Intermusica at the Southbank Centre's 2018/19 classical season
The Southbank Centre launched its 2018/19 classical season on 30 January 2018, with Intermusica artists and performing throughout the year. Highlights include Marin Alsop continuing her relationship with the Southbank in concerts with the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra continuing their residency, and performances from Leonidas Kavakos, John Wilson, Kian Soltani and George Li.
Another major highlight of the season is the International Chamber Music Series, which Intermusica co-promotes with the Southbank Centre. This year it opens with a concert from Jordi Savall and his Hesperion XXI and features a concert marking the centenary of author Muriel Spark from the Nash Ensemble, and performances from Leonidas Kavakos and Yuja Wang, the Jerusalem, Artemis and Belcea quartets, and performances of Stockhausen by Southbank Centre Artist in Residence Pierre-Laurent Aimard.
Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra continue as Associate Orchestra with three concerts in the new season. The first, on 16 September 2018, pairs a memorized performance of Beethoven Symphony No.5 with HK Gruber's Frankenstein!! in a concert conceived and directed by Jane Mitchell. Their second, on 20 January 2019, is titled Songs from the Road and features Mahler's Songs of a Wayfarer, arrangements of folk ballads and the world premiere of Du Yun Where we lost our shadows. Their final concert takes place on 5 June 2019 and features works by Beethoven, Thomas Adès, a Max Richter world premiere and Mozart's Symphony No.41.
Kirill Gerstein renews his partnership with Thomas Adès when he joins the composer and the London Philharmonic Orchestra on 26 September to perform Adès' concerto for piano and orchestra, In Seven Days.
Geoffrey Paterson returns to the London Sinfonietta on 13 October to conduct them in a performance of Pascal Dusapin Passion, a collaboration with Music Theatre Wales.
Patricia Bardon returns to the role of Baba the Turk in a performance of Stravinsky The Rake's Progress with Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra on 3 November.
Lahav Shani and Francesco Piemontesi join forces for a concert of Brahms and Beethoven with the Philharmonia Orchestra on 4 November. Shani conducts Weber Oberon Overture, Brahms Symphony No.1 and Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 'Emperor', with himself as piano soloist.
Marin Alsop makes her first visit of the season on 11 November, conducting the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in a performance of Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem. She then returns on 16 January to conduct the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a contemporary programme with Colin Currie giving the world premiere of Helen Grime's Percussion Concerto.
John Wilson returns to the Philharmonia Orchestra on 15 November for a concert of Gershwin and Walton. He is joined by Louis Schwizgebel, who performs Gershwin Piano Concerto. Wilson then brings his John Wilson Orchestra to the Southbank Centre on 15 December, leading them in a characteristic programme of music from Hollywood and Broadway. He returns on 18 April to lead the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in a special performance of Gilbert & Sullivan Trial by Jury.
Mary Bevan joins the Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor Brian Wright for a seasonal performance of Handel's Messiah on 16 December.
Leonidas Kavakos appears at the Southbank Centre's International Chamber Music Series on 18 January alongside Yuja Wang, performing a recital of Mozart, Prokofiev, Bartók and Strauss.
Martyn Brabbins joins the Philharmonia Orchestra on 20 January 2019 to conduct an English programme of Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Britten and the London premiere of Geoffrey Gordon's Prometheus, a concerto for bass clarinet and orchestra.
Jacques Imbrailo joins the Mozartists and conductor Ian Page on 29 January for the next concert in their Mozart 250 series, which is themed around the year 1769. Imbrailo sings arias by Gluck, Haydn, Arne, Gréty and Paisiello.
Susan Bickley returns to the Southbank Centre to sing Beethoven Symphony No.9 alongside the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Oliver Gooch on 16 March.
Kian Soltani returns on 23 March after his acclaimed debut at Southbank Centre with the West–Eastern Divan Orchestra. This time he joins Edward Gardner and the London Philharmonic Orchestra to play Elgar Cello Concerto.
George Li joins Vasily Petrenko and the London Philharmonic Orchestra on 27 March to perform Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1, part of a programme that also features Khachaturian Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia and Walton Symphony No.1.
Following a critically acclaimed London conducting debut with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in 2017, Carlos Miguel Prieto returns to lead the young musicians in a concert on 12 April. Prieto conducts an exciting programme of Revueltas, Carlos Chávez and Copland.
Francesco Piemontesi returns to the International Piano Series on 2 May, performing a solo recital of works by Bach, Debussy and Rachmaninov.
Martin James Bartlett joins the Philharmonia Orchestra on 7 May to perform Ravel Piano Concerto in G, part of a programme that also features the world premiere of Cecilia McDowall Da Vinci Requiem.
Patricia Bardon sings Ulrica in Opera North Un Ballo in Maschera
Patricia Bardon returns to Opera North on 3 February 2018 to sing the role of Ulrica in Verdi Un Ballo in Maschera. Conducted by Richard Farnes, the production opens in Leeds with subsequent performances in Manchester, Nottingham and Newcastle. Tim Albery directs a cast also including Phillip Rhodes and Rafael Rojas.
