Dame Felicity Palmer & Roger Vignoles join panel for Grange Festival International Singing Competition
Dame Felicity Palmer and Roger Vignoles join a distinguished panel of judges this month at the Grange Festival Singing Competition, which culminates in a public final on 24 September 2017.
Palmer, the Patron of the competition, has recently sung Meropa in Oedipe with Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra for the Enescu Festival, with a second performance at the Royal Festival Hall on 23 September. This season she also sings Clytemnestra in Elektra for Opéra National de Bordeaux and Genevieve in Pélleas et Mélisande with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Next month Vignoles revives his collaboration with Marie-Nicole Lemieux, with appearances at the Opéra National du Rhin, Grand Théâtre de Genève and De Singel in Antwerp. This season also brings performances at the Oxford Lieder Festival, Wigmore Hall, and masterclasses throughout the UK and abroad.
Nine Intermusica artists nominated at the 40th Gramophone Awards
Nine Intermusica artists have been nominated for Gramophone Awards this year across a range of categories. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 13 September, which will be live streamed on Medici.tv. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Gramophone Awards.
Sir John Eliot Gardiner is nominated in the Baroque Vocal category for his recording of Bach St Matthew Passion with the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists. Gramophone described the recording as "a memorable and moving St Matthew... What really makes this one special, however, is its emotional integrity."
James Ehnes is nominated alongside his colleagues in the Ehnes Quartet in the Chamber category for their recording of Schubert String Quartet No.14 'Death and the Maiden' and Sibelius Intimate Voices. Gramophone commented that "[the] pairing of these two quartets is a stroke of programming genius... I never would have thought of putting these two works together, but in this group’s hands it has resulted in something wonderful."
Paul McCreesh's new recording of Haydn's The Seasons made with the Wrocław Baroque Orchestra and Gabrieli Consort and Players is nominated in the Choral category. McCreesh previously received a Gramophone award for his 2006 recording of Haydn's The Creation. In their review, Gramophone wrote that "McCreesh and his massed Anglo-Polish forces have given us a Seasons that thrillingly catches both the work’s bucolic exhilaration and its invocations of the sublime. And for sheer sonic splendour it’s in a class of its own."
Sir James MacMillan's Stabat Mater, recorded by Harry Christophers and the Sixteen, is nominated in the Contemporary category. Gramophone's review concluded that "Posterity might well judge this to be a 21st-century masterpiece; there is no question that this is a truly masterly recorded performance."
Also nominated in the Contemporary category is Renaud Capuçon, whose disc of three 21st century violin concertos has also been shortlisted. The three concertos, all written for Capuçon, were recorded with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and Gramophone praised Capuçon’s "probing playing [and] his welcome advocacy".
Daniil Trifonov is nominated in the Instrumental category for Transcendental, his recording of Liszt's works for solo piano. Gramophone praised the recording as a "triumph", commenting that "every decent record collection should have at least one version of all four sets of these studies. It is quite a feat for a single pianist to deliver what are, in effect, top-of-the-pile performances of almost all of the 23 separate titles – but that is what Trifonov offers."
Leo Hussain is nominated in the Opera category for Opus Arté's DVD of the revival of Fiona Shaw's Glyndebourne production of Britten The Rape of Lucretia. Gramophone singled him out for his "lyrical yet incisive" approach, writing that "conductor Leo Hussain gets finely detailed playing from his LPO instrumentalists, with every flicker of colour speaking volumes."
Roger Vignoles is nominated in the Solo Vocal category alongisde baritone Florian Boesch for their recording of Krenek's cycle Reisebuch aus den österreichischen Alpen. Vignoles was praised by Gramophone for his playing of "great control, refinement and subtlety", while the recording itself was proclaimed "an outstanding achievement."
Mary Bevan joined tenor Allan Clayton for his album Where'er You Walk, a collection of arias Handel composed for tenor John Beard, which is nominated in the Recital category. Bevan sings on 'As steals the morn', which Gramophone described as an "added bonus... it's a very attractive package."
Roger Vignoles returns to the Aldeburgh Festival for recital with Mark Padmore
Roger Vignoles and Mark Padmore return to the Aldeburgh Festival on 24 June 2017 for a recital at Aldeburgh Church. The programme includes song cycles by Schumann and Fauré alongside arrangements by Britten of songs by Purcell and English folk songs.
Vignoles has a longstanding relationship with the Aldeburgh Festival, with recent highlights including Mahogany Opera's staging of Britten's Church Parables in 2013, which Vignoles directed from the organ:
“Britten conjures up a strange instrumental luminosity, and the players of the Aurora Orchestra, directed from the organ by Roger Vignoles, certainly revelled in this musical atmosphere.”
Opera, August 2013
Elsewhere this summer, Vignoles travels to the United States to mentor young singers and give masterclasses at the Tanglewood Festival and Marlboro Music Festival.
Roger Vignoles joins Thomas Oliemans in recital in Antwerp
Roger Vignoles joins baritone Thomas Oliemans at deSingel International Arts Campus in Antwerp on 16 November 2016 for a recital of lieder by Schubert and Wolf, including settings of Goethe poetry. While at deSingel, Vignoles also gives masterclasses on 17 and 18 November.
Later this month, Vignoles can also be seen in recitals with Mark Padmore at the Centro Nacional de Difusion Musical in Madrid on 21 November, and with Elizabeth Watts and Roderick Williams at Turner Sims Concert Hall on 24 November.
Roger Vignoles performs in recital at Wigmore Hall with Alek Shrader
Roger Vignoles joins tenor Alek Shrader at Wigmore Hall on 26 September 2016 to perform English and American songs and arias, including works by Bell, Thomson, Mozart, Handel and Barber, as part of the Rosenblatt Recital series.
In October, Vignoles collaborates again with soprano Elizabeth Watts at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, performing songs set to the poems of Théophile Gautier. Vignoles also appears at the Oxford Lieder Festival, performing with soprano Kate Royal and rising baritone Johannes Kammler.
Roger Vignoles performs in recital with Elizabeth Watts at Wigmore Hall
Roger Vignoles returns to Wigmore Hall on 21 July 2016 for a recital of French songs alongside soprano Elizabeth Watts. Focusing on song settings of the poems of Théophile Gautier, the duo will perform works by Gounod, Bizet, Lalo, Debussy, Berlioz, Duparc, and more.
Vignoles and Watts are regular collaborators, with Gramophone commenting that "Elizabeth Watts’ partnership with Roger Vignoles could hardly be more beautifully balanced."
Concluding a busy season, Vignoles also performs this month with Renata Pokupic and Miah Persson at the Danube Festival, and gives masterclasses in Baden-bei-Wien and at the Marlboro Music Festival in the United States.
Next season sees Vignoles in recital with Alek Shrader, Kate Royal, Johannes Kammler, Thomas Oliemans, Mark Padmore, and Roderick Williams, amongst others. He also gives further masterclasses throughout Europe and the United States.
Roger Vignoles and Kate Royal perform in recital at Wigmore Hall
Roger Vignoles is joined by soprano Kate Royal this month for a recital at Wigmore Hall on 13 April 2016. The programme for the recital includes songs by Robert and Clara Schumann, as well as Mahler Ruckert Lieder and Barber Hermit Songs.
Vignoles has been busy this past month with masterclasses at Aldeburgh Music and at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore, and later this month also gives a masterclass at Notre Dame University in the United States. In the coming months, Vignoles can also be seen in recital with Renata Pokupic, Miah Persson, Elizabeth Watts, and John Mark Ainsley.
Roger Vignoles embarks on recital tour of Germany with Christiane Karg
Roger Vignoles joins soprano Christiane Karg for a recital tour of Germany this month, beginning at the Philharmonie Essen on 5 February 2016. They then continue on to the Schlosstheater Celle on 10 February and Stadttheater Fürth on 12 February. Vignoles and Karg perform a programme of lieder by Robert and Clara Schumann and Brahms. On 2 March they also perform a programme of Strauss lieder at the deSingel Arts Campus in Antwerp.
Vignoles recently performed in hugely successful recitals with the young baritone Johannes Kammler and veteran tenor Christophe Prégardien at the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, and soon returns to the UK for recitals with Kate Royal and Joseph Calleja. The next few months are busy ones for Vignoles, who also gives masterclasses in the UK, United States, Singapore, Spain and Denmark.
Roger Vignoles performs two recitals at Beethoven-Haus Beethoven Week 2016
Roger Vignoles appears at the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn for two recitals on 24 and 25 January 2016, performing at the organisation’s “Beethoven Week 2016” celebrations. On 24 January, Vignoles is joined by baritone Johannes Kammler for a programme of songs by Beethoven, Wolf, and Robert Schumann. On 27 January, tenor Christoph Prégardien joins Vignoles for a performance of Schubert Winterreise.
In February Vignoles tours Germany and Belgium with soprano Christiane Karg, performing a programme of Lieder by Schubert and Brahms. He then returns to the UK for a week of performances and masterclasses at Aldeburgh Music.
Roger Vignoles directs Poulenc's Les Mamelles de Tiresias for Dutch National Opera
Dutch National Opera presents Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias from 25 November 2015 under the musical direction of Roger Vignoles. This is an innovative co-production between Aldeburgh Music, Muziekkapel Koningin Elisabeth, and the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, where it was presented in 2013 to great acclaim. Dutch National Opera presents Benjamin Britten's arrangement of Les Mamelles de Tirésias, which was performed at the opera's UK premiere in 1958 at Aldeburgh. The Britten arrangement is set for two pianos in place of a full orchestra, and Vignoles provides accompaniment alongside Edwige Herchenroder, in addition to his role as musical director.
Vignoles directs a cast that features an ensemble of young singers, including Hrafnhildur Arnadóttir as Thérèse, Clément Dionet as the Theatre Director, and Drew Santini as the Husband. Following opening night, there are further performances of Les Mammelles de Tirésias on 27, 28 and 29 November.
Roger Vignoles returns to Oxford Lieder for recitals with Christophe Pregardien and Elizabeth Watts
Roger Vignoles returns to the Oxford Lieder festival this month, where he performs recitals with tenor Christoph Pregardien and soprano Elizabeth Watts. He also leads a series of masterclasses, culminating in a performance on 31 October with bass Robert Holl.
Vignoles is joined by Watts to perform Strauss’s Krämerspiegel on 28 October. The programme includes an introduction by Vignoles, who will give a brief account of the interesting history of the rarely-performed song cycle. Vignoles and Watts have previously performed a wide variety of recital programmes together, and have recorded songs by Strauss for Vignoles’ ongoing recording series of Strauss’s complete songs.
“Elizabeth Watts’ partnership with Roger Vignoles could hardly be more beautifully balanced."
Vignoles and Pregardien close the Oxford Lieder Festival with their performance of Schumann and Schubert settings of Heinrich Heine, including Schumann’s Dichterliebe and Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen on 31 October. Last year the duo received high praise for their performance of Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin at the festival.
Roger Vignoles gives recitals in Santiago de Compostela with Ruxandra Donose, Kate Royal and Roderick Williams
Roger Vignoles returns to Santiago de Compostela this month for recitals with Ruxandra Donose, soprano Kate Royal and baritone Roderick Williams on 22, 24 and 29 September 2015.
Straight from her performance at the Enescu Festival with the Monte Carlo Symphony Orchestra, Ruxandra Donose joins Vignoles to perform a programme of Enescu Sept Chansons de Clément Marot, Bretan’s The Reluctant Debt Payer, and Brahms’ Liebestreu.
Further engagements for Donose in the 15/16 season include a much anticipated return as Komponist Ariadne auf Naxos at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Eduige Rodelina at Bolshoi Theatre, La damnation de Faust with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and Ramise Arminio at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe.
On 24 September, Royal and Vignoles perform a programme of songs by Robert and Clara Schumann, as well as Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder and Barber’s Hermit Songs. The duo repeat the programme at Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh this November, as part of the New Town Concerts recital series. On 29 September, Vignoles is joined by Roderick Williams for a programme of songs by Wolf, Brahms, and Ravel. Williams and Vignoles are frequent collaborators, most recently appearing together at Wigmore Hall for Vignoles’ 70th birthday celebrations this past July.
Further ahead this season, Vignoles makes appearances at the Oxford Lieder festival, and will return to Netherlands Opera as musical director of their production of Poulenc Les Mamelles de Tiresias.
Roger Vignoles and Valentina Naforniţa give recital at Edinburgh International Festival
Roger Vignoles and Valentina Naforniţa give a recital at the Edinburgh International Festival on 12 August 2015, where they present a programme of Lieder and songs by Fauré, Liszt, Bartók, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky and Dvořák. Naforniţa is one of Vignoles' newest recital partners. Since winning the Cardiff Singer of the World competition in 2011, Naforniţa has been a member of the Wiener Staatsoper ensemble, most recently singing Nerina in their new production of Don Pasquale opposite Juan Diego Florez. The recital will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
Vignoles also joins Christine Brewer for a recital on 22 August, when they perform a programme of songs including Lieder by Schubert, Clara Schumann and Strauss, and a selection of 20th century American songs. Vignoles and Brewer have collaborated regularly in the past and have released several discs together, including a Wigmore Hall Live recording of songs by Wagner, Wolf, Britten and John Carter. This concert will be broadcast on Friday 28 August on BBC Radio 3.
Roger Vignoles: Masterclasses with Natalie Dessay and Laurent Naouri at Snape
From 26 July 2015 Roger Vignoles joins soprano Natalie Dessay and her husband, bass-baritone Laurent Naouri, for a week of masterclasses at Aldeburgh Music, Snape Maltings. Together they will coach eighteen young artists in a series devoted to nineteenth-century French opera and song.
Vignoles recently celebrated his birthday with a gala concert at Wigmore Hall, featuring eleven singers with whom he has collaborated throughout his decades-long career. He has also just completed a week of masterclasses at the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont.
The masterclasses are held on 26, 27, 27, 28, 29 and 31 July, and are followed by a final recital on 1 August.
Roger Vignoles 70th birthday concert at Wigmore Hall
Wigmore Hall presents a special concert in honour of Roger Vignoles’ 70th birthday on 11 July. Vignoles has had a long association with Wigmore Hall throughout his distinguished career, and has invited eleven of his frequent collaborators to join him for the celebration. In a three-part programme entitled An Mein Klavier, the ensemble will present a wide variety of songs centred on the theme of music and musicians.
Joining Vignoles on stage will be sopranos Miah Persson, Joan Rodgers, and Elizabeth Watts, mezzo-sopranos Renata Pokupić, Bernarda Fink, and Angelika Kirchschlager, counter-tenor Michael Chance, tenors John Mark Ainsley and Mark Padmore, as well as baritones Florian Boesch and Roderick Williams.
Throughout his renowned career, Vignoles has been a repetiteur at the Royal Opera House, he has devised countless programmes of song, directed opera and other musical works, given hugely successful masterclasses at distinguished schools and festivals, and has made dozens of recordings with leading singers the world over.
Help us celebrate Roger Vignoles' birthday by tweeting using the hashtag #VignolesAt70. Ahead of the concert, we will be posting interviews and photos from his career.
