Lise Davidsen stars in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence with Huw Montague Rendall
Lise Davidsen returns to the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos from 4 July 2018 at the Festival International d'Art Lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence. Davidsen is a former artist of the Académie d'Aix-en-Provence and heads a cast that also includes Huw Montague Rendall as Harlequin. Katie Mitchell's new production is conducted Marc Albrecht.
Davidsen has sung the role of Ariadne to great acclaim already this season at Wiener Staatsoper. Last season she sang the role for her debut at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, which was met with universal acclaim from the critics:
“It will surely go down as one of those 'I was there' moments... you may banish me to Naxos if she doesn’t become the most wanted Wagnerian soprano of her generation.”
“The sensation was the Ariadne of Lise Davidsen. The young Norwegian soprano’s voice, silken at the top, rich with deep mezzo colours, pours forth flawlessly as if in one clear, stupendous breath. It’s one of the greatest voices I have heard.”
Montague Rendall is currently a member of the International Opera Studio Zürich, where his roles include Nardo La finta giardiniera, Papageno (cover) Die Zauberflöte, Nazarener Salome and Yamadori in a new production of Madama Butterfly. Ariadne auf Naxos is his debut both as Harlequin and at Aix. Looking ahead he makes debuts in leading roles with Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Komische Oper Berlin and Garsington Opera.
Ariadne auf Naxos runs until 16 July.
Huw Montague Rendall & Natalia Tanasii perform La finta giardiniera in Zürich
Huw Montague Rendall and Natalia Tanasii sing Nardo and Arminda in Mozart La finta giardiniera with Opernhaus Zürich at Theather Winterthur on 5 May 2018. Montague Rendall and Tanasii sing alongside fellow members of the prestigious International Opera Studio.
Later this season, Montague Rendall makes his role and house debut at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence as Harlequin Ariadne auf Naxos in a new production by Katie Mitchell which will be revived next season at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. Further highlights next season include his debut as a guest artist at Opernhaus Zürich singing Schaunard La bohème followed by a role and house debut as Marcello La bohème at Komische Oper. On the concert platform he appears with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra performing Mendelssohn’s Die Erste Walpurgisnacht. Further ahead he makes debuts as Prince of Mantua Fantasio, Ned Keene Peter Grimes and Papageno Die Zauberflöte.
Tanasii opened last season at Den Norkse Opera & Ballet with Calixto Bieito’s staged production of Britten War Requiem, a production she later revisited at the Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao. Later in the season she made her debut as Fiordiligi in a new production of Cosi fan tutte and reprised the role of Micaela Carmen, both at Den Norske Opera & Ballet. Her roles in Zürich this season included Sklave Salome; Undis, Birks Mutter/Wilddrude Ronja Räubertochter and cover Micaela Carmen. Further ahead she sings Tatiana Eugene Onegin.
Performances of La finta giardiniera run until 18 May.
Natalia Tanasii & Huw Montague Rendall join new production of Madama Butterfly at Opernhaus Zürich
Natalia Tanasii and Huw Montague Rendall join Opernhaus Zürich's new production of Madama Butterfly from 10 December 2017, singing the roles of Yamadori and Kate Pinkerton. The producion is directed by Ted Huffman and conducted by Daniele Rustioni.
Tanasii and Montague Rendall are both current members of the prestigious International Opera Studio at Opernhaus Zürich and former Jerwood Young Artists at the Glyndebourne Festival.
Montague Rendall made his debut at the Salzburg Festspiele last summer in the role of Second Apprentice Wozzeck and has sung Ramiro L’Heure Espagnole, Deputati Don Carlo, Nardo La finta giardiniera and Foreman 3 Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District in Zürich. This season he makes his role and house debut as Harlequin Ariadne auf Naxos at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence alongside Lise Davidsen and Eric Cutler. In Zürich his roles include Nardo La finta giardiniera, Papageno (cover) Die Zauberflöte and Nazarener Salome.
Tanasii opened last season at Den Norkse Opera & Ballet with Calixto Bieito’s staged production of Britten’s War Requiem, a production she later revisited at the Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao. Later in the season she made her debut as Fiordiligi in a new production of Cosi fan tutte and reprised the role of Micaela Carmen, both at Den Norske Opera & Ballet. Her roles in Zürich this season include Sklave Salome; Undis, Birks Mutter/Wilddrude Ronja Räubertochter and Arminda La finta giardiniera. Further ahead she sings Tatiana Eugene Onegin.
Performances of Madama Butterfly run until 10 January 2018.
Rachael Wilson & Huw Montague Rendall perform with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
Rachel Wilson and Huw Montague Rendall join the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra on 20 October 2017 for a concert commemmorating Leonard Bernstein at 100. Rüütel and Montague Rendall perform Duruflé Requiem and Elgar Sea Pictures.
Montague Rendall, a current member of the International Opera Studio at Opernhaus Zürich, made his debut at the Salzburg Festspiele last summer in the role of Second Apprentice Wozzeck. This season he makes his role and house debut as Harlequin Ariadne auf Naxos at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence alongside Lise Davidsen and Eric Cutler. In Zürich his roles include Nardo La finta giardiniera, Papageno (cover) Die Zauberflöte, Nazarener Salome and Yamadori in a new production of Madama Butterfly.
Wilson is a current member of the Bayerische Staatsoper Ensemble. Her recent highlights include Die Zauberflöte in Tokyo with the Bayerische Staatsoper, her debuts as Dorabella in Così fan tutte and Fatima Oberon with Bayerische Staatsoper and John Adams Nixon in China with the composer and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Forthcoming highlights at Bayerische Staatsoper include Mulattin Andrea Chenier, Wellgunde & Schwertleite Der Ring des Nibelungen, Mercédès Carmen, Tisbe La Cenerentola, Dryade Ariadne auf Naxos, Pantalis Mefistofele, Alisa Lucia di Lammermoor and Stimme aus der Höhe & Blumenmädchen Parsifal.
