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.
> Click here to see full details of ENO's 2019/20 season
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.
David Butt Philip stars in new production of Der Zwerg at Deutsche Oper Berlin
David Butt Philip makes his debut in the title role of Zemlinsky Der Zwerg at Deutsche Oper Berlin on 24 March, his first production with the company. Tobias Kratzer’s new production is conducted by Donald Runnicles and also features Elena Tsallagova and Emily Magee.
Butt Philip is quickly making a name for himself in the German and Slavic repertoire with scheduled debuts as Florestan Fidelio, the title role of Lohengrin, Prince Rusalka and Boris Katja Kabanova. Recent operatic highlights include Grigoriy Boris Godunov at the Royal Opera House, Earl of Essex in a new production of Gloriana at Teatro Real, Laertes and the title role of Brett Dean Hamlet at Glyndebourne and Erik Der Fliegende Holländer in Lille. Recently he was nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera for his role in Daniel Kramer’s staged production of Britten’s War Requiem at English National Opera.
Future seasons see him make debuts with Metropolitan Opera New York, Cologne Opera and Opera Australia, as well as returning to Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Glyndebourne Festival, English National Opera and Teatro Real.
David Butt Phillip stars as Faust in concert with the Hallé Orchestra & Sir Mark Elder
On 10 February, David Butt Philip joins the Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder for a concert performance of La Damnation de Faust, in which he sings the title role. Butt Philip is joined by Rinat Shaham, David Soar and Laurent Naouri. Butt Philip is a regular guest of Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé, previously performing Elgar Dream of Gerontius, Das Rheingold and Haydn Nelson Mass.
Recent highlights on the concert platform include Beethoven Symphony No.9 on New Year's Eve with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin and Vladimir Jurowski, Dream of Gerontius at Gloucester Cathedral, Tippet’s A Child of our Time in Lisbon, Beethoven Missa Solemnis with Rundfunkchor Berlin and Kammerakademie Potsdam and Verdi Requiem with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall.
Operatic highlights include his company and role debut in the title role of a new production of Der Zwerg at Deutsche Oper Berlin, returns to Teatro Real Madrid as Froh Das Rheingold, Royal Opera House as Grigoriy Boris Godunov, English National Opera in Daniel Kramer’s new production of Britten’s War Requiem; and Opera Holland Park in his debut as Count Vaudemont in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta.
Intermusica artists welcome in the New Year
This year Intermusica artists Lahav Shani, Emmanuel Krivine, David Butt Philip, Valentina Peleggi and Nicholas Collon take part in concerts across Europe to welcome in 2019. Intermusica also brings the Royal Scottish National Orchestra to China to spread some traditional Hogmanay spirit.
Lahav Shani joins the Staatskapelle Berlin for at the city’s Staatsoper unter den Linden for concerts on 30 and 31 December. Shani begins at the piano for Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue, before conducting Weill Four Songs in an arrangement for trumpet and orchestra. The programme also features Tchaikovsky’s festive Nutcracker Suite followed by Duke Ellington’s big band arrangement of the popular ballet score.
Emmanuel Krivine helms the Orchestre National de France’s New Year’s Eve concert alongside soprano Measha Brueggergosman, who sings songs from Gershwin Porgy and Bess. Krivine also conducts Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker Suite and Johan Strauss Sans-Souci-Polka and Emperor Waltzes. Krivine, Brueggergosman and the ONF then go on to perform the programme in Aix-en-Provence and Grenoble on 2 and 3 January.
David Butt Philip joins Vladimir Jurowski and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin for their New Year’s Eve concerts, which take place on 30 and 31 December at the Konzerthaus Berlin. Butt Philip performs Beethoven Symphony No.9 alongside fellow soloists Genia Kühmeier, Vasilisa Berzhanskaya and Paul Gay.
Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra are joined for their New Year’s concerts by pianist Imogen Cooper. Collon conducts them in a programme centred around Vienna, featuring three Mozart works as well as waltzes by Johann Strauss.
Intermusica's International Tours department is also in action over New Year as they bring the Royal Scottish National Orchestra to China. The orchestra is joined for the tour by violinist Nicola Benedetti and perform a programme of works including Debussy March Ecossaise and Bruch Scottish Fantasy.
Valentina Peleggi celebrates the New Year Swedish-style on 5 January with the Gothenburg Opera Orchestra in their annual Twelfth Night concert and ball. She conducts Offenbach arias in a starry line-up headed up by Katarina Karneus.
Intermusica artists commemorate the centenary of the ending of the First World War
Several Intermusica artists were involved in events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War this month both on and around Armistice Day on 11 November.
Renaud Capuçon joined Yo-Yo Ma in Paris on Armistice Day itself to perform Ravel's Sonata for Violin and Cello for world leaders including President Macron, Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Trump.
Also on Armistice Day, Marin Alsop led the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in a performance of Brahms' German Requiem, which broke from tradition by presenting the Requiem Mass in German rather than the usual Latin. In October, Alsop also conducted three concerts with Daniil Trifonov and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra honouring the Armistice entitled A Time for Reflection.
