Stellar vocal line-up for Romanian premiere of Peter Grimes at Enescu Festival
On 15 September, the Enescu Festival presents the Romanian premiere of Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes featuring a stellar Intermusica cast including Lise Davidsen in her role debut as Ellen Orford, Christopher Purves as Balstrode, Michael Colvin as Bob Boles, and Huw Montague Rendall and Rhian Lois, making their debuts as Ned Keene and the Second Niece, respectively.
The concert performance will be combined with a visual story, imagined by multimedia director Carmen Lidia Vidu as a graphic film.
The concert also serves as a vehicle for legendary English mezzo-soprano Diana Montague to sing Mrs Sedley and share the stage for the first time with her son, Huw Montague Rendall, one of the most exciting and fast-rising young baritones of today.
The Enescu Festival is held annually in honour of the celebrated Romanian composer George Enescu. It is the largest classical music festival and competition in Romania and one of the largest in Europe.
Other Intermusica artist appearances at this year's festival include celebrated Romanian mezzo-soprano Ruxandra Donose alongside Armonia Atenea as Ramise in Handel’s Arminio; Yuja Wang with the Dresden Staatskapelle and Myung-Whun Chung, Midori in recital with Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Renaud Capuçon with Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège and
Gergely Madaras; and the Oslo Philharmonic, Vasily Petrenko and Leif Ove Andsnes, brought to the festival by Intermusica’s International Touring department.
The Grimes performance will be streamed live via the Enescu Festival website.
Intermusica artists star in the Royal Opera House’s 2019/20 season
The Royal Opera House announced their 2019/20 season on 14 May 2019, unveiling a wide range of new commissions, world premieres and revivals, supported by a diverse range of ticketed and free daytime events, activities and festivals for people of all ages. The season is the first full season since the completion of Covent Garden’s three-year Open Up initiative and features 13 new productions (including two world premieres). Among the new works is the world premiere of Jules Maxwell The Lost Thing, an adaptation of Shaun Tan’s picture book. The production is staged in association with Candoco Dance Company, the commission features a cast of disabled and non-disabled singers, dancers and musicians.
>Click here to see full details of the Royal Opera House’s new season.
Following his critically acclaimed performances in Billy Budd in April, Jacques Imbrailo returns to the Royal Opera House to star as Albert in Massenet Werther from 17 September. Benoît Jacquot’s production is conducted by Edward Gardner and also features Stephanie Wake-Edwards, who begins her debut season as a Jette Parker Young Artist with the role of Käthchen.
Rhian Lois returns to Covent Garden on 25 September to perform as Jerusha in Gerald Barry The Intelligence Park at the Linbury Theatre. Conducted by Jessica Cottis, the production is the first of Barry’s opera in London since 1990.
On 14 October, Evelino Pidò conducts the premiere of a new production of Donizetti Don Pasquale from Damiano Michieletto. The production stars Bryn Terfel and is co-produced with the Opéra national de Paris and Teatro Massimo, Palermo. The performance on 24 October will be broadcast live to cinemas around the world as part of the Royal Opera House’s Live Cinema Season.
Leo Hussain made a critically acclaimed debut at Covent Garden in 2016 helming the Royal Opera’s first production of Enescu Oedipe. He returns to the Royal Opera House on 1 November to conduct David McVicar’s production of Die Zauberflöte, which also features Hongni Wu as Zweite Dame. Wu is currently a member of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme, with other roles in the 2019/20 season including Flora in La traviata, Karolka in Jenůfa and Tebaldo in Don Carlo.
Tim Mead returns to the Royal Opera House to star in David McVicar’s new production of Britten Death in Venice from 21 November. Performing under the baton of Sir Mark Elder, Mead performs the role of Apollo opposite Mark Padmore and Gerald Finley.
Gregory Kunde performs one of his signature roles at Covent Garden from 9 December, starring in the title role of Verdi Otello under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano. Keith Warner’s production also stars Freddie De Tommaso, who makes his Covent Garden debut as Cassio.
