Kostas Smoriginas & Susanna Hurrell return to the Royal Opera House for Carmen
Kostas Smoriginas and Susanna Hurrell return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, this month for Barrie Kosky’s new production of Bizet Carmen, which opens on 6 February 2018 with musical direction from Jakub Hrůša.
Smoriginas is a former member of the ROH's Jette Parker Young Artist Programme and returns as Escamillo, one of his signature roles. He makes a further return to Covent Garden later this season as the Herald in David Alden’s new production of Wagner Lohengrin.
Hurrell made her Covent Garden debut in 2016 as Lauretta in Puccini Gianni Schicchi, and returns this year making her role debut as Micaela. In April she can be seen in the Royal Opera House’s revival of Phillip Venables 4.48 Psychosis at the Lyric Hammersmith, and this summer returns to the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.
Carmen runs until 16 March at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Kostas Smoriginas joins Intermusica for worldwide representation
Intermusica is delighted to announce the signing of Lithuanian bass-baritone Kostas Smoriginas for worldwide representation.
Smoriginas made his debut as Escamillo Carmen at the Berliner Staatsoper. He has since performed the role at the Salzburg Easter Festival, Santa Fe Music Festival, Dresden Semperoper and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and recorded with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle. Smoriginas has performed at Teatro alla Scala, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, and at La Monnaie, Brussels, among others. Recent successes include Count Le Nozze di Figaro in Malmö and Tchelakov in the new production of Boris Godunov at Covent Garden.
Forthcoming engagements include the title role in Don Giovanni at the Opera de Lausanne; his return to Covent Garden for two new productions, and Escamillo in Kasper Holten’s new production of Carmen at the Bregenzer Festspiele, as well as returning in title roles to Lithuanian National Opera and Semperoper Dresden.
Smoriginas won rave reviews for his BBC Proms debut in Stravinsky’s Les Noces and has performed Dvorak’s Te Deum with the Orchestre de Paris; The Bells with Boston Symphony Orchestra; Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater with Edward Gardner and the CBSO, and with the LSO and Valery Gergiev. He will perform Shostakovich Symphony No.13 at the Prague Spring Festival with Jiří Bělohlávek and the Czech Philharmonic this spring.