Andrew Manze led the combined forces of the NDR Radiophilharmonie and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in two performances of Britten's War Requiem, first at the Kuppelsaal Hannover on 3 November and then at Liverpool Cathedral on 10 November. Click here to watch Manze and members of the orchestras talk about the project.
In Cardiff, Mark Wigglesworth conducted the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and soloists Emma Bell, Alan Clayton and Roman Trekel in Britten's War Requeim, which interspersed the words of the Mass for the Dead with the poetry of Wilfred Owen.
On 4 November, the London Symphony Orchestra gave the London premiere of Sir James MacMillan's All the Hills and Vales Along, a new oratorio written for soloist Ian Bostridge and based on poems by Charles Hamilton Sorley who was killed at the Battle of Loos in 1915.
On 10 and 11 November, Cantori New York gave the US premiere of Thierry Escaich's oratorio "Cris", which was written after the novel by Laurent Gaudé Les Cris de Paris which explores the experience of French soldiers in the trenches. Its world premiere came in 2016 at the Théâtre de Verdun to mark the centenary of the Battle of Verdun, the longest of the war.
Hubert Zapiór joined the Albany Symphony at the Proctors Theater in Schenectady to perform War Requiem under the baton of David Allan Miller.
On 10 November Anthony Gregory and Susan Bickley joined the BBC Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s The Silver Tassie. Turnage's opera is an adapatation of Sean O’Casey’s provocative 1928 play of the same name, which critiqued the damaging impact of the war.
On 9 November, Marta Fontanals-Simmons joined the Jenaer Philharmonie to perform Benjamin Ellin's One Before Zero, a one-movement oratorio commemorating the Battle of the Somme. The work weaves together first-hand accounts of the Great War in English, German and French and illustrates, both linguistically and musically, how the trauma of war affected all nations equally. Click here to read an interview with Fontanals-Simmons about the piece.
Martyn Brabbins and English National Opera perform a staged version of Britten's War Requiem directed by Kaspar Holten on 16 and 22 November. Intermusica's David Butt Philip leads the soloists for the performances.
Martyn Brabbins conducts staged War Requiem with David Butt Philip at English National Opera
Martyn Brabbins conducts a fully staged Britten War Requiem at English National Opera from 16 November 2018 to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War. Directed by Daniel Kremer, it features the massed choirs of ENO chorus and the specially-formed chorus for Porgy and Bess, and soloists David Butt Philip, Emma Bell and Roderick Williams.
Brabbins continues the Armistice theme in the next instalment of his Vaughan Williams symphonic cycle, conducting the Symphony No.3 “Pastoral” with the BBC Symphony at the Barbican on 30 November, coupling it with a new work reflective of WWI by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Last Man Standing. He then takes the Vaughan Williams into the studio to continue the cycle for Hyperion. Their first two discs have had spectacular reviews, most recently:
“ a majestic interpretation that I can unhesitatingly place in the front rank alongside the 1953 Boult…"
Gramophone, October 2018
Brabbins also conducts the BBC Symphony at the Barbican a week earlier on 15 November, replacing the orchestra’s Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo to conduct Ethyl Smyth’s rarely-performed Mass in D, in a celebration of 100 years of women’s suffrage.
This season, David Butt Philip makes his company and role debut in the title role Der Zwerg, a new production by Christoph Loy at Deutsche Oper Berlin and returns to Teatro Real Madrid to sing Froh Das Rheingold in a new production of the Ring cycle; to the Royal Opera House as Grigoriy Boris Godunov; and Opera Holland Park in his debut as Count Vaudemont in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta. Butt Philip’s upcoming concert highlights include Beethoven Symphony No.9 on New Years’ Eve with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin and Vladimir Jurowski, Verdi Requiem with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall and Faust La damnation de Faust with the Hallé Orchestra.
Joélle Harvey & David Butt Philip perform at Buckingham Palace gala for the Prince of Wales' 70th birthday
Joélle Harvey and David Butt Philip performed at a gala at Buckingham Palace on 25 October 2018 to celebrate the 70th birthday of the Prince of Wales. In collaboration with the Royal Opera House and conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano, Butt Philip sang the role of Walther von Stolzing in the quintet from Wagner Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and the role of Bardolfo in the finale of Verdi Falstaff. Harvey sang ‘Da tempeste il legno infranto’ from Handel's Giulio Cesare. Also in performance at the gala were Stephen Fry, Judi Dench and Sir Kenneth Branagh.
Click here for a slideshow of photos from the event via the Evening Standard.
David Butt Philip and Kai Rüütel perform Dream of Gerontius at Gloucester Cathedral
David Butt Philip and Kai Rüütel join the Gloucester Choral Society and the British Sinfonia under the baton of Adrian Partington to perform Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius at Gloucester Cathedral on 13 October 2018.
Both artists have performed the work previously to critical acclaim:
"[Kai Rüütel’s] English was flawless; her voice sounded absolutely gorgeous; she sang with excellent feeling but with a complete absence of histrionics – she simply stood and delivered; and although she carried a score she barely glanced at it, singing directly to her audience with whom she maintained a compelling eye-contact."