Bardon was recently at Opera North in the 2016/17 season singing Principessa in Puccini Suor Angelica, an interpretation which earned her great critical acclaim:
"a commanding performance from Patricia Bardon as Angelica’s implacable aunt…”
Sunday Times, October 2016
Bardon’s final performance of Un Ballo in Maschera is on 24 March, leading on to a summer season including engagements with Glyndebourne and the Wiener Akademie.
Patricia Bardon & David Butt Philip: Das Rheingold at the Tanglewood Festival
Patricia Bardon and David Butt Philip join Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony at the Tanglewood Festival on 15 July 2017 to perform Wagner Das Rheingold. Bardon takes the role of Erda while Butt Philip sings Froh, joining a cast that also includes Sarah Connolly, Jochen Schmeckenbecher and Morris Robinson.
Bardon comes to Tanglewood soon after singing Elgar The Dream of Gerontius with English National Opera at the Royal Festival Hall and Mahler Symphony No.2 with Fabio Luisi and the Opera di Firenze.
Butt Philip has recently made debuts including Erik Fliegender Hollander at Opéra de Lille and Laertes in the premiere of Brett Dean's Hamlet at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, an opera in which he will play the title role on the Glyndebourne Tour next autumn. On the concert platform, Butt Philip has recently performed Beethoven Symphony No.9 with both the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Dream of Gerontius with the Tonkünstler Orchestra and the Hallé Orchestra.
Patricia Bardon sings Dream of Gerontius with English National Opera at Royal Festival Hall
Patricia Bardon joins the orchestra and chorus of English National Opera at the Royal Festival Hall on 1 and 2 July 2017 for two performances of Elgar The Dream of Gerontius. Bardon sings The Angel alongside Gwyn Hughes Jones as Gerontius and Matthew Rose as the Priest/Angel of Agony, with conducting from Simone Young and concept, design and staging from Lucy Carter.
The concerts are part of the Southbank Centre's Chorus Festival, and the BBC Singers also take part in the performances.
Following the two performances in London, Bardon performs Mahler Symphony No.2 with the Opera di Firenze and Fabio Luisi on 5 July. Elsewhere this month, Bardon sings Erda in Das Rheingold with Andriss Nelsons and the Boston Symphony at Tangelwood and Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera at Barcelona's Gran Teatro del Liceu.
Concert highlights for Bardon this season have included Mahler Symphony No.8 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski and Mahler Kindertotenlieder with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.
Sarah Tynan & Patricia Bardon return to English National Opera to star in Partenope
Sarah Tynan and Patricia Bardon return to English National Opera on 15 March 2017 to star in the first revival of Christopher Alden’s Olivier Award-winning production of Handel Partenope. Tynan returns to ENO to make her role debut in the title role, while Bardon returns in the role of Arsace. Christian Curnyn conducts a cast also featuring James Laing and Robert Murray.
Tynan’s highlights this season have included Haydn Creation with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Edward Gardner, and Woglinde in Das Rheingold with the Halle Orchestra. She closes the season as Fiorilla in Rossini Il Turco in Italia at Garsington Opera under the baton of David Parry.
Bardon most recently appeared as the Principessa in Puccini Suor Angelica for Opera North, and later this season can be seen in concert with the London Philharmonic Orchestra singing Mahler Symphony No.8. She originally performed the role of Rosmira in the 2008 premier of Alden’s production of Partenope, to critical acclaim:
“Patricia Bardon, one of the most gifted baroque singers in the world, negotiated the runs with flexibility, sang with a richness of tone and revelled in the gender-bending opportunities the role of Rosmira afforded her.”
Musical Criticism, October 2008
Partenope runs until 24 March.
Danielle de Niese & Patricia Bardon star in Agrippina in Vienna
Danielle de Niese and Patricia Bardon star in Theater an der Wien's new production of Handel's Agrippina, directed by Robert Carsen, on 18 March 2016.
De Niese sings Poppea, while Bardon is in the title role of Agrippina. They perform alongside Jake Arditti and Filippo Mineccia. The Balthasar Neumann Ensemble provide musical accompaniment, conducted by German violinist, stage director and musical director Thomas Hengelbrock.
De Niese reprises the role following her debut in a recent production of Agrippina at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. She joins Theater an der Wien following a successful run with the Lyric Opera in Chicago, performing the role of American diva Roxane Coss in Bel Canto, a new commission based on Ann Patchett’s novel of the same name. Classical Voice America praised her as “A fine actress, de Niese sang the enormous role superbly”, whilst she was also highlighted for her “requisite vocal and physical beauty” STL Today. After Agrippina, De Niese returns to her hometown of Lewes to take on the role of Rosina in Glyndebourne’s new production of Il barbiere di Siviglia this summer.
Bardon returns to the Theater an der Wien after her widely hailed appearance as Zenobia in Radamisto in 2013 under René Jacobs. Widely acclaimed for her interpretations of baroque roles, she has also recently sung the title role in Porpora’s Germanico in Germania for the Innsbruck Festival, as well as Cornelia in Handel’s Giulio Cesare at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Glyndebourne, and the Metropolitan Opera.
