Just arrived home to find a little present waiting for me. New CD of Honegger Le Roi David, with conductor Daniel Reuss, ensemble vocal de Lausanne and orchestre de la Suisse romande.
8 concerts done, 8 cities, 3 countries and a load of travelling. Passion time is always crazily busy, but this one was spent with exceptional people, everyone always so positive and eager to sing/play their hearts out in the concert. I won't forget this tour for a long time, so thank you to the orchestra, choir and my fellow soloists.
Heres a little post concert photo from the final concert last night.
So our tour of Bach Johannes Passion is in full flow. This evening Rotterdam, two nights ago Essen and tomorrow Gdansk. Lovely project to be a part of with cracking colleagues!
Heres a short review from Essen.
So tonight, Mozart Requiem, and Solemn Vespers in Oslo cathedral as part of the Church music festival with Dunedin Consort.
First time performing the choruses and solos for these pieces, but it's always great to feel part of the complete picture.
Increasingly groups do small forces performances, where to soloists sing the chorus too, and I really enjoy it.
Oslo is showing us her best today, glorious spring sunshine, and the possibility of northern lights tonight!
So our ulisse comes to a close this evening in Vienna. It's been a marvellous time with great colleagues!
Il Ritorno di Ulisse in Patria
Theater an der Wien • Vienna
Ulisse : Stéphane Degout
Penelope : Katarina Bradić
Telemaco/Giove : Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani
Iro: Jörg Schneider
Eurimaco : Pierre Derhet
Eumete : Thomas Walker
Pisandro : Mark Milhofer
Anfinomo : