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.
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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.
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.
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Simon Shibambu returns to Covent Garden in Simon Boccanegra
A recent graduate from the Jette Parker Young Artist Program, Simon Shibambu returns to the Royal Opera House this month, making his role debut as Pietro as Simon Boccanegra. He sings in Elijah Moshinsky's production alongside Carlos Álvarez Ferruccio Furlanetto and Francesco Meli, conducted by Henrik Nánási.
Later this season, he makes another role debut at Covent Garden as Grenvil in La Traviata. He also appears as Calafan in Micha Hamel’s Caruso in Cuba for Dutch National Opera, and as Angelotti in Tosca for the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, a role he has previously sung at Covent Garden.
Simon Boccanegra opens on 15 November and runs until 10 December.
Martyn Brabbins conducts new production of Salome at English National Opera with Susan Bickley, Michael Colvin & Simon Shibambu
Martyn Brabbins opens English National Opera's season conducting a new production of Richard Strauss Salome on 28 September. The production is directed by the Australian Adena Jacobs and features a cast including Allison Cook (Salome) and David Soar (Jokanaan) and Intermusica artists Michael Colvin (Herod), Susan Bickley (Herodias) and Simon Shibambu (Soldier).
Brabbins next appears at English National Opera in November, conducting a new staged production of Britten War Requiem from ENO Artistic Director Daniel Kramer. Last season at ENO Brabbins conducted the world premiere of Nico Muhly’s Marnie (a co-production with The Met) and, most recently, revived Fiona Shaw's Marriage of Figaro:
"A gratifying success…"
Financial Times, April 2018
Salome is the first of two appearances at ENO for Colvin, who returns later this season in a revival of David Alden’s acclaimed production of Lucia di Lammermoor. He also makes his company debut with Opera di Firenze as Cornwall in Reimann’s Lear, conducted by Fabio Luisi and returns to Salzburg Festival as Laios in Enescu’s Oedipe.
Bickley is a regular guest at English National Opera, recently appearing in Rodelinda and as a "superb" (Guardian) Paulina in the world premiere of Ryan Wigglesworth The Winter's Tale. Other highlights this season include 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.
Shibambu is making his debut at English National Opera in this production. Elsewhere this season he returns to Covent Garden as Pietro in Simon Boccanegra and as Doctor Grenvil in La traviata. He also debuts at Dutch National Opera as Calazán in Micha Hamel’s Caruso in Cuba.
Salome runs at the Coliseum until 23 October.
David Alden's new production of Lohengrin opens at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
David Alden's new production of Wagner Lohengrin opens at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, on 7 June 2018. Conducted by Andris Nelsons, the production features Klaus Florian Vogt and Christine Goerke in the lead roles.
The production is Alden's second for the Royal Opera this season. His first, of Semirimade with Joyce DiDonato, premiered in November 2017 and won the Olivier Award for Best Opera Production.
Alden's other highlights this season include Maria Stuarda for Opernhaus Zurich and a revival of his acclaimed production of Lucia di Lammermoor at Teatro Real, Madrid.
The Lohengrin cast also includes Thomas Atkins, Simon Shibambu and Kostas Smoriginas, in the role of Herald, who returns to the Royal Opera House after singing Escamillo in Barrie Kosky’s new production of Carmen earlier this year. Atkins and Shibambu are currently members of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme.
Simon Shibambu makes debut as Angelotti in Tosca at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Simon Shibambu continues his second year in the Jette Parker Young Artist Program, making his role debut this month as Angelotti in Puccini Tosca at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Dan Ettinger and Placido Domingo conduct three casts, led by Adrianne Pieczonka, Angela Gheorghiu and Martina Serafin sharing the title role.
This season, Shibambu’s other roles for the Royal Opera House include Second Armed Man Die Zauberflote, Le Sire de Bethune Les Vêpres Siciliennes, Ghost of Nino Semiramide under Sir Antonio Pappano, Ceprano Rigoletto, Doctor Macbeth, Sentry Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and Fourth Brabantian Noble in David Alden’s new production of Lohengrin.
Jonathan Kent’s production of Tosca opens on 15 January
Vlada Borovko, David Junghoon Kim & Simon Shibambu star in Jette Parker Young Artists Showcase at Covent Garden
On 16 July 2017 Vlada Borovko, David Junghoon Kim and Simon Shibambu star in the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme showcase on the main stage of Royal Opera House, alongside other programme members.
Fresh from her successful run of Mitridate, re di Ponto when she sang the role of Aspasia, Borovko joins Kim in a performance of the second act duet of Verdi’s I due Foscari. Kim also sings Rossini’s Le Comte Ory whilst Borovko joins as Donna Anna in a showcase of the second act performance of Don Giovanni, which also features Shibambu as Commendatore and Masetto.