Seen and Heard International
"The big moments — the almost Verdian “aria” Sanctus fortis, and especially the climactic Take Me Away — rang out with the operatic fervour Elgar surely wanted, but gets all too rarely from interpreters raised in the cathedral or college tenor tradition. Yet Butt Philip sings with a spiritual inwardness that touches, even rends, the heart. At several instances, I was brought close to tears by the sheer beauty of his singing. This young man is a marvel, born to sing this part. The other soloists seemed inspired by Butt Philip’s exemplary pathos.”
This season Rüütel returns to Theater an der Wien to star alongside Christian Gerhaher in a staged production of Mendelssohn’s Elijah as well as making her highly anticipated home operatic debut in the title role of Carmen at Estonian National Opera. She also returns to Royal Opera House for their Ring Cycle to sing Waltraute Die Walküre. On the concert platform, Rüütel appears at the ‘Stars of Operalia’ gala at the Birgitta Festival and in recital with Roger Vignoles at Oxford Lieder.
This season, Butt Philip’s upcoming concert highlights include Beethoven Symphony No.9 on New Years’ Eve with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin and Vladimir Jurowski, Verdi Requiem with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall and Faust La damnation de Faust with the Hallé Orchestra. Operatic highlights include his company and role debut in the title role Der Zwerg, a new production by Christoph Loy at Deutsche Oper Berlin. He also returns to Madrid to sing Froh Das Rheingold in the new Ring Cycle production of Teatro Real and to the Royal Opera House as Grigoriy Boris Godunov; English National Opera in Daniel Kramer’s new production of Britten’s War Requiem; and Opera Holland Park in his debut as Count Vaudemont in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta.
Danielle de Niese & David Butt Philip release new recording of Bernstein Wonderful Town on LSO Live
On 7 September, LSO Live releases a recording of the unforgettable concert performances of Bernstein Wonderful Town with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and starring Danielle de Niese as Eileen and David Butt Philip as Lonigan.
The semi-staged performances received rave reviews in December when they were presented at the Barbican as part of the celebrations marking Bernstein's centenary.
“Danielle de Niese was brilliantly cast as Eileen, resplendent in scarlet. Her voice glistened with mischief and sparkle, and the vocal charm of ‘It’s Love’ worked its musical magic on Baker."
Seen and Heard International, December 2017
“A trio of lofty young British talent shone as named characters and in the ensemble…and David Butt Philip turning on the Irish Blarney as Lonigan”.
Bachtrack, December 2017
Click here for more information and to buy the recording.
David Butt Philip makes debut as Folco in Mascagni’s Isabeau at Opera Holland Park
David Butt Philip makes his role debut as Folco on 14 July 2018 when he stars in Martin Lloyd-Evans’ new production of Mascagni’s rarely performed Isabeau at Opera Holland Park. The performances are conducted by Francesco Cilluffo.
This season Butt Philip made his company and role debut as Earl of Essex in David McVicar’s new production of Gloriana at Teatro Real as well as his role debut in the title role in Brett Dean’s Hamlet with Glyndebourne. Further appearances include Narraboth Salome at the Royal Opera House and on the concert platform, Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius with the Halle Orchestra at York Minster, Verdi Requiem with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Lonigan in Bernstein’s Wonderful Town with Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra, Britten’s War Requiem with Opera Orchestre National Montpellier and Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, Brett Dean’s From Melodius Lay with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin and Vladimir Jurowski and Prokofiev’s Seven, they are seven with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy.
Upcoming operatic highlights include a role and company debut in the title role Der Zwerg at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Froh Das Rheingold at Teatro Real, a new production of Britten’s War Requiem at English National Opera and Grigoriy Boris Godunov at the Royal Opera House. On the concert platform, Butt Philip performs Beethoven Symphony No.9 with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin and Vladimir Jurowski, Verdi Requiem with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall and Faust in Damnation de Faust with the Halle Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder.
Performances of Isabeau run until 28 July.
David Butt Philip makes his debut at the Gulbenkian with Britten’s War Requiem
David Butt Philip makes his debut at the Gulbenkian on 4 May 2018 with the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa and Graeme Jenkins, performing Britten War Requiem. Butt Philip's fellow soloists are Rachael Nicholls and Roderick Williams.
On May 12 Butt Philip joins the Orchestra of Opera North making his role debut as Faust La damnation de Faust in Leeds Town Hall joined by Rachel Kelly, David Soar and Ashley Riches.
This season Butt Philip gave a "career defining performance" in the title role of Brett Dean Hamlet with Glyndebourne on Tour and also made his debut at Teatro Real as Earl of Essex Gloriana, appeared as Narraboth Salome at the Royal Opera House and debuted at the Berlin Philharmonie with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Vladimir Jurowski performing Brett Dean From Melodious Lay. Upcoming highlights include Folco in Mascagni Isabeau at Opera Holland Park as well as exciting role debuts as Prince Rusalka, Florestan Fidelio and title role Der Zwerg at Deutsche Oper Berlin.