Roger Vignoles: recitals with Mark Padmore in Bruges & London
Roger Vignoles travels to Bruges with tenor Mark Padmore for a recital performance at the Concertgebouw on 6 June 2015, before bringing the same programme to the UK for a performance at Wigmore Hall on 17 June. The duo will perform Britten The Holy Sonnets of John Donne and his only German song cycle, Hölderlin Fragments, alongside a selection of Schubert lieder.
Vignoles and Padmore have often collaborated on the works of Britten and Schubert, and in 2009 recorded The Holy Sonnets of John Donne for Harmonia Mundi to great acclaim:
“Vignoles brought equal refinement to Britten’s song-cycle… he and Padmore gave an absorbing performance, the final song building to a breathtakingly powerful emotional climax."
The Journal, July 2010
Roger Vignoles continues recital tour with Marie-Nicole Lemieux in Spain
Roger Vignoles continues his recital tour with contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux in Spain during April. The all-French programme features works by Debussy, Duparc, Koechlin, Hahn and Fauré, and will be performed at Madrid’s Teatro de la Zarzuela on 13 April, and Bilbao’s Sociedad Filarmónica on 15 April.
The duo performed to great acclaim throughout Europe during February and March, and the tour has coincided with the release of their new disc, Chansons perpétuelles.
“Roger Vignoles can conjure up from the piano that special something, which had the era of decadence; this matte glitter music with a dis.reet elegance accompaniment – all of which he does excellently.”
Kai Rüütel performs recitals with Roger Vignoles in Estonia
Kai Rüütel and Roger Vignoles travel to Rüütel’s native Estonia for two recitals this month, on 17 and 18 March. The duo will perform in Tallinn (17 March), and Tartu (18 March) as part of a series celebrating the 200th anniversary of the publication of the first Schubert Lieder. The programme will include Schubert’s ‘An die Musik’, as well as songs by Schoenberg, Zemlinsky, Wolf, and Schumann, and piano solos by Brahms and Schumann.
After these recitals in Estonia, Rüütel will travel to The Hague, Amsterdam, to perform two concerts with the New European Ensemble. This concert features Rüütel alongside Björk Níelsdóttir andEyjólfur Eyjólfsson performing Pergolesi’s and Arvo Pärt’s Stabat Maters written 250 years apart. The concert will also have the Dutch premiere of John Tavener’s Scatter Roses over My Tears.
Roger Vignoles: European recital tour with Marie-Nicole Lemieux
Roger Vignoles accompanies alto Marie-Nicole Lemieux on a European recital tour during February. The tour runs from 16 February to 3 March, with performances in Venice, Rome, Vienna, Zurich, London, Brussels, and Amsterdam. The all-French program will feature works by Debussy, Duparc, Koechlin, Hahn and Fauré.
Vignoles has previously been acclaimed for interpretations of lieder. In recital he “contributes poetic imagination, subtle shading and searching artistry to each song” (Classic FM).
Roger Vignoles performs with Florian Boesch in Madrid & at Wigmore Hall
Roger Vignoles joins Austrian baritone Florian Boesch for two performances of Ernst Krenek Reisebuch aus den österreichischen Alpen on 7 and 29 January. On 7 January, Vignoles and Boesch will perform at the Fundación Juan March in Madrid, followed by Wigmore Hall in London on 29 January. Vignoles and Boesch recently received praise for their “powerfully convincing” (Sunday Times, February 2014) recording of Schubert lieder, entitled The Wanderer, released by Hyperion in February 2014.
On 25 January, Vignoles will also accompany soprano Elizabeth Watts at Reading Concert Hall in a program of works by Schubert, Strauss and Berlioz. Watts and Vignoles have previously found success together with their recording of Strauss songs, released in 2013 by Hyperion, prompting Gramophone to comment: “Elizabeth Watts’ partnership with Roger Vignoles could hardly be more beautifully balanced”. (Ivan March, Gramophone, January 2013)
Roger Vignoles: lieder recital at De Doelen
On 6 December, Roger Vignoles accompanies soprano Renate Arends and mezzo-soprano Maria Fiselier in a program of lieder entitled ‘Travelling through Europe’ presented by De Doelen in Rotterdam. The program will feature selections by Schumann, Poulenc, Gurney, Turina, Falla, and Howells, coming together to create a musical journey through 19th- and 20th-century Europe.