Intermusica singers at the 2017 Salzburg Festival
The Salzburg Festival begins on 21 July 2017, and this summer four Intermusica singers perform throughout its duration. Sir Willard White returns to Salzburg to sing the role of Publio in Mozart La clemenza di Tito in Peter Sellars' new production from 27 July. Performing under the baton of Teodor Currentzis, White joins a cast that also features Russell Thomas, Golda Schultz, Christina Gansch, Marianne Crebassa and Jeanine De Bique. The opening night performance will be broadcast live by ORF and by BR.
Also performing at Salzburg this summer are three singers making their debuts at the festival: Michael Colvin, Huw Montague Rendall and Jamez McCorkle. Colvin's debut at the festival is as the Duke of Cornwall in a new production of Reimann's Lear, which opens on 20 August. Colvin returns to the role following performances last season at Opéra de Paris. Next season, he makes debuts at Vlaamse Opera singing Caius Falstaff and at Monte Carlo where he reprises the role of Bob Boles Peter Grimes. He also returns to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, to sing Bardolfo Falstaff.
Both Huw Montague Rendall and Jamez McCorkle join Salzburg's prestigious Young Artists Programme and also make their debuts on the main stage. McCorkle sings Fante del Consiglio I due Foscari and covers Tito La clemenza di Tito, while Montague Rendall sings Second Apprentice Wozzeck. In addition to these roles, both artists will appear in the Young Artists Programme Final Concert on 26 August. Next season, both McCorkle and Montague Rendall will be members of the International Opera Studio at Opernhaus Zürich.
Huw Montague Rendall debuts as Ramiro in L’Heure Espagnole at Opernhaus Zürich
Huw Montague Rendall makes his role debut as Ramiro in Opernhaus Zürich's new production of Ravel L’Heure Espagnole from 4 May 2017, part of a double bill with L’enfant et les sortilèges. Jan Eßinger directs and Pavel Baleff conducts the performances, which are a showcase of the International Opera Studio at Theater Winterthur.
Formerly a Jerwood Young Artist at Glyndebourne and winner of the prestigious John Christie Award, 23-year-old Montague Rendall joined the International Opera Studio Opernhaus Zürich this season. This summer he joins the Salzburg Festival Young Artist Programme and makes his debut in William Kentridge’s production of Wozzeck. After his graduation from the Zürich studio in 2018, he makes debuts at the Aix-en-Provence Festival and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.
L’Heure Espagnole opens on 4 May with performances until 14 May.
Huw Montague Rendall wins John Christie Award
Huw Montague Rendall was awarded the prestigious John Christie Award on 28 August 2016, following his performance in the role of Fiorello in Glyndebourne Festival Opera’s production of Il barbiere di Siviglia, at both Glyndebourne Festival 2016 and the BBC Proms. As a 2016 Jerwood Young Artist, Montague Rendall was part of the Glyndebourne chorus, performing in productions of Le nozze di Figaro, Béatrice et Bénédict and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.
The annual award is given to a promising young singer to fund private study, and the recipient receives funding towards their further training and development as a singer. Previous award recipients have included Kate Royal (2004), Matthew Rose (2006), Allan Clayton (2008), Duncan Rock (2010) and Louise Alder (2014).
Montague Rendall now begins his 2016/17 season as part of the International Opera Studio Opernhaus Zürich, and sings the roles of Deputati Don Carlo, Foreman 3 Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and L’Orloge/Chat L’Enfant et les Sortileges/L’Heure Espagnole. Next summer Montague Rendall makes his debut at the Salzburg Festival.
Danielle de Niese makes role debut as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Danielle de Niese returns to Glyndebourne Festival Opera this month to make her role debut as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, opening on 22 May 2016
Conducted by Enrique Mazzola and directed by Annabel Arden, De Niese leads the cast which includes Intermusica artists Christophoros Stamboglis, who makes his festival debut as Basilio, and Jerwood Artist Huw Montague Rendall as Fiorello. The production transfers to the Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Proms 2016 on 25 July.
De Niese returns to Glyndebourne after great success with her performances at the festival in 2015, when she performed in a Ravel double bill as Concepción in L’heure espagnole and the Child in L’enfant et les sortilèges:
“At the centre of both dramas was Danielle de Niese, who showed remarkable versatility in taking on both the errant Concepción in L’Heure and the tantrum-afflicted protagonist of L’Enfant. Her acting was a constant source of stage energy and joie de vivre, her French declamation was idiomatic and full of rhythmic élan, and she sang her one, exquisite little aria, ‘Toi, le Coeur de la rose’, to moving effect.”
Opera, September 2015
Rosina is de Niese's first Rossini role, and next season she makes another important role debut as Donna Elvira at Semperoper Dresden. Other highlights include her debuts at the Ravinia and Edinburgh Festivals as well as Wiener Staatsoper.
Stamboglis, a veteran of buffo roles, has recently appeared as Bartolo Le nozze di Figaro at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera, Teatro Real and Grand Théâtre de Genève and the title role of Don Pasquale in Rennes. Future engagements include Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Bayerische Staatsoper.
Huw Montague Rendall is a 2016 Jerwood artist. Following his summer at Glyndebourne he will join the International Opera Studio in Zurich.
Following the opening on 22 May performances continue throughout May, June and July before closing with the exclusive performance at the BBC Proms on 22 July.