“Brilliantly conducted and acted with an invigorating freshness of detail": Sir John Eliot Gardiner & Joélle Harvey make triumphant return to Covent Garden
Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Joélle Harvey made a stellar return to Covent Garden on 29 June 2019, joining the Royal Opera for their sixth revival of David McVicar’s ever-popular staging of Mozart Le nozze di Figaro. Gardiner conducted a cast that starred Harvey as Susanna alongside Christian Gerhaher and Simon Keenlyside as Figaro and Count Almaviva. The production runs at the Royal Opera House until 21 July, and is broadcast live on 23 big screens around the UK on 9 July.
Read a selection of the reviews below:
“Brilliantly conducted and acted with an invigorating freshness of detail… Joélle Harvey sings the most delectably mellifluous Susanna to have been heard here for some years… The clinching factor in this revival’s success lies in the pit with the brilliant musicianship of John Eliot Gardiner, who finds space for the deepest of Mozartian feelings”
Five stars, Financial Times
“Few know this score better or talk about it more interestingly than [Gardiner]. There is terrific zip and attention to detail, and orchestral insights abound… Joélle Harvey has the ideal warmth of voice for Susanna…”
“Good things come from the Susanna of Joélle Harvey, delightfully spirited… John Eliot Gardiner’s work in the pit. Rhythmic snap, neatly swelling dynamics, unflagging momentum: all these add salt and pepper”
“Gardiner and the orchestra started things with a lithe and lively account of the overture, here a counterpoint to the preparations for the start of 'la folle journée'. Throughout Gardiner kept the piece flowing, the fast was fast without being driven and the slower speeds were well calibrated to the lighter voices in the cast… Harvey was a poised and stylish Susanna, delightfully light voiced and very characterful. There was a lovely detail in her relationship with Christian Gerhaher's Figaro, and immense sympathy in her relationship with Kleiter's Countess, but were always aware of public and private, master and servant. The way she fined her voice right down for her Act Four serenade was completely magical.”
“Where Thomas Guthrie’s latest revival of McVicar’s 2006 original really scores is in the divine partnership of Joélle Harvey as Susanna and Julia Kleiter as the Countess. I’ve rarely heard such an exquisitely matched pair of sopranos in these roles, and their third-act duet 'Sull’aria' made time stand still. Harvey’s voice is a ravishing instrument that never ceases to impress, nowhere more than in the final act with a deliciously poised 'Deh vieni'.”
Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts Le nozze di Figaro at Covent Garden with Joélle Harvey
Sir John Eliot Gardiner returns to the Royal Opera House on 29 June 2019 to conduct Mozart Le nozze di Figaro, his first return to Covent Garden since he conducted Gluck Orphée et Eurydice in 2015. Gardiner conducts a world-class cast that features Intermusica’s Joélle Harvey as well as Christian Gerhaher as Figaro and Simon Keenlyside as Count Almaviva. David McVicar’s production is revived by Thomas Guthrie.
One of Mozart’s most popular operas, Le nozze di Figaro was the composer’s first collaboration with librettist Lorenzo da Ponte, who also wrote the librettos for Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte. Harvey sings the role of Susanna, Figaro’s bride-to-be and the subject of Count Almaviva’s unwanted attentions.
Le nozze di Figaro runs at Covent Garden until 21 July. The performance on 7 July will be broadcast live on BP Big Screens in 23 locations around the UK – click here for more information.
Joélle Harvey sings Mozart’s Requiem with the Handel+Haydn Society
This weekend, Joélle Harvey joins the Handel+Haydn Society at the Symphony Hall in Boston for performances of Mozart’s Requiem on 3 and 5 May. She performs alongside mezzo-soprano Sandra Piques Eddy, tenor Tom Randle, bass Soloman Howard and the Handel+Haydn Orchestra and Chorus under the baton of Harry Christophers.
Harvey is a frequent soloist with H+H and recently performed Handel’s Messiah and Saul with the group. Upcoming performances this season include Handel’s nine German Arias at Carnegie Hall on 10 May and Shriver Halas on 12 May as part of a US tour with the British ensemble Arcangelo. She will then return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to perform Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro under Sir John Elliot Gardiner.
Intermusica Artists star in The Metropolitan Opera’s 2019/20 season
Five Intermusica artists feature in The Metropolitan Opera’s 2019/20 season, announced last week.
