Nicholas Collon conducts Peter Grimes at Oper Köln with Rebecca de Pont Davies
Nicholas Collon joins the Guerzenich-orchester in the pit at Oper Köln to conduct Britten's Peter Grimes from 25 November 2018. Collon is joined for the production by Rebecca de Pont Davies, who makes her house debut in the role of Mrs Sedley. The production is directed by Freddy Wake-Walker, and there are further performances on 28 and 30 November and 2, 6 and 8 December.
On 2 December Collon conducts Peter Grimes in the evening and a benefit concert at the Koelner Philharmonie with the Guerzenich Orchester (of which he is Principal Guest) in the morning with a programme of Adès, Bruch and Britten.
De Pont Davies is widely recognized for her Britten performances. She has sung Mrs Sedley for Opera North, Grange Park Opera, in Valencia and at the Liceu, Barcelona, in addition to Auntie Peter Grimes for English National Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin and her Glyndebourne debut in Death in Venice.
Rebecca de Pont Davies debuts at Opéra National de Paris in Gianni Schicchi
Rebecca de Pont Davies makes her house debut at the Opéra National de Paris as Zita Gianni Schicchi from 17 May 2018, performing under the baton of Maxime Pascal. Laurent Pelly directs a cast including Vittorio Grigolo.
De Pont Davies is praised internationally for her dynamic interpretations of diverse mezzo roles, with recent highlights including Kabanicha Káťa Kabanová at the Teatro Regio di Torino, Auntie Peter Grimes at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos Lisbon, Mother Lulu for English National Opera and a return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for Hostess of the Inn in Richard Jones’ new production of Boris Godunov under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano. The Telegraph wrote of de Pont Davies’ Katisha The Mikado for Scottish Opera:
"So it was left to Rebecca de Pont Davies, a wild-eyed Katisha in witchy black - Maggie Smith playing Cruella de Vil – to let rip with the melodramatics and pretty much steal the whole show."
Gianni Schicchi is presented as a double bill with Ravel L’heure Espagnole, with performances at the Opéra Bastille running until 17 June.
Rebecca de Pont Davies sings Auntie in David Alden’s Peter Grimes in Lisbon
Rebecca de Pont Davies takes the stage at Teatro Nacional de São Carlos on 30 May 2017 for the house's revival of David Alden's 2009 production of Britten Peter Grimes.
Alden's production was most recently revived at English National Opera in 2014, with Alden and de Pont Davies receiving critical acclaim:
“Alden’s reading…makes for potent theatre…The extremity of the conception, the director’s powers of theatrical invention, the simplicity of the settings – these features keep attention on the poisonous social atmosphere…The production is a knockout.”
“Rebecca de Pont Davis's androgynous Auntie [was] particularly outstanding.”
Peter Grimes runs 30 May until 7 June.
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.
Rebecca de Pont Davies makes her debut at the Teatro Regio di Torino as Kabanicha in Káťa Kabanová
Rebecca de Pont Davies travels to Turin this month to sing Kabanicha in Robert Carsen’s production of Janáček Káťa Kabanová at Teatro Regio from 15 February 2017. The performances, conducted by Marco Angius, mark de Pont Davies' debut at the house.
Further highlights this season include De Pont Davies’ debut at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos Lisbon as Auntie Peter Grimes in a revival of David Alden’s acclaimed production. In future seasons she makes her debut at the Opéra National de Paris.
Káťa Kabanová will run from 15 February until 23 February.
Mark Wigglesworth conducts ENO's new Lulu with Sir Willard White, Michael Colvin & Rebecca de Pont Davies
Mark Wigglesworth returns to English National Opera on 9 November 2016 to conduct Berg Lulu in a staging by director William Kentridge. Wigglesworth is joined by fellow Intermusica artists Sir Willard White, Michael Colvin and Rebecca de Pont Davies, who perform alongside Brenda Rae, Sarah Connolly, James Morris and Nicky Spence.
Sir Willard White takes on the role of Schigolch, with Michael Colvin as the Painter and Second Client, and Rebecca de Pont Davis as Girl’s Mother.
Highlights this season for Sir Willard White include Doktor in Wozzeck with the Dutch National Opera and a return to the Salzburg Festival, and for De Pont Davis, highlights include Kabanova in Janáček Káťa Kabanová in Turin and Auntie in Britten Peter Grimes at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos. Later this season Michael Colvin returns to Canadian Opera Company to sing Monostatos Magic Flute and Thomas Scott Louis Riel. In summer 2017 he makes his debut at the Salzburg Festival.
