confession of Isobel Gowdie, which premiered at the Proms nearly 30 years ago in 1990. The concert will be televised live on BBC Four. MacMillan is currently celebrating his 60th birthday with a year of special performances – visit jamesmacmillan.co.uk to see the full MacMillan at 60 calendar.
Ben Gernon and the BBC Philharmonic (where he is Principal Guest Conductor) give two performances. On 5 August, Gernon conducts a programme of Malcolm Arnold Peterloo Overture, Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with soloist Alexander Gavrylyuk and excerpts from Tchaikovsky Swan Lake. They repeat the concert the following morning in a Relaxed Prom, in which the concert environment is adapted to better suit audience members with autistic spectrum conditions, sensory, communication or learning difficulties.
On 10 August, Lise Davidsen reunites with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra, with whom she recently recorded her highly anticipated debut album for Decca (out 31 May). She will sing Richard Strauss Op.27 Songs, which also feature on the album.
On 13 August, Martyn Brabbins conducts a special concert with personal significance: it features the world premiere of Pictured Within: Birthday Variations for M. C. B., a new take on Elgar Enigma Variations commissioned by the BBC to mark Brabbins’ 60th birthday. This unique work features a new set of variations by 14 living composers including Intermusica’s Brett Dean, Sally Beamish, Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Dai Fujikura – plus one distinguished mystery composer to write the theme. Brabbins also conducts Elgar’s original Variations as well as Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music and Brahms Song of Destiny, featuring the BBC Singers and English National Opera Chorus. The concert will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Four on 8 September.
Andreas Haefliger returns to the Proms on 19 August for the world premiere of a new Piano Concerto written especially for him by fellow Swiss musician Dieter Ammann. He is joined for the concert by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo. This new work is co-commmissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthaus Wien, Lucerne Festival, Münchner Philharmoniker and Taipei Symphony Orchestra.
Singers Sofia Fomina, Marta Fontanals-Simmons and Thomas Atkins appear in Glyndebourne Festival Opera’s production of Mozart The Magic Flute on 27 August. Fomina stars in the concert staging as Pamina while Fontanals-Simmons sings Second Lady and Atkins takes the roles of Second Priest and First Man in Armour.
Richard Egarr returns to the Proms on 30 August to conduct the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (with whom he has a long association) Handel Jeptha, part of a cycle celebrating the composer’s works. The cast features Tim Mead as Hamor and Cody Quattlebaum as Zebul.
Sir John Eliot Gardiner completes his epic five-season Berlioz series on 2 September, conducting a performance of his opera Benvenuto Cellini with his Monteverdi Choir and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique.
On 10 September, Intermusica brings the Czech Philharmonic and Semyon Bychkov to the Proms. The concert features Smetana The Bartered Bride, the Letter Scene from Eugene Onegin and Shostakovich Symphony No.8.
Nicholas Collon and his Aurora Orchestra return to the Proms on 12 September presenting another eagerly anticipated major symphony from memory. This year they present Berlioz Symphonie fantastique in an immersive theatrical staging. Collon and the orchestra will give a repeat performance in a late-night Prom that same evening and BBC Four will record the first performance for broadcast on 13 September.
As the festival draws to a close, Intermusica’s International Touring team brings a second orchestra to London: on 13 September, Andrew Manze returns with his NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover for Beethoven Night, in which Manze conducts extracts from Fidelio and Symphony No.5, as well as music by Handel and Bach.
Intermusica artists star in English National Opera’s 2019/20 season
English National Opera announced their 2019/20 season on 3 April, and as ever there is a strong Intermusica presence at the house alongside Music Director Martyn Brabbins.
Alongside three revivals, the season features seven new productions, the most for five years. For the first time, four of the new productions present different versions of the same story as ENO presents four takes on the Orpheus myth. In keeping with the season’s theme of the rise of the feminine, more than half of the new productions are directed by women, with Tatjana Gürbaca, Emma Rice, Barbora Horáková and Netia Jones all helming productions.
> Click here to see full details of ENO's 2019/20 season
Martyn Brabbins conducts two productions. On 18 October he opens Daniel Kramer’s production of Harrison Birtwistle The Mask of Orpheus. The production stars Marta Fontanals-Simmons as Eurydice the Woman and Susan Bickley as Eurydice the Myth and Persephone. Brabbins then returns on 26 February 2020 to conduct a revival of Anthony Minghella’s Olivier Award-winning production of Madam Butterfly, starring Natalya Romaniw in the title role. Brabbins will be assisted for the production by Adam Hickox.