Leonardo Capalbo, Leigh Melrose and David Butt Philip appear in new production of Britten's Gloriana at Teatro Real
Leonardo Capalbo, Leigh Melrose and David Butt Philip star in David McVicar’s new production of Britten Gloriana at Teatro Real, which opens on 12 April 2018. Leonardo Capalbo and David Butt Philip share the role of Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex and Leigh Melrose sings the role of Sir Robert Cecil.
Capalbo’s recent highlights include Rodolfo La bohème at Perm State Opera and Festspielhaus Baden-Baden with Teodor Currentzis and at Theater St Gallen, Nemorino L’elisir d’amore at Staatsoper Hannover, Don José Carmen at the inaugural Grange Festival and title role in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann. Upcoming highlights include a return to Polish National Opera as Don José in a new Carmen.
Melrose made his highly anticipated role debut as Golaud earlier this season at the Ruhrtriennale Festival, a role he then reprised at Opera Vlaanderen and also performs later this season at Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg. Further highlights in the 2017/18 season include a second appearance at Teatro Real as Stolzius in Zimmermann Die Soldaten, a new production by Calixto Bieito. Further ahead he makes role debuts at Teatro alla Scala and Wiener Staatsoper as well as returning for new productions at Dutch National Opera and Opernhaus Zürich.
This season Butt Philip gave a "career defining performance" in the title role of Brett Dean’s Hamlet with Glyndebourne on Tour as well as appearing as Narraboth Salome at the Royal Opera House and his debut at the Berlin Philharmonie with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Vladimir Jurowski performing From Melodious Lay from Brett Dean’s Hamlet. Upcoming highlights include Folco in Mascagni’s Isabeau at Opera Holland Park as well as exciting role debuts as Prince Rusalka, Florestan Fidelio and title role Der Zwerg.
Capalbo and Melrose perform on 12, 14, 16, 18, 22 and 24 April, while Butt Philip performs on 13, 17 and 23 April.
David Butt Philip sings Brett Dean's From Melodious Lay with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin & Vladimir Jurowski
David Butt Philip joins the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin and Vladimir Jurowski to sing Brett Dean From Melodious Lay on 4 March 2018. From Melodious Way is an excerpt from Dean’s critically acclaimed opera Hamlet, a work in which Butt Philip premiered the role of Laertes last season and made his debut in the title role earlier this season, both at Glyndebourne. In this performance he is joined by soprano Allison Bell as Ophelia.
Butt Philip’s concert highlights this season include Elgar Dream of Gerontius with the Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder, Britten War Requiem with Orquestra Sinfonica Portuguesa and Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier, and Prokofiev Seven, they are seven with the Philharmonia under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy. He also makes his role debut as in the title role of La damnation de Faust in a concert performance with the Orchestra of Opera North.
On the opera platform his highlights include his house debut with Teatro Real as Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex in Sir David McVicar’s new production of Britten Gloriana as well as exciting roles debuts as Prince Rusalka, Florestan Fidelio, title role Der Zwerg and Folco in Mascagni Isabeau.
David Butt Philip sings Britten War Requiem with Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier
David Butt Philip joins the Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier and Michael Schønwandt for two performances of Britten War Requiem on 16 and 17 February 2018.
Following Butt Philip’s recent acclaimed debut in the title role in Brett Dean’s Hamlet, upcoming operatic highlights include his house debut with Teatro Real as Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex in Sir David McVicar’s new production of Britten Gloriana and Folco in Mascagni’s Isabeau at Opera Holland Park.
Butt Philip’s concert highlights this season include Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius with the Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder, Britten’s War Requiem with Orquestra Sinfonica Portuguesa, Brett Dean’s From Melodious Lay with Vladimir Jurowski and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Prokofiev’s Seven, they are seven with the Philharmonia under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy. He also makes his role debut as in the title role of La damnation de Faust in a concert performance with the Orchestra of Opera North.
Intermusica artists featured in Best of 2017 critics' picks
At the end of each year we look forward to reading critics’ musical highlights from the last 12 months; we’re delighted to see many of our artists featured in a host of such round-ups.
A standout achievement of the year was Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Monteverdi 450 tour, which was praised globally. The tour commemorated the 450th anniversary of the composer’s death and visited the Berlin Festival, Philharmonie de Paris, the new National Forum of Music in Wrocław, and the Salzburg, Edinburgh International and Lucerne festivals, as well as Bristol’s Colston Hall, Aix-en-Provence, Barcelona’s Palau de la Música Catalana and a historic residency at Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the composer's adopted home. Hugh Canning in the Sunday Times praised it as “dazzling”, while it was also chosen as one of the highlights of the year by the Guardian and Alex Ross of the New Yorker, who praised the “deft, vivid” productions that confirmed that “the first great opera composer remains the master of the game.” It was also chosen by the Herald Scotland, The Arts Desk, New York Classical Review and Chicago Classical Review.
Another highlight was the world premiere run of Brett Dean’s Hamlet at Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Hugh Canning picked it as his operatic highlight of the year in the Sunday Times, and it also featured in round-ups in the Evening Standard, The Arts Desk and The Stage.