There are further performances of Lulu at the Coliseum on 12, 14, 17 and 19 November.
Vlada Borovko & David Butt Philip make their BBC Proms debut with Rebecca de Pont Davies in Boris Godunov
Vlada Borovko and David Butt Philip make their BBC Proms debut, and Rebecca de Pont reprises her role as the Innkeeper, on 16 July with a concert version of Mussorsgy Boris Godunov from the Royal Opera House. The cast led by Bryn Terfel in the title role is conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano. Listen to the concert live on BBC Radio 3 from 7pm.
Vlada Borovko, who is a member of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme, reprises the role of Xenia, Boris’s daughter:
Vlada Borovko impresses as Boris's unhappy daughter Xenia."
Sunday Express, March 2016
“And, in the Tsar’s apartments – where a map marks Russia’s territories in red, as if the land is bathed in blood – sweet-toned relief is offered by Xenia (Vlada Borovko), who laments the death of her fiancé, and her Nurse (Sarah Pring), who tries to console her.”
Opera Today, March 2016
“Jette Parker Youth Artist Vlada Borovko was heartbreakingly beautiful as Xenia, Boris’ daughter. She sang with a clear, powerful sound that fit this masculine opera.”
Schmopera, March 2016
David Butt Philip, himself an alumnus of the programme, returns to the role of Grigory, having recently finished a triumphant run of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly at English National Opera:
“The main musical attraction of this revival is the chance to hear young British tenor David Butt Philip making his role debut as Pinkerton... it’s one of the best-sung Pinkertons we’ve heard yet in this production, the voice even and lovely from bottom to top (and what a top it is in this piece) and phrasing consistently sensitive and musical.”
Arts Desk, May 2016
“David Butt Philip’s strikingly well sung Grigory”
Guardian, March 2016
“David Butt Philip, ringingly clear of tone and diction”
Arts Desk, March 2016
Rebecca de Pont Davies returns to the Proms following her critically acclaimed portrayal as Auntie Peter Grimes in 2012:
“…superbly characterised… Rebecca de Pont Davies's androgynous brothel madam Auntie”
Guardian, August 2012
Upcoming highlights for De Pont Davies include debuts at the Opera National du Rhin as Mrs Grose in Robert Carsen’s new production of The Turn of the Screw and at the Teatro Regio di Torino as Kabanicha Káťa Kabanová.
Rebecca de Pont Davies plays Katisha in the Mikado in return to Scottish Opera
Rebecca de Pont Davies returns to Scottish Opera this month to play Katisha in a new co-production of The Mikado at Theatre Royal, Glasgow with the D’Oyly Carte Opera from 5 May 2016, directed by Martin Lloyd-Evans.
The cast for this new production also includes Nicholas Sharratt, Rebecca Bottone and Sioned Gwen Davies.
The Mikado runs until 2 July, and is conducted by David Clark.
Future highlights for de Pont Davies in the 2016/17 season include Mrs Grose in The Turn of the Screw at Opera National du Rhin.
Rebecca de Pont Davies returns to Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for Boris Godunov
Rebecca de Pont Davies returns to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden on 14 March 2016 as the Hostess of the Inn in Richard Jones’ new production of Boris Godunov under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano. The cast for this production includes Bryn Terfel in the title role and John Tomlinson as Varlaam.
Later in the season, de Pont Davies returns to Scottish Opera as Katisha in Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado.
Boris Godunov runs until 5 April. Click here to watch the trailer.
Rebecca de Pont Davies sings Ruth in Mike Leigh's Pirates of Penzance in Luxembourg and Caen
Rebecca de Pont Davies returns to the role of Ruth in Mike Leigh’s acclaimed production of The Pirates of Penzance for performances at the Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg on 16 and 18 October and at the Théâtre de Caen on 24 and 25 October 2015.
De Pont Davies received great critical acclaim for her portrayal of the role earlier in the year at English National Opera:
“Talking of delicious characterisation, the mezzo Rebecca de Pont Davies is astonishing as Ruth, the 'piratical maid of all work'"
Seen and Heard International, May 2015
Highlights this season also include a return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for Hostess of the Inn in Richard Jones’ new production of Boris Godunov under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano and a return to Scottish Opera for Katisha The Mikado.
Rebecca de Pont Davies returns to Grange Park Opera for Eugene Onegin
Rebecca de Pont Davies returns to Grange Park Opera as Filipyevna in Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin, conducted by Gianluca Marcianò, from 4 July 2015.