Valentina Peleggi continues her Mackerras Fellowship with her first full production in the main house: a revival of Calixto Bieito’s production of Carmen from 29 January 2020, which features a cast starring David Butt Philip as Don José and Nardus Williams as Micaela. Earlier in the season she conducts three performances of Offenbach Orpheus in the Underworld on 1, 26 and 28 November. The new production from Emma Rice features Sir Willard White as Jupiter and Mary Bevan as Diana.
Geoffrey Paterson debuts on 15 November conducting a new production of Phillip Glass Orphée from Netia Jones. The cast features Anthony Gregory, who makes a return to ENO as Cégeste, and Simon Shibambu as the poet.
Susan Bickley appears in a second production when she returns in the role of Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro from 14 March 2020, in a new production directed by Joe Hill-Gibbons.
Antony Hermus makes his debut at ENO on 28 March 2020, conducting the premiere of Tatjana Gürbaca’s new production of Dvorák Rusalka, and taking it to Theatre du Luxembourg for additional performances after the London run. David Butt Philip takes the role of the Prince, while Patricia Bardon appears as Ježibaba.
Anthony Gregory performs St John Passion on tour in Europe with Les Arts Florissants
Anthony Gregory joins Les Arts Florissants as they embark on a European tour of St John Passion from 17 March 2019. The tour begins at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Germany and also visits France, Spain, the UK and Poland, culminating at the Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud on 21 April.
Gregory's highlights this season include the title role of Bernstein Candide at Bergen National Opera, a return to Den Norske Opera as Don Ottavio Don Giovanni, Vasco in the world premiere of Stuart MacRae Anthropocene with Scottish Opera, Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings at Barbican Hall and Dr Maxwell / Staff Officer in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s The Silver Tassie, both with BBC Symphony Orchestra. He also sings Carmina Burana at the Royal Festival Hall and appears in concert at the London Handel Festival.
Anthony Gregory stars in world premiere of Anthropocene at Scottish Opera
Anthony Gregory stars as Vasco in the world premiere of Stuart Macrae and Louise Welsh’s new opera Anthropocene on 24 January 2019. The performances are conducted by Stuart Stratford and directed by Matthew Richardson.
Gregory's highlights this season include the title role in Bernstein Candide at Bergen National Opera, a return to Den Norske Opera as Don Ottavio Don Giovanni, a European tour of St John Passion with Les Arts Florissants and William Christie and Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings and Dr Maxwell / Staff Officer in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s The Silver Tassie, both with BBC Symphony Orchestra. He also sings Carmina Burana at the Royal Festival Hall and appears in concert at the London Handel Festival.
Highlights last season included his debut with Den Norske Opera as Don Ottavio in a new production of Don Giovanni as well as singing Ouardo Ariodante for Les Arts Florissants and the title role in Rameau Dardanus for English Touring Opera.
Further performances of Anthropocene run until 9 February 2019.
Intermusica artists commemorate the centenary of the ending of the First World War
Several Intermusica artists were involved in events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War this month both on and around Armistice Day on 11 November.
Renaud Capuçon joined Yo-Yo Ma in Paris on Armistice Day itself to perform Ravel's Sonata for Violin and Cello for world leaders including President Macron, Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Trump.
Also on Armistice Day, Marin Alsop led the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in a performance of Brahms' German Requiem, which broke from tradition by presenting the Requiem Mass in German rather than the usual Latin. In October, Alsop also conducted three concerts with Daniil Trifonov and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra honouring the Armistice entitled A Time for Reflection.
Andrew Manze led the combined forces of the NDR Radiophilharmonie and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in two performances of Britten's War Requiem, first at the Kuppelsaal Hannover on 3 November and then at Liverpool Cathedral on 10 November. Click here to watch Manze and members of the orchestras talk about the project.
In Cardiff, Mark Wigglesworth conducted the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and soloists Emma Bell, Alan Clayton and Roman Trekel in Britten's War Requeim, which interspersed the words of the Mass for the Dead with the poetry of Wilfred Owen.
On 4 November, the London Symphony Orchestra gave the London premiere of Sir James MacMillan's All the Hills and Vales Along, a new oratorio written for soloist Ian Bostridge and based on poems by Charles Hamilton Sorley who was killed at the Battle of Loos in 1915.