Hugh Canning also praised David Butt Philip’s “searing” performance in Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé.
Nicholas Collon’s Prom with his Aurora Orchestra, in which he conducted Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony from memory, was chosen as one of the Evening Standard’s highlights of the classical year, as was the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester’s visit to London. The orchestra’s performance at the Barbican featured Intermusica artists Leonidas Kavakos and Kirill Gerstein performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, and was part of the orchestra’s 275th anniversary tour, which Intermusica brought to Europe and Asia.
Several Intermusica artists also featured in The Arts Desk’s round-up of the best concerts and opera performances. In the concert round-up, Mark Wigglesworth’s Prom with the BBC Philharmonic was highlighted thanks to a “miraculous” performance of Haydn Symphony No.99. Kian Soltani was highly praised for his performance of Strauss Don Quixote at the Southbank Centre with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, with The Arts Desk writing that it was “quite the most vivid” critic David Nice had heard live. Nice also cited HK Gruber for his performance as conductor and chansonnier in his Frankenstein!! at the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra’s composer festival.
In The Arts Desk’s opera round-up, Martyn Brabbins’ performance of Harrison Birtwistle’s The Last Supper with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra “kicked off the year in thoughtful, complex style”, while David Nice also gave special mention to Wallis Giunta, writing that she was the “young singer of the year in my books” for her performances in L'enfant et les sortileges and Trouble in Tahiti in Opera North's well-received Little Greats series of one-act operas. Giunta was also named 'Breakthrough Artist in UK Opera' in the WhatsOnStage Opera Poll.
Meanwhile, Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s new recording of Bach St Matthew Passion, made with the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, was chosen as one of Gramophone’s Critics’ Choice, as was Boris Giltburg’s account of Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 with Carlos Miguel Prieto and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Composer and music writer Robert Hugill picked John Wilson’s recording of Walton’s Façade as one of his top recordings of the year. Also featured were Sir James MacMillan’s “powerful” Stabat Mater and Martyn Brabbins’ latest entry in the Romantic Piano Concerto series for Hyperion, this time featuring the piano concertos of Roger Sacheverell Coke.
The Pavel Haas Quartet once again found great critical success with their latest CD, which featured Dvorák Piano and String Quintets and was made with Boris Giltburg and founder and former member Pavel Nikl. The album was chosen as one of the records of the year by the Boston Globe and WQXR.
Danielle de Niese and David Butt Philip join the London Symphony Orchestra & Sir Simon Rattle for Bernstein's Wonderful Town
Danielle de Niese and David Butt Philip join Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra for two semi-staged performances of Bernstein Wonderful Town on 16 and 21 December 2017. The performances are part of the LSO's celebrations marking Bernstein's centenary, and de Niese and Butt Philip take the roles of Eileen and Lonigan.
De Niese comes to this project fresh from her operatic debut in the southern hemisphere as Hanna Glawari Merry Widow with Opera Australia in Melbourne. She returns to Australia for further performances in Sydney, opening with a New Years’ Eve gala performance at the Sydney Opera House. Looking ahead, de Niese makes her role debut as Musetta La bohème at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as well as returning to Wiener Staatsoper for more performances of Don Pasquale.
Butt Philip has recently starred in the title role of Brett Dean's Hamlet for Glyndebourne on Tour, receiving outstanding reviews:
"It’s an exceptional, career-making achievement"
In the new year he returns to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as Narraboth in Salome, while further ahead he makes his company debut with Teatro Real as Robert Devereux in Sir David McVicar’s new production of Gloriana.
David Butt Philip sings Verdi Requiem with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
David Butt Philip joins the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko to perform Verdi Requiem on 19 November 2017. Butt Philip performs alongside an all-star cast of soloists that also includes Sir Bryn Terfel, Ekaterina Gubanova and Ainhoa Arteta.
Following Butt Philip’s recent acclaimed debut in the title role in Brett Dean’s Hamlet, upcoming operatic highlights include his house debut with Teatro Real as Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex in Sir David McVicar’s new production of Britten Gloriana, Falco in Mascagni’s Isabeau at Opera Holland Park and Narraboth Salome at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Butt Philip’s concert highlights this season include Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius with the Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder, Britten’s War Requiem with Opera Orchestra National Montpellier and Orquestra Sinfonica Portuguesa, Brett Dean’s From Melodious Lay with Vladimir Jurowski and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Prokofiev’s Seven, they are seven with the Philharmonia under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy. He also makes his role debut as in the title role of La damnation de Faust in a concert performance with the Orchestra of Opera North.
Brett Dean's Hamlet performed by Glyndebourne on Tour starring David Butt Philip & Rupert Enticknap
Brett Dean’s acclaimed Hamlet returns to the stage on the Glyndebourne Autumn Tour from 21 October 2017, with David Butt Philip in the title role and Rupert Enticknap as Rosencratz. Hamlet received its world premiere at Glyndebourne this summer to widespread critical acclaim, with the production heralded as "heart-wrenchingly beautiful", "reverent but mischievous" and "an ingenious deconstruction of Shakespeare":
“Dean’s skill at creating a supercharged orchestral subtext to each scene is matched by his immense theatricality. Quite apart from his unerring pacing of the story, he also creates at least a dozen moments where sheer sonority alone sends shivers up the spine… The overall impression is of a richly imaginative composer at the top of his game.”