De Pont Davies has most recently received great critical acclaim for her portrayal of Ruth in Mike Leigh’s Pirates of Penzance at English National Opera, a role she revives in Luxembourg and Caen early next season. Highlights then also include a return to the Royal Opera House for Hostess of the Inn Boris Godunov and to Scottish Opera for Katisha The Mikado.
Eugene Onegin runs until 18 July.
Glowing reviews for Rebecca de Pont Davies in Mike Leigh’s The Pirates of Penzance
Rebecca de Pont Davies has earned glowing reviews for her performance in Mike Leigh’s high-profile new production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance at English National Opera. The show, which opened on 9 May, sees de Pont Davies return to the ENO stage as Ruth. Her performance has been acclaimed by critics:
“The cast is just about exemplary... Rebecca de Pont Davies is ghoulishly sinister as the piratical maid-of-all-work Ruth.”
Telegraph, May 2015
“The right dramatic tone is established from the start … the woefully put-upon Ruth gets an unusual and effective incarnation by Rebecca de Pont Davies.”
Independent, May 2015
"Talking of delicious characterisation, the mezzo Rebecca de Pont Davies is astonishing as Ruth, the 'piratical maid of all work'"
Seen and Heard International, May 2015
“Rebecca de Pont Davies is a class act as Ruth, bringing out all of the pathos in the most wronged character in the entire affair”
Music OMH, May 2015
The Pirates of Penzance runs until 27 June, conducted by David Parry. The performance on 19 May will be shown live in cinemas across the UK, as part of ENO Screen. For more information please click here.
Rebecca de Pont Davies stars in Mike Leigh’s The Pirates of Penzance at ENO
Rebecca de Pont Davies stars in Mike Leigh’s new production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance at English National Opera opening on 9 May 2015. Leigh, whose distinguished career as a film maker and director includes the Gilbert and Sullivan biopic Topsy Turvy, makes his opera debut with this production, having been honoured with a BAFTA Fellowship in February this year.
Rebecca de Pont Davies returns to ENO as Ruth, following a critically acclaimed Auntie Peter Grimes last season:
“Rebecca de Pont Davies almost steals the show with her electrifyingly sinister Auntie”
The Pirates of Penzance runs from 9 May to 27 June, and is conducted by David Parry.
Rebecca de Pont Davies role and house debut at Teatro Real in Madrid
On 21 October, Rebecca de Pont Davies makes a house and role debut when she performs the role of The Marchioness in Donizetti’s La Fille du Regiment at the Teatro Real in a production directed by Laurent Pelly and conducted by Bruno Campanella.
Highlights this season have also included Aunt Kaye in Mark Anthony Turnage's revival of Anna Nicole at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and, later this season, De Pont Davies will perform the role of Ruth in a new production of Pirates of Penzance for English National Opera.
Susan Bickley and Rebecca de Pont Davies in Anna Nicole at Royal Opera House
Susan Bickley and Rebecca de Pont Davies return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, on 11 September for a revival of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Anna Nicole. The opera, which draws on the dramatic life and death of infamous American pin-up girl Anna Nicole Smith, received widespread critical and public acclaim following its premiere at Covent Garden in 2011.
Bickley reprises the role of Virgie, Anna Nicole’s mother, a role which she took from London in 2011 to New York in 2013, for New York City Opera’s production of the work. Bickley’s performances in both cities have received wide critical praise, with the Wall Street Journal highlighting hers as “the most affecting performance of the evening” and noting the “commitment and intensity” that she brings to the role. This revival at Covent Garden will be her first of two ROH appearances this season: in January 2015 she sings the role of Messagiera Orfeo with ROH at The Roundhouse.
De Pont Davies also returns in this revival production, reprising the role of Aunt Kay, which she originated in 2011. Following Anna Nicole at the ROH, de Pont Davies travels to Madrid for The Marchioness in Donizetti’s La fille du regiment at Teatro Real. She returns to London later this season for the role of Ruth in ENO’s production of The Pirates of Penzance.
After opening on 11 September, subsequent performances of Anna Nicole take place on 13, 16, 18, 20 and 24 September.
Rebecca de Pont Davies returns to Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris for Into the Woods
Mezzo-Soprano Rebecca de Pont Davies returns to Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris to sing Jack’s Mother in Sondheim’s Into the Woods, opening on 1 April. The production is conducted by David Charles Abell and directed by Lee Blakeley, with a cast including Kimy Mc Laren as Cinderella, Leslie Clack as the Narrator, and Pascal Charbonneau as Jack.