A skilled interpreter of lieder, Vignoles is recognised as lending “an unusually critical and insightful presence, guiding listeners to a richer, more thorough appreciation of the music” (Cleveland, May 2014).
Ruxandra Donose and Roger Vignoles give a Rosenblatt recital at the Wigmore Hall
Fresh from her success as the Composer in Covent Garden, Ruxandra Donose steps in at short notice to perform in the prestigious Rosenblatt Recital Series on 6 October at the Wigmore Hall, joined by Roger Vignoles at the piano. Together they will present a programme of songs and arias by Bizet, Verdi, Saint-Saëns, Offenbach, Fauré, Enescu and Bretan.
Donose has already established herself as a firm favourite with the British public having appeared in numerous opera and concert performances throughout London and the UK, but this marks her UK recital debut and her first collaboration with celebrated accompanist Roger Vignoles.
Further highlights for Donose in the 2014/15 season include two role debuts as Arsace Semiramide in Lyon and Paris under the baton of Evelino Pidò and as Bradamante Alcina at Royal Danish Opera. In Genève she stars as La Grande Duchesse de Gerlostein in a new production by Laurent Pelly and makes her Gran Teatre del Liceu debut in Così fan tutte. On the concert platform she continues her tour of Europe presenting Handel’s Tamerlano, released by Naïve earlier this year, and joins Clevland Orchestra and Charles Dutoit for performances of La Damnation de Faust, a work which she is very often associated with.
Intermusica artists give recitals with Oxford Lieder
Mary Bevan, Ben Johnson, Benedict Nelson and Roger Vignoles all give recitals for Oxford Lieder during October and November.
On 4 October, Bevan joins Rozanna Madylus, Robert Murray, Roderick Williams, Sholto Kynoch and principal players of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at Kings Place. They will present Schubert’s Octet in F and the Complete Songs of 1824.
Vignoles then gives two recitals on 12 and 19 October. He first performs several works of early Schubert with Elisabeth Meister and Nicky Spence, before performing Die schöne Müllerin with Christoph Prégardien. On 22 October Vignoles will give a masterclass for young singers and pianists.
On 1 November, Johnson and Nelson join Geraldine McGreevy, Anna Huntley and Graham Johnson for a lecture recital that focuses on Schubert’s final years.
Renata Pokupić and Roger Vignoles perform together at the Wigmore Hall
Renata Pokupić joins Roger Vignoles for a recital at London’s Wigmore Hall on 13 September. The duo, who perform together regularly, will present a diverse programme of works by Wolf, Mahler, Finzi and Hahn. This evening recital will be followed later this year by the release of a recent recording of songs by Václav Tomášek that Pokupić and Vignoles have made for Hyperion Records.
Later in the 2014/15 season the duo will perform together once more, giving recitals at the Aarhus Musikforening in Denmark and at Opera North’s Howard Assembly Room in Leeds.
Antoine Tamestit performs Wigmore Hall recital with Roger Vignoles
After a busy month including a Russian recital debut at the Mariinski Theatre as part of the Stars of the White Nights and performances of the two Brahms sextets with the Arcanto Quartet at the Aldeburgh Music Festival, Antoine Tamestit performs a recital supported by the Tertis Foundation at the Wigmore Hall on 1 July with Roger Vignoles.
Violist and pianist offer an English-French programme, with the rarely performed Henri Vieuxtemps Viola Sonata Op.36 and Rebecca Clarke Viola Sonata. The programme also includes Frank Bridge Pensero & Allegro Appassionato for viola and piano, and Tamestit’s own arrangement of Debussy Prelude La Fille au Cheveux de Lin.