On 10 and 11 November, Cantori New York gave the US premiere of Thierry Escaich's oratorio "Cris", which was written after the novel by Laurent Gaudé Les Cris de Paris which explores the experience of French soldiers in the trenches. Its world premiere came in 2016 at the Théâtre de Verdun to mark the centenary of the Battle of Verdun, the longest of the war.
Hubert Zapiór joined the Albany Symphony at the Proctors Theater in Schenectady to perform War Requiem under the baton of David Allan Miller.
On 10 November Anthony Gregory and Susan Bickley joined the BBC Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s The Silver Tassie. Turnage's opera is an adapatation of Sean O’Casey’s provocative 1928 play of the same name, which critiqued the damaging impact of the war.
On 9 November, Marta Fontanals-Simmons joined the Jenaer Philharmonie to perform Benjamin Ellin's One Before Zero, a one-movement oratorio commemorating the Battle of the Somme. The work weaves together first-hand accounts of the Great War in English, German and French and illustrates, both linguistically and musically, how the trauma of war affected all nations equally. Click here to read an interview with Fontanals-Simmons about the piece.
Martyn Brabbins and English National Opera perform a staged version of Britten's War Requiem directed by Kaspar Holten on 16 and 22 November. Intermusica's David Butt Philip leads the soloists for the performances.
Anthony Gregory returns to the Barbican Centre for Mark-Anthony Turnage's The Silver Tassie with the BBC Symphony Orchestra
Anthony Gregory and Susan Bickley join the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre on 10 November to perform Mark-Anthony Turnage’s The Silver Tassie. The performance is conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth and is part of the orchestra's commemmorations of the end of the First World War. Turnage's opera is an adapatation of Sean O’Casey’s provocative 1928 play of the same name, which critiqued the damaging impact of the war. Gregory sings the roles of Dr Maxwell and Staff Officer, while Bickley takes the role of Mrs Heegan.
Gregory performs with the BBC Symphony Orchestra again later in the season when they perform Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings in May.
Highlights for Gregory this season include the title role in Bernstein’s Candide at Bergen National Opera, a return to Den Norske Opera as Don Ottavio and the world premiere of Stuart MacRae’s Anthropocene at Scottish Opera.
This season Bickley has appeared in English National Opera's new production of Salome, and she also sings Kabanicha in Janáček Káťa Kabanová in a new production for the Royal Opera House by Richard Jones, the Queen of Sheba in a concert version of Solomon with Christian Curnyn for the Royal Opera House, and Dido in Purcell Dido and Aeneas in Boston with the Handel and Haydn Society.
Anthony Gregory makes Bergen National Opera debut as Candide
This autumn, Anthony Gregory makes his debut with Bergen National Opera, singing the title role in Bernstein Candide. A new semi-staged production directed by Thom Southerland, Candide also features Intermusica bass-baritone Gidon Saks and is conducted by Karen Kamensek.
Subsequent highlights for Gregory this season include the world premiere of Stuart MacRae’s Anthropocene at Scottish Opera, a European tour of St John Passions with Les Arts Florissants and William Christie, and Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings and Dr Maxwell / Staff Officer in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s The Silver Tassie, both with BBC Symphony Orchestra. His interpretations of English-language tenor roles have been well received, with Bachtrack writing of his 2016 Flute in Britten A Midsummer Night's Dream for Glyndebourne:
"Anthony Gregory's winsome Flute, delighting in Britten's Donizetti parody as Thisby laments her Pyramus."
Bachtrack, August 2016
Performance of Candide take place at the Bergen National Opera on 31 October and 2 and 3 November 2018.
Anthony Gregory makes Norwegian National Opera debut as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni
Anthony Gregory makes his debut at Norwegian National Opera this May, singing the role of Don Ottavio in Mozart Don Giovanni. Performances are conducted by Christopher Moulds, Benjamin Bayl and Enrique Mazzola, with Joe Austin reviving Richard Jones’s 2016 production.
Gregory’s 2017/18 season has included the title role in Rameau Dardanus with English Touring Opera, and a tour of Handel Ariodante with Les Arts Florissants, singing the role of Odoardo under the baton of William Christie. 2018/19 sees Gregory return to Norway, singing the title role in Bernstein Candide for Bergen National Opera.
Don Giovanni opens on 16 May at Norwegian National Opera, with performances running throughout the summer.
Anthony Gregory returns to Glyndebourne as Vafrino in new production of Hipermestra
Anthony Gregory returns to Glyndebourne on 20 May 2017 to sing Vafrino in Graham Vick’s new production of Cavalli’s rarely performed Hipermestra. Gregory joins a cast of Emőke Baráth, Raffaele Pe and Renato Dolcini to perform the opera, with accompaniment from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under the baton of William Christie.