Next season, Shibambu embarks upon his second year in the Jette Parker Programme, appearing in eight mainstage productions whilst both Kim and Borovko, who graduate from the programme this year, make their debuts at Oper Köln in a new production of La traviata and also return to Covent Garden for their first performances as guest artists: Borovko as Musetta in Richard Jones’ new production of La bohème and Kim as Macduff Macbeth and Leone de Casaldi in the world premiere of Donizetti’s L’ange de Nisida. He can also be heard as Romeo Roméo et Juliette at Grange Park Opera.
Kai Rüütel & Simon Shibambu return to the Royal Opera House in new production of Otello
Kai Rüütel and Simon Shibambu return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, on 21 June 2017 for Keith Warner’s new production of Otello. Conducted by Antonio Pappano, Rüütel and Shibambu take the roles of Emilia and Montano alongside a stellar cast of Jonas Kaufmann, Maria Agresta, Ludovic Tézier and Frédéric Antoun.
Rüütel reprises the role following a successful debut of the role at Vlaamse Opera:
“Kai Rüütel an energetically dark Emilia”
Online Musik Magazin, February 2016
“When Emilia debunks the honesty of her husband Iago, Kai Rüütel alarmed with her hair-raising voice that provided the necessary energetic impulse at the end of Act IV.”
Bachtrack, February 2016
Since graduating from the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme, Rüütel has performed at Covent Garden as Meg Page Falstaff, Wellgunde Der Ring des Nibelungen and as Marchesa Malibea Il Viaggio a Reims in a special gala performance. Moving from the lyric repertoire into German and Slavic dramatic repertoire, Rüütel has made debuts with Royal Opera House, Dutch National Opera, Teatro Real, Vlaamse Opera, Gran Teatro del Liceu, Scottish Opera, Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse, and Dallas Opera.
This season Rüütel has made her Dallas Opera debut as Olga Eugene Onegin as well as singing the role of Mary Der Fliegende Hollander at Teatro Real and appearing in the world premiere of Chaya Czernowin’s Infinite Now at Vlaamse Opera. Engagements next season include her debut with Theater an der Wien as well as returns to Vlaamse Opera. Looking further ahead she take on roles including Fricka and Waltraute.
Shibambu is a current Jette Parker Young Artist, with roles this season including Toante Oreste, Quinault Adriana Lecouvreur and Flemish Deputy Don Carlo. Next season he sings roles including Second Armed Man Die Zauberflöte, Le Sire de Béthune Les Vêpres siciliennes, Nino’s Ghost Semiramide, Count Ceprano Rigoletto, Angelotti Tosca, Doctor Macbeth, Steward/Sentry Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, and Fourth Noble of Brabant Lohengrin.
Performances of Otello run until 15 July.
Simon Shibambu sings Flemish Deputy in Don Carlo at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Simon Shibambu sings Flemish Deputy in Verdi Don Carlo at the Royal Opera House on 12 May 2017. Nicholas Hytner’s production is conducted by Bertrand de Billy with a cast led by Bryan Hymel and Kristin Lewis.
Shibambu is a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House this season, with roles inlcuding Quinault in David McVicar’s production of Cilea Adriana Lecouvreur and Montano in Verdi Otello under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano. He also performs in the Jette Parker Summer Performance in July.
Shibambu also sang Toante in the Jette Parker production of Handel Oreste at Wilton’s Music Hall, a performance that was highly praised by the critics:
“Shibambu sounds svelte, has a nice line in understated menace, and is very impressive.”
Guardian, November 2016
“Simon Shibambu is excellent as the tyrant Toante”
Express, November 2016
“Simon Shibambu’s grand-scale Toante”
The Stage, November 2016
Don Carlo runs from 12 May until 29 May.
Simon Shibambu & Vlada Borovko perform in Adriana Lecouvreur at the Royal Opera House
Simon Shibambu and Vlada Borovko return to the Royal Opera House to perform in the first revival of David McVicar’s production of Adriana Lecouvreur from 7 February 2017. Shibambu sings Quinault, while Borovko takes the role of Mademoiselle Jouvenot.
Shibambu and Borovko are both members of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme, and this season sing roles including Flemish Deputy (Don Carlo) and Montano (Otello) and Giannetta (L'elisir d'amore). They were both highly praised for their performances in Handel Orest, in which Shibambu sang Toante and Borovko Ermione:
"Vlada Borovko (Ermione) brought the house down with her furious demisemiquavers".
Guardian, November 2016
“Simon Shibambu is excellent as the tyrant Toante”
Express, November 2016
Adriana Lecouvreur runs until 2 March.