Pamela Helen Stephen, Vlada Borovko, Hongni Wu and Stephanie Wake-Edwards join the cast for Richard Eyre’s production of La traviata from 17 December. Stephen takes the role of Annina, while Borovko stars as Violetta on 1 February 2020. She also returns to star as Musetta in three performances of La bohème directed by Richard Jones on 7, 11 and 13 February. Wake-Edwards and Wu share the role of Flora.
Lise Davidsen sings her first lead role at the Royal Opera House from 1 March 2020 when she stars opposite Jonas Kaufmann in a new production of Beethoven Fidelio. The production is directed by Tobias Kratzer, who directs Davidsen in Wagner Tannhäuser at this summer’s Bayreuth Festival. The production will be broadcast live in cinemas on 17 March.
Hongni Wu and Stephanie Wake-Edwards join the cast of Janáček Jenůfa from 24 March 2020. Directed by Claus Guth and conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, Wu takes the role of Karolka while Wake-Edwards sings the Herdswoman.
Ruxandra Donose returns to the Royal Opera House for two productions next season. On 27 April, she joins Christof Loy’s production of Wagner Tristan und Isolde to sing the role of Brangäne under the baton of Semyon Bychkov. She then returns on 29 June to star in Don Carlo as Eboli. Nicholas Hytner’s production also features Hongni Wu as Tebaldo.
Stephanie Wake-Edwards continues her debut season as a Jette Parker Young Artist with the role of Kate Pinkerton in Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s production of Puccini Madama Butterfly from 22 June. This co-production with the Gran Teatre del Liceu is conducted by Dan Ettinger.
Hongni Wu and Stephanie Wake-Edwards round off the season alongside their colleagues on the Jette Parker programme with the Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance on 18 July.
Rhian Lois debuts as Valencienne in The Merry Widow at English National Opera
Rhian Lois Returns to English National Opera on 1 March 2019 to make her role debut as Valencienne in Max Webster’s production of Lehár The Merry Widow. The production is conducted by Kristiina Poska.
Highlights this season include Lois’s role and house debut as Nanetta in Verdi Falstaff at the Grange Festival and also a performance at the International Enescu Festival. Recent highlights include her house debuts at Grand Théâtre de Genève as Angelika in the European premiere of Figaro gets a Divorce, and two role debuts at English National Opera as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro and Governess in The Turn of the Screw.
Rhian Lois & Marta Fontanals-Simmons perform at the Royal Festival Hall with the Choir of King's College, Cambridge
Rhian Lois and Marta Fontanals-Simmons join the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, on 13 December 2018 to perform in a seasonal celebration concert at the Royal Festival Hall. Stephen Cleobury conducts the concert, whichis part of his last Christmas with King’s after being Director of Music for the past 37 years. Together with fellow soloists Roderick Williams and Joel Williams they perform Bach’s Magnificat in D followed by some festive classics.
This season, Lois makes some major role and house debuts, including Nanetta in Verdi Falstaff with the Grange Festival and Valencienne in Lehar The Merry Widow with English National opera. She also performs in concert at the International Enescu Festival.
Recent highlights include her house debut at Grand Théâtre de Genève as Angelika in the European premiere of Figaro gets a Divorce, and two role debuts at English National Opera as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and Governess in The Turn of the Screw.
Highlights this season for Marta Fontanals-Simmons include her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Hel in the world premiere of Gavin Higgins The Monstrous Child at the Linbury Theatre, Amando Le Grand Macabre with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and Alan Gilbert, and a return to Glyndebourne Festival Opera for Zweite Dame Die Zauberflöte.
Martyn Brabbins conducts Fiona Shaw's Marriage of Figaro at English National Opera with Rhian Lois as Susanna
Martyn Brabbins leads his second production as Music Director of English National Opera this month, conducting a revival of Fiona Shaw's production of The Marriage of Figaro from 29 March 2018. He conducts a cast that features Intermusica's Rhian Lois making her role debut as Susanna as well as Thomas Oliemans in the title role, Ashley Riches as Almaviva and Lucy Crowe as Countess Almaviva.