Lise Davidsen will make her Metropolitan Opera debut as Lisa in Tchaikovsky The Queen of Spades from 29 November to 21 December 2019. Also making their house debuts are Joélle Harvey in the role of Pamina in Mozart The Magic Flute on selected dates from 15 December, and Angela Brower singing the role of Octavian in Strauss Der Rosenkavalier on 28 December.
Mark Wigglesworth returns to the Met to conduct Gluck Orfeo ed Euridice from 20 October. Dolora Zajick, a regular at the Met, sings Kabanicha in Janacek Káťa Kabanová opening 2 May 2020.
Intermusica artists feature in the Southbank Centre's 2019/20 Classical Season
The Southbank Centre announced its 2019/20 Classical Season on 18 February, and Intermusica artists appear throughout. In addition to the Southbank Centre's world class annual programming, the new season also marks the start of Beethoven 250, the venue's year-long celebration of the composer's birth.
Southbank Centre Associate Artists Marin Alsop and Colin Currie both give multiple performances over the course of the season. On 9 November, Alsop conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of Walton Belshazzar's Feast alongside Butterworth A Shropshire Lad and Elgar Enigma Variations. She then returns in April for Beyond Beethoven 9, in which she leads the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and a massed choir of 200 singers in two performances of Beethoven Symphony No.9 together with four new commissions between the movements of the symphony.
Beyond Beethoven 9 is part of All Together: A Global Ode to Joy, an initiative in conjunction with Carnegie Hall which take place on five continents with nine orchestras and sees the symphony reimagined as a “twenty-first century call for unity, justice and empowerment”. Read our full story on All Together here.
Currie first appears at the Southbank in the 2019/20 season at the International Chamber Music Series, recreating the premiere of Steve Reich Drumming at the Hayward Gallery with the Colin Currie Group on 6 and 7 December. He performs in the series again on 1 February 2020 alongside the JACK Quartet. Finally he joins the Philharmonia Orchestra for an Artist Portrait concert in their Music of Today series on 14 May.
Kirill Gerstein joins the London Philharmonic Orchestra in concert on 23 October to give the UK premiere of Thomas Adès Piano Concerto, performing under the baton of the composer himself. He then returns to the Philharmonia Orchestra on 13 February 2020 alongside Lahav Shani, who conducts Gerstein in Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini as well as Prokofiev Overture to War and Peace and Romeo and Juliet.
Daniil Trifonov also gives two performances at the Southbank Centre. On 31 October, he performs a solo recital of Schumann, Beethoven and Prokofiev at the Royal Festival Hall. On 22 March 2020, he joins Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony as the soloist for Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.4, part of Tilson Thomas' final season at the head of the orchestra.
In 2020 Lise Davidsen performs with the long-standing chiefs of both the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Vladimir Jurowski. On 19 March, she joins Salonen and the Philharmonia to sing Mahler Humeresken, a collection of settings of poems from Des Knaben Wunderhorn. Then on 4 April she performs Beethoven Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II with Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, part of the Beethoven 250 series.
Also appearing in the Southbank Centre's 2019/20 season are conductors Charles Hazlewood (28 September), Geoffrey Paterson (21 November), Andrew Manze (7 December), Mark Wigglesworth (4 February 2020), Emmanuel Krivine (14 February 2020), John Wilson (27 February 2020), Thierry Fischer (10 March 2020) and Nicholas Collon (16 May 2020); violinists James Ehnes (9 October) and Leonidas Kavakos (27 February 2020); singers Sofia Fomina (19 October), Susan Bickley (30 November), Mary Bevan (15 December), Susanna Hurrell and Simon Shibambu (15 January 2020), Patricia Bardon (1 February 2020), Joélle Harvey (20 February 2020) and Wallis Giunta (11 June 2020); pianists Andreas Haefliger (15 March 2020) and George Li (3 May 2020); and cellist Kian Soltani (27 February 2020).
Intermusica is proud to co-promote the International Chamber Music Series with the Southbank Centre, a relationship which has lasted for almost 30 years. Click here to read our full summary of the series in the 2019/20 season.
Click here for complete details for Southbank Centre's 2019/20 classical season.