Earlier this season, Gregory sang Don Ottavio Don Giovanni at Glyndebourne, a role he performs next season with Norwegian National Opera and returned to English National Opera to premiere The Winter’s Tale, a new work by Ryan Wigglesworth.
Hipermestra runs at Glyndebourne until 8 July.
Leigh Melrose, Anthony Gregory & Susan Bickley return to ENO for world premiere of The Winter's Tale
Leigh Melrose, Anthony Gregory and Susan Bickley return to English National Opera this month for the world premiere of Ryan Wigglesworth The Winter's Tale at the Coliseum on 27 February 2017. This new commission is an interpretation of Shakespeare’s tale of love, loss and reconciliation, directed by Olivier Award-winning actor Rory Kinnear.
Leigh Melrose joins the cast as Polixenes, adding to his reputation as a singer of contemporary repertoire. He is a regular guest at ENO, previously singing roles including Wozzeck, Ned Keene, Sonora and Escamillo. He follows The Winter's Tale with his debut as Ruprecht in Calixto Bieito's new production of Prokofiev The Fiery Angel at Opernhaus Zürich, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda.
Former ENO Harewood Artist Anthony Gregory continues his relationship with ENO as Florizel. Last season ENO audiences heard him as Nanki-poo in Jonathan Miller’s acclaimed production of The Mikado. Later this season, Gregory returns to Glyndebourne Festival Opera to sing Vafrino in Cavalli Hipermestra.
Susan Bickley returns to ENO to sing the role of Paulina. Bickley has long been a favourite guest of the company, previously performing roles including Jocasta in the world premiere of Julian Anderson The Thebans.
The Winter's Tale runs from 27 February until 14 March.
Anthony Gregory sings Ottavio in Don Giovanni with Glyndebourne on Tour
Anthony Gregory returns to Glyndebourne on 15 October 2016 to sing Don Ottavio in Mozart Don Giovanni as part of the company's 2016/17 tour. Gregory previously appeared at Glyndebourne in the role of Flute in the company's acclaimed production of Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream alongside Tim Mead, Matthew Rose, Duncan Rock and Kate Royal.
Pablo Gonzales conducts Lloyd Wood's revival of Jonathan Kent's production, which in November also visits Milton Keynes, The Marlowe Theatre Canterbury, The Theatre Royal Norwich, The New Victoria Theatre Woking and The Theatre Royal Plymouth. The cast includes Duncan Rock in the title role, Louise Alder and Magdalena Molendowska.
In 2014 Gregory joined Glyndebourne on Tour to sing Prologue and Peter Quint in Britten The Turn of the Screw:
"Anthony Gregory's Quint is exquisitely sung, his villain all the more disturbing for his vocal beauty."
Spectator, October 2014.
Performances at Glyndebourne continue until 4 November. Gregory returns to Glyndebourne Festival Opera to sing Vafrino in Cavalli Hipermestra in summer 2017.
Tim Mead & Anthony Gregory star in A Midsummer Night's Dream at Glyndebourne
Tim Mead and Anthony Gregory return to Glyndebourne Festival Opera on 11 August 2016 to star in the upcoming revival of Peter Hall’s popular production of Britten A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Mead reprises the role of Oberon alongside Gregory, who makes his debut in the role of Flute. The cast also includes Kathleen Kim as Tytania, Kate Royal as Helena, Matthew Rose as Bottom, and Duncan Rock as Demetrius, under the baton of Jakub Hrůša.
Mead has previously sung Oberon for Bergen National Opera, where he was praised for his “ethereal voice” (Bergen Journal), “his soothing countertenor crooning an irresistible invitation to sleep” (Opera Now). Next season Mead can be seen as Ottone in Handel Agrippina at Opera Vlaanderen, and reprises his acclaimed performance as the Boy in George Benjamin Written on Skin with the Aix-en-Provence Festival at the Bolshoi Theatre.
Anthony Gregory returns to Glyndebourne following his performance last season as Peter Quint and Prologue in Britten The Turn of the Screw with Glyndebourne on tour. Gregory joins the Glyndebourne tour in 2016/17 as Ottavio Don Giovanni and returns to Glyndebourne later in the season. Other future engagements include the role of Lysander A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Aix-en-Provence in their tour to Bahrain and Florizel in the world premiere of Ryan Wigglesworth The Winter’s Tale at English National Opera.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream runs at Glyndebourne until 28 August.