Five stars, The Times
Neil Armfield returns as director, and Duncan Ward conducts the Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra. Hamlet opens on 21 October at Glyndebourne Opera House before touring to Canterbury, Norwich, Milton Keynes, Woking and Plymouth in November.
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.
Brett Dean's Hamlet receives world premiere at Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Brett Dean’s operatic setting of Hamlet receives its world premiere at Glyndebourne Festival Opera on 11 June 2017. Hamlet is an opera in two acts with a libretto by Matthew Jocelyn after William Shakespeare, and the production is directed by Neil Armfield and conducted by Vladimir Jurowski.
The cast for Hamlet includes three Intermusica artists, with David Butt Philip as Laertes, Jacques Imbrailo as Horatio and Rupert Enticknap as Rosencrantz. Also performing are Allan Clayton as Hamlet, Barbara Hannigan as Ophelia, Sarah Connolly as Gertrude and John Tomlinson as the Ghost of Old Hamlet.
Hamlet is commissioned by Glyndebourne Festival Opera and is the latest in a series of Dean's works to be inspired by the play, including String Quartet No.2 'And Once I Played Ophelia', From Melodious Lay (A Hamlet Diffraction) and Rooms of Elsinore. Speaking about taking on one of Shakespeare’s most enduring plays, Dean commented:
“I was attracted by the sheer wonder and beauty of the text and the endless theatrical – and to my mind, musical – possibilities of its characters and themes. Now emerging at the other end of the compositional process, I do think that the almost sacred nature and familiarity of the text may well have put composers off over the centuries, especially when contemplating Hamlet's über-famous soliloquy.”
Hamlet runs at Glyndebourne until 6 July before transferring to the Glyndebourne Autumn tour. The final performance on 6 July will be broadcast live to cinemas across the UK.
David Butt Philip sings Beethoven Symphony No.9 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
David Butt Philip joins the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall on 6 May 2017 to perform Beethoven Symphony No.9 under the baton of Kazushi Ono. Butt Philip performs alongside fellow soloists Justina Gringyte and Jihoon Kim. The concert is part of the Southbank Centre's Belief and Beyond Belief series.
Future highlights for Butt Philip this season include his debut at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, where he plays Laertes in the world premiere of Brett Dean Hamlet.
Intermusica at the 2017 BBC Proms
The BBC announced the line-up for the 2017 Proms on 20 April 2017, and as ever Intermusica artists and orchestras play a leading role in the festival. Every Prom is broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and on the BBC website, with select concerts broadcast on BBC television live or at a later date.
Simon Halsey’s Proms Youth Choir give the opening concert of the Proms on 14 July, performing John Adams Harmonium alongside the BBC Symphony Chorus and BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner.
Joshua Weilerstein makes his debut at the Proms on 19 July, conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra at 7.30pm the Royal Albert Hall. Weilerstein conducts a programme of Rebel Les élémens – le chaos, Berlioz Symphonie fantastique and Pascal Dusapin’s cello concerto Outscape, for which he is joined by his sister, cellist Alisa Weilerstein.
Nicholas Collon and his Aurora Orchestra return to the Proms to perform another symphony from memory at 7.30pm on 22 July. This time, they perform Beethoven Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’, preceded by an introduction from Tom Service accompanied by excerpts from Collon and the orchestra. The programme for the concert also includes Strauss Metamorphosen.
John Wilson makes the first of two appearances at this year’s Proms at 6.30pm on 25 July when he performs with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Wilson, the orchestra’s Associate Guest Conductor, leads the orchestra in a programme of Vaughan Williams Symphony No.9 and Holst The Planets.
Christopher Purves also makes two appearances at the Proms this year, with his first coming on 27 July. Purves joins Juanjo Mena, the BBC Philharmonic and the Crouch End Festival Chorus to perform the London premiere of Mark Simpson The Immortal, an oratorio inspired by Victorian séances.
Mark Wigglesworth is joined by pianist Stephen Hough and the BBC Philharmonic at 7.30pm on 29 July to perform Brahms Piano Concerto No.1, David Sawyer The Greatest Happiness on Earth and Haydn Symphony No.99.
Sir James MacMillan’s European Requiem receives its European premiere at the Proms at 7pm on 30 July from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and conductor Xian Zhang, with Jacques Imbrailo performing as the baritone soloist.
Sir John Eliot Gardiner returns to the Proms on 2 August with the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, this time for a late night Prom at the Royal Albert Hall at 10.15pm. Gardiner conducts his ensembles in a performance of cantatas by Bach and Schütz.
Sir John Eliot Gardiner makes his second Proms appearance of the year at 7.30pm on 8 August, this time conducting the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique in a performance of Berlioz La damnation du Faust.