Brabbins began his tenure at English National Opera conducting the world premiere of Nico Muhly Marnie, for which he was highly praised:
"Sterling conducting from Martyn Brabbins"
Times, November 2017
"Martyn Brabbins conducts with great sensitivity"
Guardian, November 2017
"ENO’s new Music Director Martyn Brabbins conducts with enthusiastic commitment"
Telegraph, November 2017
"In the pit, Martyn Brabbins imposes his authority as ENO’s new music director"
Financial Times, November 2017
Rhian Lois is one of ENO's Harewood Artists and returns to the company in June to make a second debut, this time as the Governess in Britten's The Turn of the Screw.
The Marriage of Figaro runs at the Coliseum until 14 April.
Rhian Lois sings Adele in Die Fledermaus with Welsh National Opera
Rhian Lois returns to Welsh National Opera this month to reprise the role of Adele in John Copley's production of Die Fledermaus, opening on 14 October 2017 at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff. Lois received critical praise for her Adele earlier this year:
"The pick of the singers was Rhian Lois in the soubrette role of the maid Adele, who truly threw her voice at the role, producing energy and excitement at every turn."
"Rhian Lois is a delightful discovery as a feisty, Welsh-accented Adele, and she sings the Laughing Song in a light, bright style."
Later this season Lois returns to the English National Opera, where she is currently a Harewood Artist, to sing Susanna in Fiona Shaw's production of The Marriage of Figaro alongside ENO music director Martyn Brabbins. She can also be seen in concerts with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra later this year.
Rhian Lois makes debut at Grand Théâtre de Genève as Angelika in European premiere of Figaro Gets a Divorce
Rhian Lois opens a season of major debuts on 14 September 2017 as Angelika in the European premiere of Elena Langer's 2016 opera Figaro Gets a Divorce at Grand Théâtre de Genève. Lois sang the role in the world premiere performance of Figaro Gets a Divorce with Welsh National Opera:
"Rhian Lois's Angelika and Naomi O'Connell's Serafin - both played with conviction and sung with clear, clean tone."
Opera News, May 2016
Further highlights for Lois this season includes two important role debuts at English National Opera: as Susanna in Fiona Shaw's production of Le nozze di Figaro and the Governess in The Turn of the Screw.
Figaro Gets a Divorce runs until 26 September.
Rhian Lois stars as Adele in Die Fledermaus at Welsh National Opera
Rhian Lois returns to Welsh National Opera on 20 May 2017 to star as Adele in Die Fledermaus. Lois, currently a Harewood Artist at English National Opera, debuted the role there in 2013/14. Her performance was universally praised:
‘As Adele, Rhian Lois was glorious, giving a career-defining performance’
‘Rhian Lois was the other standout. She had the spunk, sparkle and comic timing to make a delightful Adele.’
Lois returns to Welsh National Opera after performing the roles of Susanna and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro and Angelica in the world premiere of Figaro gets a Divorce last season. She reprises the role of Angelica in her Grand Théâtre de Genève debut next season.
Performances of Die Fledermaus run until 28 June.
Rhian Lois makes US debut as Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Santa Fe Opera
Rhian Lois makes her US debut as Zerlina in Santa Fe Opera’s upcoming production of Don Giovanni from 2 July 2016. Lois joins a cast that includes Leah Crocetto as Donna Anna, Keri Alkema as Donna Elvira and Canadian bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch in the title role, with John Nelson conducting.
Lois, currently a Harewood Artist at English National Opera, made her Royal Opera House debut last season as Papagena Die Zauberflöte. At ENO she was heard as Adele Die Fledermaus, Musetta La bohème, Nerine in Cherpentier Medea and Atalanta Xerxes. Earlier this season she sang Barbarina and Susanna as well as Angelica in the world premiere of Figaro Gets a Divorce, all at Welsh National Opera. Next season she returns to Wales to sing Adele, a role which is becoming a calling card.