Based on a famous essay by the psychoanalyst, Bruno Bettelheim, Into the Woods offers an interpretation of various classic fairy tales, all played out together in a forest setting. After opening on 1 April, further performances of Into the Woods take place on 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10 and 12 April.
Rebecca de Pont Davies recently reprised the role of Auntie in Peter Grimes for English National Opera, to great critical acclaim, with the Guardian review describing her performance as “particularly outstanding”. Later in the season, Rebecca de Pont Davies will return to the role of Mrs Sedley in Peter Grimes for Grange Park Opera, in a production conducted by Stephen Barlow and directed by Jeremy Sams, and early next season will return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Intermusica singers lead cast of David Alden's Peter Grimes at English National Opera
Following its five-star sell-out success in 2009 and at the BBC Proms in 2012, David Alden’s acclaimed production of Britten’s Peter Grimes returns to English National Opera on 29 January 2014. Conducted by Edward Gardner, Peter Grimes boasts much of its original cast including seven Intermusica singers, many of whom are seasoned interpreters of their respective roles. The staging will also be the first ENO production to be screened cinemas worldwide, beginning with a live stream on 23 February.
Iain Paterson’s debut as Captain Balstrode at the BBC Proms in 2012 was described as “sensationally sung” (Guardian) and he returns to this same role, and production, at the Coliseum this January. Captain Balstrode is a role Paterson has also sung to great success at the Wiener Staatsoper, where he made his house debut earlier this season under the baton of Graeme Jenkins. Later this season, Paterson returns to the role of Wotan in his first staged production of Wagner’s Die Walküre for Houston Grand Opera, following on from his highly acclaimed first Wotan in Das Rheingold at the Proms 2013 under Daniel Barenboim.
Rebecca De Pont Davies once again sings the role of Auntie in Alden’s production, a role she has previously sung at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opera Ovideo and Vlaamse Opera to great critical acclaim, with the Daily Telegraph’s Rupert Christianson commenting that she “almost steals the show with her electrifyingly sinister Auntie". De Pont Davies will go on to sing this role again for Grange Park Opera later this season, while also returning to the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, for Jack’s Mother in Sondheim’s Into the Woods.
Dame Felicity Palmer returns to one of her signatures roles as Mrs Sedley, and one she has performed at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, with Donald Runnicles and most recently at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome, under the baton of Antonio Pappano. She was also part of the cast at ENO in 2009 and at the BBC Proms 2012, where her performance was described by the Guardian as, “the most terrifying Mrs Sedley imaginable.”
Matthew Best sings the role of Swallow, a role he has sung to in recent years at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Opera Oviedo, ENO, at the BBC Proms and at Santa Cecilia. This revival at ENO follows his house debut at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow as the Grand Inquisitor in Verdi’s Don Carlos.
Michael Colvin sings the role Bob Boles, of which he another regular performer, including most recently for the critically acclaimed concerts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski at the Royal Festival Hall, London, and Symphony Hall, Birmingham. Colvin continues the 2013/14 season as Joaquino Fidelio with Le Cercle de l’Harmonie under Intermusica conductor Jérémie Rhorer.
Leigh Melrose returns to the role of apothecary Ned Keene, his interpretation of which was described as “fittingly dark and sinister” by Opera Today following his performance at the BBC Proms 2012. An authority on the performance of twentieth-century vocal repertoire, as well as several acclaimed performances of contemporary repertoire this season Melrose also sang the title role in Britten’s Noye’s Fludde with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in November 2013 as part of the Britten centenary celebrations.
Current ENO Harewood artist Mary Bevan sings the role of Second Niece. This follows her ENO performances of Papagena The Magic Flute in November, and as Despina Così fan tutte opening in May.
Stuart Skelton takes the title role of Peter Grimes while Elza van den Heever sings the role of Ellen Orford. After opening on 29 January, further performances take place on 1, 6, 8, 14, 21 23 and 27 February.
Rebecca de Pont Davies sings role of Mrs Peachum in Weill’s The Threepenny Opera
On 26 and 27 July, Rebecca de Pont Davies sings the role of Mrs Peachum in Weill’s The Threepenny Opera with the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Foyle Future First. Conducted by Ilyich Rivas and directed by Ted Huffman, performances will be at West Green House.
Next season, De Pont Davies returns to Opera North and ENO singing Mrs Sedley Peter Grimes, and returns to the Théâtre des Champs Elysées to sing Jack’s Mother Into the Woods.