Anthony Gregory and Mary Bevan return to English National Opera for the Mikado
Anthony Gregory and Mary Bevan return to English National Opera to play the lovers Yum-Yum and Nanki-Poo in Jonathan Miller's legendary production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado on the 21 November 2015.
Anthony Gregory comes fresh from his house debut at Teatro Real, Madrid as Oronte in David Alden’s production of Alcina, conducted by Christopher Moulds.
"Anthony Gregory is a touchingly dignified Oronte (a sublime 'Un momento di contento'!) in the nods to Fifty Shades that Katy Mitchell made him play in his tortuous relationship with Morgana."
Res Musica, July 2015
Further season highlights for Gregory include his company debut at Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lisbon as Pylade Iphigenie en Tauride and his North American debut in Omaha as Jupiter in Semele followed by Flute A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Glyndebourne Festival.
Soprano Mary Bevan reprises the role of Yum-Yum, which she sang to critical acclaim for ENO in 2012. Earlier this season, Bevan made her role debut in the title role of Luigi Rossi’s Orpheus for the Royal Opera House at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Later this season she can be seen as Elvira in Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri at Garsington Opera, as well as in concerts with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Royal Philharmonic, and at Wigmore Hall.
“...other classy performances... Mary Bevan sings Yum-Yum immaculately and with a knowing self-regard that retains a charmingly innocent surface”.
Guardian, December 2012
The Mikado runs till 6 December with further performances 30 January and 6 February.
Anthony Gregory sings Oronte in Alcina in his house debut at Teatro Real
Anthony Gregory makes his house debut at Teatro Real, Madrid on 30 October 2015 as Oronte in David Alden’s production of Alcina, conducted by Christopher Moulds. This follows on from his appearance in Katie Mitchell's prduction at the Aix-en-Provence Festival this summer:
"The lovesick Oronte, British tenor Anthony Gregory, was a willing captive of Morgana who lovingly whipped her during her brilliant Act III aria only to know that he will lose her in his meltingly beautiful aria 'Un momento di contento'."
Opera Today, July 2015
"Anthony Gregory is a touchingly dignified Oronte (a sublime 'Un momento di contento'!) in the nods to Fifty Shades that Katy Mitchell made him play in his tortuous relationship with Morgana."
Res Musica, July 2015
Alongside Gregory will be Sofia Soloviy as Alcina, María José Moreno as Morgana and Angélique Noldus as Bradamante.
Further company debuts for Gregory in the 2015/16 season include Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lisbon as Pylade Iphigenie en Tauride and his North American debut in Omaha as Jupiter in Semele. He can also be heard at English National Opera as Nanki-poo in The Mikado and at the Glyndebourne Festival as Flute A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Anthony Gregory makes his role debut as Oronte at Aix-en-Provence for a new production of Alcina
Anthony Gregory concludes his 2014/15 season at Aix en Provence Festival for a brand new production of Alcina by Katie Mitchell. Gregory, previously a member of the Festival d'Aix Académie in a production of La Cambiale di Matrimonio in 2012, will perform his debut as Oronte alongside Paricia Petibon and Philippe Jaroussky. Andrea Marcon conducts the production.
Gregory’s appearance at Aix is just the latest in a series of notable role and house debuts: Peter Quint and Prologue The Turn of the Screw for Glyndebourne on Tour, Shepherd L’Orfeo for Royal Opera House, and Ferrando Così fan tutte for Opéra de Limoges.
"Anthony Gregory's Quint is exquisitely sung, his villain all the more disturbing for his vocal beauty."
Spectator, October 2014
“Musically the strongest support comes from the trio of pastors (Anthony Gregory, Alexander Sprague and Christopher Lowrey), who make the most of some of Monteverdi’s finest vocal writing.”
Spectator, January 2015
Gregory opens next season with another house debut at Teatro Real, Madrid, where he reprises the role of Oronte Alcina.
Susanna Hurrell & Anthony Gregory star in Cosi fan tutte at 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.
Susan Bickley, Mary Bevan, Susanna Hurrell & Anthony Gregory: Royal Opera House’s Orfeo
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.