Joélle Harvey & David Butt Philip perform at Buckingham Palace gala for the Prince of Wales' 70th birthday
Joélle Harvey and David Butt Philip performed at a gala at Buckingham Palace on 25 October 2018 to celebrate the 70th birthday of the Prince of Wales. In collaboration with the Royal Opera House and conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano, Butt Philip sang the role of Walther von Stolzing in the quintet from Wagner Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and the role of Bardolfo in the finale of Verdi Falstaff. Harvey sang ‘Da tempeste il legno infranto’ from Handel's Giulio Cesare. Also in performance at the gala were Stephen Fry, Judi Dench and Sir Kenneth Branagh.
Click here for a slideshow of photos from the event via the Evening Standard.
Joélle Harvey sings Mahler's Symphony No.2 with the Cleveland Orchestra
Joélle Harvey joins the Cleveland Orchestra for three concerts this month, performing Mahler Symphony No.2 at the Cleveland's Severance Hall on 4, 5 and 6 October. Harvey performs alongside mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and conductor Franz Welser-Möst.
Harvey returned to the BBC Proms this summer to sing another Mahler symphony. She joined Thomas Søndergärd and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales to sing in her first performance of the composer's Symphony No.8, commonly known as the Symphony of a Thousand.
10 Intermusica artists nominated for 2018 Gramophone Awards
The shortlist for the 2018 Gramophone Awards has been released, and there are 10 Intermusica artists included among the nominations. The winners will be announced at the Gramophone Awards Ceremony on 13 September.
See the full details of the nominees below.
Renaud Capuçon features on two nominated recordings in the Chamber category, both released on Erato. The first, of Brahms String Sextets, was recorded live at Capuçon's Festival de Pacques in Aix-en-Provence, while the second nominated record is a collection of chamber works by Debussy.
The Pavel Haas Quartet and Boris Giltburg are nominated for their recording of Dvorák Quintets, which was released by Supraphon. The recording was met with great acclaim upon release and was named Recording of the Month by BBC Music Magazine, Album of the Week in the Sunday Times and Editor's Choice by Gramophone.
In the Choral category, Joélle Harvey features on Arcangelo's nominated recording of three Magnificats from CPE Bach, JS Bach and JC Bach. Harvey was praised by Gramophone for her "uniformly dramatic and engaging singing".
Lise Davidsen features in the Concerto category, singing in the Incidental Music to Peer Gynt in the Bergen Philharmonic and Edward Gardner's album of Grieg, which also features the composer's Piano Concerto.
Martyn Brabbins is nominated for three awards this year. In the Contemporary category, he is nominated for his BIS recording devoted to the works of John Pickard and his NMC album of Howard Skempton The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. He is also nominated in the Orchestral category for his recording of Tippett's First and Second Symphonies, released on Hyperion.
In the Orchestral category, Colin Currie featured on Ondine's recording of Elliot Carter Late Works. Currie performed Two Controversies and a Conversation, a work for piano, percussion and chamber orchestra.
Mary Bevan's solo album, Voyages, is nominated in the Solo Voice category. Recorded with pianist Joseph Middleton, Voyages features a wide-ranging group of songs by composers including Bréville, Schubert, Debussy and Duparc.
Joélle Harvey and Patricia Bardon return to Glyndebourne Festival Opera for Giulio Cesare
Joélle Harvey returns to Glyndebourne Festival Opera this week as Cleopatra in David McVicar’s much-loved production of Handel Giulio Cesare, opening on 10 June under the baton of William Christie. Last summer Harvey was praised for her “angelic-voiced” Servilia in Mozart La clemenza di Tito at Glyndebourne, and this summer appears opposite Sarah Connolly as Cesare, Patricia Bardon as Cornelia, Anna Stephany as Sesto, and Christoph Dumaux as Tolomeo.
Earlier this season, Harvey performed Almirena in Handel Rinaldo with The English Concert and Harry Bicket on an international tour including concerts at the Barbican and Carnegie Hall, as well as Susanna in Mozart Le nozze di Figaro for Pittsburgh Opera and Handel Messiah with the New York Philharmonic. This summer Harvey also performs Mahler Symphony No.8 with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Thomas Søndergård in her return to the BBC Proms on 22 July. Further ahead she will return to Carnegie Hall to give her debut solo recital there, and will make several significant opera house and role debuts in the US.
Patricia Bardon is renowned for her interpretations of Baroque repertoire and Handel in particular. Further highlights of the 2017/18 season have included Zenobia in a concert tour of Handel Radamisto with the Orchester Wiener Akademie, in addition to Ulrica Un ballo in maschera at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona and for Opera North.