Lise Davidsen makes her debut at the Proms at 7.30pm on 10 August with the BBC Philharmonic and John Storgårds. Davidsen joins the orchestra to perform Sibelius Luonnotar and extracts from Grieg Peer Gynt.
John Wilson’s second Proms appearance this year comes on 11 August when his John Wilson Orchestra returns for its annual concert. This year, Wilson leads the orchestra in two performances of Rogers & Hammerstein Oklahoma!, at 2pm and 7.30pm.
Christopher Purves joins the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle for a performance of Schoenberg Gurrelieder at 7.30pm on 19 August. Also performing are three of Simon Halsey’s choruses – City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Chorus and Orfeó Català. Halsey also leads a Gurrelieder Proms Extra Sing Day at London Imperial College earlier that day.
Tim Mead returns to the Proms alongside John Butt and the Dunedin Consort for the third concert of the Proms’ Reformation Day at 7.45pm on 20 August. Mead follows last year’s Bach Mass in B minor with Bach St John Passion, singing alongside a cast that also includes Sophie Bevan, Nicholas Mulroy, Matthew Brook and Andrew Tortise.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Beyond the Score® appears at the Proms at 7.30pm on 23 August, with a performance of Dvorák Symphony No.9 ‘From the New World’ given by the Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder alongside a multi-media exploration of the symphony directed by Beyond the Score founder Gerard McBurney.
Leonidas Kavakos reunites with Riccardo Chailly at 6.30pm on 25 August, as Intermusica bring the conductor and his Filarmonica della Scala to the Proms to perform Brahms and Respighi. Kavakos joins the orchestra for Brahms Violin Concerto, which is followed by Respighi Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome.
Joélle Harvey returns to the Proms as Glyndebourne’s production of Mozart La clemenza di Tito comes to the Royal Albert Hall at 7pm on 28 August. Harvey takes the role of Servilia, with accompaniment from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Robin Ticciati.
Intermusica is delighted to bring the Oslo Philharmonic and Vasily Petrenko to the Proms at 7.30pm on 29 August. Petrenko conducts the orchestra in an all-Russian programme of Stravinsky The Firebird (1919 version), Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.4 and Shostakovich Symphony No.12.
The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra bring an all-Mendelssohn programme to the Proms this year from 1pm on 3 September. Conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado, the orchestra perform Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture, Violin Concerto with Isabelle Faust and Symphony No.5
Ben Johnson joins Sakari Oramo, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and an international cast of soloists for the Last Night of the Proms on 9 September. The Last Night begins from 7.15pm and will be broadcast live on BBC Two, and Johnson sings Kodály Te Deum.
David Butt Philip makes his debut in the helden repertoire as Erik in Der fliegende Holländer
David Butt Philip makes his debut in the helden repertoire with Erik in Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer on 27 March 2017 at Opéra de Lille. The production is directed by Àlex Ollé in collaboration with La Fura dels Baus and Eivind Gullberg Jensen is conducting. He performs alongside Simon Neal (Der Holländer), Patrick Bolleire (Daland) and Catherine Naglestad (Senta).
David Butt Philip has established himself in recent years as one of the most exciting British tenors, having made remarkable debuts as Grigory in a new production of Boris Godunov at Royal Opera House, Laca Jenůfa and Luigi Il Tabarro both at Opera North and Rodolfo and Pinkerton at English National Opera.
On the concert platform this season he has sung Dream of Gerontius with the Hallé Orchestra and at the Musikverein Vienna, Froh Das Rheingold with the Hallé Orchestra, Beethoven Symphony No.9 with both the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo and London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, and Handel’s Messiah with the Mozart Festival Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall.
Other highlights this season include a return to Glyndebourne Festival Opera to sing Laertes in a new commission of Shakespeare’s Hamlet by composer and fellow Intermusica artist Brett Dean, and his US debut as Froh Das Rheingold at the Tanglewood Festival with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons. Further ahead he makes his debut with Teatro Real and returns to Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne and English National Opera. On the concert platform he appears at the Three Choirs Festival, BBC Proms, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Opera Orchestre National de Montpellier.
Sarah Tynan, Susan Bickley & David Butt Philip join the Hallé for Das Rheingold in concert
Sarah Tynan, Susan Bickley and David Butt Philip join Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé at Bridgewater Hall on 27 November 2016 for a concert performance of Wagner Das Rheingold. Tynan (Woglinde), Bickley (Fricka) and Butt Philip (Froh) perform alongside Iain Paterson as Wotan, Samuel Youn as Alberich and Emma Bell as Freia.
Sarah Tynan has recently been seen at Sadlers Wells in the Garsington Opera / Ballet Rambert staged co-production of Haydn Creation. She also sings Creation next month with the Bergen Philharmonic, and in the new year returns to English National Opera in the title role of Handel Partenope.
Bickley appeared at Glyndebourne this summer as Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, and has recently been seen at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Matron in Shostakovich The Nose, in the hugely successful new production by Barrie Kosky.