Anthony Gregory: role debut as Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw with Glyndebourne Tour
Anthony Gregory returns to Glyndebourne Opera on 18 October where he will make his role debut as Peter Quint / Prologue in The Turn of the Screw. Gregory started his career in the Glyndebourne Chorus, became a Jerwood Young Artist in 2010 and subsequently covered Peter Quint at the 2011 Glyndebourne Festival. He will perform under the baton of Leo McFall alongside Natalya Romaniw as Governess, Anne Mason as Mrs Grose and Miranda Keys as Miss Jessel. The production begins at Glyndebourne before beginning the tour in Woking on 30 October.
Earlier this year Daily Telegraph critic Rupert Christianson praised his “honeyed, fluent Italianate voice” and picked him out as one of opera’s future stars.
Gregory will make a series of notable role and house debuts this season: Shepherd and Title Role L’Orfeo for Royal Opera and English National Opera; Ferrando Cosi fan tutte for Opera de Limoges; and Oronte in a new production of Alcina at the Aix-en-Provence Festival.
Anthony Gregory performs Il Re Pastore at Verbier Festival with Rolando Villazón
British tenor Anthony Gregory returns to the Verbier Festival to sing the role of Agenore in Il re pastore on 2 August. Tenor Rolando Villazón sings the title role and directs this semi-staged production of Mozart’s opera. They are joined by young sopranos Iulia Maria Dan as Aminta, Regula Muhlemann as Elisa, Emoke Barath as Tamiri, and the Verbier Festival Orchestra under the baton of Gábor Takács-Nagy.
Gregory made his debut at the Verbier Festival last season when he performed the role of Rodrigo Otello alongside Anna Netrebko and Aleksandr Antonenko and under the baton of Valery Gergiev, and was heard in concert performances of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy under Charles Dutoit. He also took the role of Almvaviva in the Verbier Academy’s production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
Acclaimed for his unique timbre, stage presence and musicality, he is making a name for himself in the Mozart repertoire: “…Anthony Gregory, as Ferrando, sings with confidence and ardour of youth. A Mozart tenor to watch,” (Hugh Canning, Sunday Times). Earlier this year he was picked out by Daily Telegraph critic Rupert Christianson as one of the future operatic stars – click here to read the feature.
Next season Anthony Gregory makes a series of notable role and house debuts: Peter Quint and Prologue The Turn of the Screw for Glyndebourne on Tour; Shepherd and title role L’Orfeo for Royal Opera and English National Opera respectively; Ferrando Cosi Fan Tutte for Opera de Limoges; and Oronte in a new production of Alcina at the Aix-en-Provence Festival.
Susan Bickley, Matthew Best & Anthony Gregory in world premiere of Anderson’s Thebans
Susan Bickley, Matthew Best and Anthony Gregory perform the roles of Jocasta, Tiresias and Haemon respectively in the world premiere of Julian Anderson’s Thebans for English National Opera on 3 May. Conducted by Edward Gardner and directed by Pierre Audi, this new opera re-tells Sophocles’ timeless Theban tragedies, focusing on the fate of Oedipus and his daughter Antigone. Bickley, Best and Gregory will perform alongside Roland Wood in the title role, Peter Hoare as Creon and Julia Sporsén as Antigone.
Susan Bickley returns to ENO for a second time this season, following her critically acclaimed turn as Eduige in Richard Jones’ new production of Rodelinda. Following Thebans, Bickley ends this season with Waltraute in Opera North’s new production of Götterdämmerung, the final instalment of their four year Ring Cycle. Highlights next season include a reprisal of Virgie in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Anna Nicole at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Herodias Salome for Dallas Opera, Messagiera Orfeo for the ROH at the Roundhouse and a return to ENO for another world premiere.
Following his successful performances of Swallow in the revival of David Alden’s Peter Grimes at ENO, Matthew Best returns to house for the final time this season in Thebans. Best will then go to Buxton Opera Festival where he will sing the Count in Dvořák’s The Jacobin, before reprising the role of Commendatore in Don Giovanni with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Highlights next season include Best’s return to Scottish Opera.
Thebans is the last of three new productions in Anthony Gregory’s busy 2013/14 season as an ENO Harewood Artist. Earlier in the season he performed Second Armed Man and covered Tamino in Simon McBurney’s innovative new production of The Magic Flute, and Borsa in Christopher Alden’s Rigoletto alongside Quinn Kelsey, Barry Banks and Anna Christy. Later in the season, at the invitation of Rollando Villazon, he returns to the Verbier Festival in the role of Agenore in Mozart’s Il Re Pastore. He then performs Tamino for NI Opera; Prologue and Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw for Glyndebourne on Tour; and Shepherd L’Orfeo in his Royal Opera House debut at the Roundhouse Theatre.