Andrew Manze conducts the New York Philharmonic in Handel Messiah with Joélle Harvey
Andrew Manze conducts five performances of Handel Messiah with the New York Philharmonic at David Geffen Hall this month, running from 12 to 16 December, with Joélle Harvey as one of the soloists. The performances will also feature the Westminster Symphonic Choir, Jennifer Johnson Cano, Ben Bliss, and Andrew Foster-Williams.
Manze, Harvey and the New York Philharmonic performed the Messiah together in 2013, met by critical acclaim:
“Ms. Harvey’s luminous soprano was well cast in the pastoral passages as well as in the gently lilting melody of “How beautiful are the feet.”… Mr. Manze drew a warm-bodied and agile performance from the Philharmonic players that brought out the rich textures and contours of Handel’s score.”
New York Times
Joélle Harvey returns to Glyndebourne Festival Opera next summer as Cleopatra in Handel Giulio Cesare, and in the spring can be seen as Almirena in Handel Rinaldo on tour with The English Concert.
Joélle Harvey sings Servilia in La clemenza di Tito at Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Joélle Harvey returns to Glyndebourne Festival Opera on 26 July 2017 to sing Servilia in Mozart La clemenza di Tito. Robin Ticciati conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and a cast including Alice Coote, Anna Stéphany, Clive Bayley and Richard Croft.
Harvey has recently sung Pat Nixon in John Adams Nixon in China for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and in the autumn she appears as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro for Pittsburgh Opera. She returns to Glyndebourne in 2018 to sing Cleopatra in David McVicar’s acclaimed production of Giulio Cesare.
La clemenza di Tito opens at Glyndebourne on 26 July, and is also featured at the BBC Proms on 28 August at the Royal Albert Hall.
Intermusica at the 2017 BBC Proms
The BBC announced the line-up for the 2017 Proms on 20 April 2017, and as ever Intermusica artists and orchestras play a leading role in the festival. Every Prom is broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and on the BBC website, with select concerts broadcast on BBC television live or at a later date.
Simon Halsey’s Proms Youth Choir give the opening concert of the Proms on 14 July, performing John Adams Harmonium alongside the BBC Symphony Chorus and BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner.
Joshua Weilerstein makes his debut at the Proms on 19 July, conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra at 7.30pm the Royal Albert Hall. Weilerstein conducts a programme of Rebel Les élémens – le chaos, Berlioz Symphonie fantastique and Pascal Dusapin’s cello concerto Outscape, for which he is joined by his sister, cellist Alisa Weilerstein.
Nicholas Collon and his Aurora Orchestra return to the Proms to perform another symphony from memory at 7.30pm on 22 July. This time, they perform Beethoven Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’, preceded by an introduction from Tom Service accompanied by excerpts from Collon and the orchestra. The programme for the concert also includes Strauss Metamorphosen.
John Wilson makes the first of two appearances at this year’s Proms at 6.30pm on 25 July when he performs with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Wilson, the orchestra’s Associate Guest Conductor, leads the orchestra in a programme of Vaughan Williams Symphony No.9 and Holst The Planets.
Christopher Purves also makes two appearances at the Proms this year, with his first coming on 27 July. Purves joins Juanjo Mena, the BBC Philharmonic and the Crouch End Festival Chorus to perform the London premiere of Mark Simpson The Immortal, an oratorio inspired by Victorian séances.
Mark Wigglesworth is joined by pianist Stephen Hough and the BBC Philharmonic at 7.30pm on 29 July to perform Brahms Piano Concerto No.1, David Sawyer The Greatest Happiness on Earth and Haydn Symphony No.99.
Sir James MacMillan’s European Requiem receives its European premiere at the Proms at 7pm on 30 July from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and conductor Xian Zhang, with Jacques Imbrailo performing as the baritone soloist.
Sir John Eliot Gardiner returns to the Proms on 2 August with the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, this time for a late night Prom at the Royal Albert Hall at 10.15pm. Gardiner conducts his ensembles in a performance of cantatas by Bach and Schütz.
Sir John Eliot Gardiner makes his second Proms appearance of the year at 7.30pm on 8 August, this time conducting the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique in a performance of Berlioz La damnation du Faust.
Lise Davidsen makes her debut at the Proms at 7.30pm on 10 August with the BBC Philharmonic and John Storgårds. Davidsen joins the orchestra to perform Sibelius Luonnotar and extracts from Grieg Peer Gynt.