Butt Philip last performed with Sir Mark Elder in Opera Rara’s Semiramide at the BBC Proms in 2016. Last season he also debuted the role of Pinkerton in Anthony Minghella’s acclaimed production of Madame Production at English National Opera, and later this season sings the role of Erik in Wagner Der Fliegende Holländer in his debut at Opéra de Lille.
David Butt Philip returns to Opera North as Luigi in Il tabarro
David Butt Philip begins the month with a return to Opera North, where he sings the role of Luigi in Puccini Il tabarro from 1 October 2016. Under the baton of Jac Van Steen, Butt Philip performs amongst the Giselle Allen and Anne-Marie Owens. The production opens at the Leeds Grand Theatre with performances on 8, 14, 20 and 26 October and further performances on 4 November (Theatre Royal Newcastle), 11 November (The Lowry Salford Quays), 18 November (Theatre Royal Nottingham) and 30 November and 2 December (Edinburgh Festival Theatre).
Butt Philip previously performed with Opera North a year ago in his company debut as Laca in Jenufa.
“David Butt Philip’s powerhouse tenor dominated the stage in the role of Laca, a character to which he brought a fine sense of youthful obsession.”
Bachtrack, October 2015
During his tour with Opera North, Butt Philip can also be heard in a variety of concerts, including the Samling 20th Anniversary Showcase at Wigmore Hall, The Last Night of the Autumn Proms at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, and a concert performance of the first instalment of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Das Rheingold, also at Bridgewater Hall.
Vlada Borovko & David Butt Philip make their BBC Proms debut with Rebecca de Pont Davies in Boris Godunov
Vlada Borovko and David Butt Philip make their BBC Proms debut, and Rebecca de Pont reprises her role as the Innkeeper, on 16 July with a concert version of Mussorsgy Boris Godunov from the Royal Opera House. The cast led by Bryn Terfel in the title role is conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano. Listen to the concert live on BBC Radio 3 from 7pm.
Vlada Borovko, who is a member of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme, reprises the role of Xenia, Boris’s daughter:
Vlada Borovko impresses as Boris's unhappy daughter Xenia."
Sunday Express, March 2016
“And, in the Tsar’s apartments – where a map marks Russia’s territories in red, as if the land is bathed in blood – sweet-toned relief is offered by Xenia (Vlada Borovko), who laments the death of her fiancé, and her Nurse (Sarah Pring), who tries to console her.”
Opera Today, March 2016
“Jette Parker Youth Artist Vlada Borovko was heartbreakingly beautiful as Xenia, Boris’ daughter. She sang with a clear, powerful sound that fit this masculine opera.”
Schmopera, March 2016
David Butt Philip, himself an alumnus of the programme, returns to the role of Grigory, having recently finished a triumphant run of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly at English National Opera:
“The main musical attraction of this revival is the chance to hear young British tenor David Butt Philip making his role debut as Pinkerton... it’s one of the best-sung Pinkertons we’ve heard yet in this production, the voice even and lovely from bottom to top (and what a top it is in this piece) and phrasing consistently sensitive and musical.”
Arts Desk, May 2016
“David Butt Philip’s strikingly well sung Grigory”
Guardian, March 2016
“David Butt Philip, ringingly clear of tone and diction”
Arts Desk, March 2016
Rebecca de Pont Davies returns to the Proms following her critically acclaimed portrayal as Auntie Peter Grimes in 2012:
“…superbly characterised… Rebecca de Pont Davies's androgynous brothel madam Auntie”
Guardian, August 2012
Upcoming highlights for De Pont Davies include debuts at the Opera National du Rhin as Mrs Grose in Robert Carsen’s new production of The Turn of the Screw and at the Teatro Regio di Torino as Kabanicha Káťa Kabanová.
David Butt Philip joins Intermusica for worldwide management
Intermusica is delighted to welcome British tenor David Butt Philip for worldwide management.
A former Jette Parker Young Artist, David Butt Philip made his debut at English National Opera in 2014 as Rodolfo La bohème, which was met with unanimous critical acclaim:
“It’s an impressively complete performance: his Rodolfo is likable and unassuming on stage, but when he sings he unleashes a warm, easy-sounding tenor voice with plenty of heft and ping at the top. His first aria hymns Mimi’s little frozen hands in impeccable Italianate style.”
This season he made his role debuts as Laca Jenufa with Opera North and Grigory in the new production of Boris Godunov at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, which will also be presented at the BBC Proms in July this year.
Next season he makes his debuts at Luigi Il Tabarro with Opera North and Cavaradossi Tosca. Further role debuts includes Essex Gloriana, Narraboth Salome and Froh Das Rheingold and in the future he will continue his exploration of the dramatic Slavic and German repertoire.
On the concert platform his appearances include Mahler Das klagende Lied with Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Rossini Petite messe solenelle at the Barbican, Haydn Nelson Mass with the Hallé under Sir Mark Elder, Britten Folk Songs with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra and Elgar The Dream of Gerontius with the Halle and Sir Mark Elder.
Butt Philip currently sings the role of Pinkerton Madam Butterfly with English National Opera. For more details on the dates and production click here.