Agrippina premieres on 18 March and runs through to April.
Patricia Bardon performs Handel's Messiah in Belgium and France with Le Concert Spirituel
Patricia Bardon travels to Belgium and France this month for two performances of Handel’s Messiah in Brussels and Poissy on 3 and 4 December 2015 with Le Concert Spirituel. Bardon is joined by soprano Katherine Watson, tenor Topi Lehtipuu and bass Neal Davies, and the concerts are directed by Hervé Niquet.
Later in the month, Bardon sings further performances of Messiah alongside the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall on 13 and 18 December, this time with Kate Royal, John Mark Ainsley and Jonathan Lemalu under the baton of Brian Wright.
This has already been a busy season for Bardon, who was met with rave reviews for her appearance at the Innsbruck Festival in the title role of Porpora’s Germanico in Germania, and in October she made several concert appearances including Mahler Symphony No.2 with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and Mendelssohn Elijah with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. This spring, Bardon also sings the title role of Handel Agrippina at the Theater an der Wien.
Patricia Bardon in Leoncavallo’s Zazà at the Barbican
Patricia Bardon joins the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre for a semi-staged concert performance of Leoncavallo’s Zazà on 27 November 2015. Bardon joins an all-star cast and the BBC Singers, under the baton of Italian born Maurizio Benini.
Bardon sings the role of Anaide, and this month the mezzo-soprano has also performed Mahler’s Symphony No.2 with Fabio Luisi at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, and can shortly be seen alongside Le Concert Spirituel for performances of Handel’s Messiah in Belgium and France. This spring, Bardon also sings the title role of Handel Agrippina at the Theater an der Wien.
A hidden gem in opera repertoire, the same cast has just recorded Zazà for Opera Rara. This semi-staged performance at the Barbican is directed by Susanna Waters.
Patricia Bardon sings Mahler and Mendelssohn in Dublin and Liverpool
Patricia Bardon returns to the concert stage this month, appearing in Dublin on 16 October and in Huddersfield and Liverpool on 23 and 25 October 2015. On 16 October, Bardon joins the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. The concert also features soprano Máire Flavin and is conducted by Alan Buribayev.
Following her appearance in Dublin, Bardon travels to England for two performances of Mendelssohn’s Elijah under the baton of Vasily Petrenko at Huddersfield Town Hall and Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. Joining Bardon and the orchestra are Susan Gritton, Jeremy Ovenden, and Thomas Oliemans.
This summer Bardon appeared at the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, “impeccable in the title role” of Porpora’s Germanico in Germania. Following a series of concert appearances later this season with Le Concert Spirituel, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and with Fabio Luisi at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Bardon appears in the title role of Handel Agrippina at the Theater an der Wien.
Patricia Bardon reprises Mary Magdalene in The Gospel According to the Other Mary
Patricia Bardon joins Markus Stenz and the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest at the Palais de la Musique et Congres in Strasbourg on 27 September 2015, where she reprises the role of Mary Magdalene in John Adams’ The Gospel According to the Other Mary. Bardon previously sang the role in the staged world premiere of the work at English National Opera under the direction of Peter Sellars in 2014 to critical acclaim:
"Patricia Bardon makes Mary the work’s emotional core, always poised, always quietly, devastatingly eloquent."
Guardian, November 2014
Bardon has just finished an “impeccable” run of performances in the title role of Porpora’s Germanico in Germania for the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, a production directed by Alexander Schulin and conducted by Alessandro de Marchi. Later this season, Bardon can be seen in the title role of Handel Agrippina at Theater an der Wien with conductor Thomas Hengelbrock, Jake Arditti, and Danielle de Niese.
Patricia Bardon joins Intermusica for worldwide management
Intermusica is delighted to announce the signing of the world-renowned Irish mezzo-soprano Patricia Bardon. Bardon was the youngest ever prize-winner of the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, and has received three Olivier Nominations for the roles of Maurya Riders to the Sea and Rosmira Partenope at English National Opera, and Baba the Turk The Rake’s Progress at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
A singer of impressive versatility, Bardon has found success in a variety of roles from the Baroque to the contemporary. In recent seasons, she has been praised for performances of Erda in the new Robert Lepage production of Der Ring des Nibelungen at The Metropolitan Opera, (the DVD of which won a Grammy award), La Nourrice Ariane et Barbe Bleu for Gran Teatre del Liceu, Azucena Il Trovatore at Welsh National Opera, title role Carmen at Los Angeles Opera conducted by Placido Domingo, and a “peerless” Cornelia Giulio Cesare at Glyndebourne and the Met.
Bardon is an established singer of contemporary repertoire, having most recently created the title role in Saariaho's Adriana Mater in Paris, as well as the title role in Peter Sellars’ production of John Adams The Gospel According to the Other Mary at ENO, for which the Guardian remarked "Patricia Bardon makes Mary the work’s emotional core, always poised, always quietly, devastatingly eloquent."