Lois can be heard at the Santa Fe Opera on 2, 8, 13 and 22 July and 1, 6, 10, 15, 20 and 26 August.
Mark Wigglesworth, Rhian Lois and Christopher Purves in Shakespeare anniversary celebrations
Mark Wigglesworth, Rhian Lois and Christopher Purves mark the anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, and 400 years since his death, on 23 April in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Lois, Purves and Wigglesworth join the Orchestra of English National Opera on the stage of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon for Shakespeare Live!, a collaboration between the Royal Shakespeare Company and ENO.
Lois will sing the role of Héro in duet 'Vous soupirez, madame!' from Berlioz's Béatrice et Bénédict, while Purves will sing extracts from Verdi’s Falstaff, all alongside performances from renowned actors and dancers celebrating Shakespeare’s influence on drama, music and dance. Mark Wigglesworth will conduct and David Tenant and Catherine Tate will present the evening. Simon Russell Beale, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellan and Helen Mirren are among the night’s other performers.
The show will be broadcast live on BBC Two from 8.30pm and will be screened live to Picturehouse cinemas in the UK and Europe, and around the rest of the world by BBC Worldwide.
Find out more about the Shakespeare celebrations taking place in 2016 on the Shakespeare400 website.
'Shakespeare Live! From the RSC' is available on BBC iPlayer until 21 May.
Corinne Winters and Rhian Lois star in La bohème at English National Opera
Corinne Winters and Rhian Lois return to the English National Opera on 16 October 2015 for Benedict Andrews' new production of Puccini La bohème, conducted by Xian Zhang. Winters sings the role of Mimi, while current Harewood Artist Lois stars alongside her as Musetta. The cast also features Zach Borichevsky as Rodolfo and Duncan Rock as Marcello.
Winters has previously made immensely successful appearances at ENO as Teresa in Benvenuto Cellini and as Violetta in La traviata. This season she also makes her role debut as Desdemona in Verdi Otello at Opera Vlaanderen, and her house debut as Mélisande Pelléas et Mélisande for Opernhaus Zurich.
Rhian Lois, who makes her Santa Fe debut this summer as Zerlina, has been an ENO Harewood Artist since 2012. Her roles for the company have included Adele, Papagena, Atalanta, Frasquita, First Niece and the world premiere of Between Worlds. Last season she made her debut with Royal Opera House as Papagena. Further highlights this season include Barbarina at Welsh National Opera in Le nozze di Figaro and the world premiere of the sequel Figaro gets a Divorce. Recent concert engagements include Messiah with the CBSO at Symphony Hall Birmingham, a concert of Mozart Masterpieces at the Royal Festival Hall as well as a performance of Mendelssohn’s Incidental music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Edward Gardner and CBSO recorded by Chandos.
Intermusica signs Rhian Lois for worldwide management
We are delighted to announce the signing of 27-year-old Welsh soprano Rhian Lois for worldwide management. Currently a Harewood artist, she has performed to great acclaim on the English National Opera stage, singing roles such as Adele Die Fledermaus, Nerine in Charpentier’s Medea, Atalanta Xerxes, Frasquita Carmen, First Niece Peter Grimes, Papagena Magic Flute and Yvette The Passanger.
Earlier this year Lois made her Royal Opera House debut as Papagena and next summer she makes her North American debut as Zerlina in Santa Fe as well as starring as Musetta in a new production of La bohème for English National Opera.
Much sought-after on the concert platform, her appearances include Mozart Requiem with the CBSO and Simon Halsey, CBSO's Stravinsky retrospective 'Igor Fest', Brahms Requiem at Milton Court, Barbican, Handel's Messiah in Cambridge and Carmina Burana at the Brangwyn Hall, Messiah with the CBSO at Symphony Hall Birmingham, a concert of Mozart Masterpieces at the Royal Festival Hall.
Lois is currently performing in ENO’s acclaimed production of Carmen and next month she will perform with Edward Gardner and the CBSO Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream which will be later released by British record label Chandos.