John Wilson’s second Proms appearance this year comes on 11 August when his John Wilson Orchestra returns for its annual concert. This year, Wilson leads the orchestra in two performances of Rogers & Hammerstein Oklahoma!, at 2pm and 7.30pm.
Christopher Purves joins the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle for a performance of Schoenberg Gurrelieder at 7.30pm on 19 August. Also performing are three of Simon Halsey’s choruses – City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Chorus and Orfeó Català. Halsey also leads a Gurrelieder Proms Extra Sing Day at London Imperial College earlier that day.
Tim Mead returns to the Proms alongside John Butt and the Dunedin Consort for the third concert of the Proms’ Reformation Day at 7.45pm on 20 August. Mead follows last year’s Bach Mass in B minor with Bach St John Passion, singing alongside a cast that also includes Sophie Bevan, Nicholas Mulroy, Matthew Brook and Andrew Tortise.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Beyond the Score® appears at the Proms at 7.30pm on 23 August, with a performance of Dvorák Symphony No.9 ‘From the New World’ given by the Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder alongside a multi-media exploration of the symphony directed by Beyond the Score founder Gerard McBurney.
Leonidas Kavakos reunites with Riccardo Chailly at 6.30pm on 25 August, as Intermusica bring the conductor and his Filarmonica della Scala to the Proms to perform Brahms and Respighi. Kavakos joins the orchestra for Brahms Violin Concerto, which is followed by Respighi Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome.
Joélle Harvey returns to the Proms as Glyndebourne’s production of Mozart La clemenza di Tito comes to the Royal Albert Hall at 7pm on 28 August. Harvey takes the role of Servilia, with accompaniment from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Robin Ticciati.
Intermusica is delighted to bring the Oslo Philharmonic and Vasily Petrenko to the Proms at 7.30pm on 29 August. Petrenko conducts the orchestra in an all-Russian programme of Stravinsky The Firebird (1919 version), Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.4 and Shostakovich Symphony No.12.
The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra bring an all-Mendelssohn programme to the Proms this year from 1pm on 3 September. Conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado, the orchestra perform Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture, Violin Concerto with Isabelle Faust and Symphony No.5
Ben Johnson joins Sakari Oramo, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and an international cast of soloists for the Last Night of the Proms on 9 September. The Last Night begins from 7.15pm and will be broadcast live on BBC Two, and Johnson sings Kodály Te Deum.
Joélle Harvey and Rachael Wilson join the LA Philharmonic & John Adams for Nixon in China
Joélle Harvey and Rachael Wilson join the LA Philharmonic Orchestra at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on 3 and 5 March to perform John Adams Nixon in China. Harvey takes the role of Pat Nixon while Wilson sings Third Secretary in a semi-staged production directed by Elkhanah Pulitzer. John Adams himself conducts.
Harvey’s other concert appearances this season include Dalinda in Handel Ariodante with the English Concert on tour, Bach Mass in B Minor with the Cincinnati May Festival and Pergolesi Stabat Mater with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. This summer she returns to Glyndebourne Festival Opera as Servilia in La Clemenza di Tito.
Wilson is currently a member of the Bayerische Staatsoper ensemble and this season makes two major role debuts in Munich: Dorabella Cosi fan tutte and Fatima in a new production of Oberon at the Munich Opera Festival. Further future roles in Munich include Flora La Traviata, Pantalis Mefistofele, and Tsibe La Cenerentola.
Joélle Harvey joins Intermusica for European management
Intermusica is delighted to announce that American soprano Joélle Harvey has signed for European management.
Harvey has performed Sicle L'ormindo for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and returns to the Glyndebourne Festival Opera this summer to sing Servilia La clemenza di Tito, conducted by Robin Ticciati.
A prolific concert artist, Harvey recently sang El Nino by John Adams with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by the composer himself at the Barbican and Mahler Das Klagende Lied with San Francisco Symphony, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas.
Later this season Harvey sings Dalinda Ariodante with The English Concert and Harry Bicket and Pat Nixon Nixon in China with the LA Philharmonic. Other appearances on the operatic stage have included at the Aix en Provence Festival (Galatea Acis and Galatea, Zerlina Don Giovanni) and Glyndebourne Festival Opera (Serpetta La finta giardiniera, Adina L'elisir d'amore, Susanna Le nozze di Figaro, and The Fairy Queen).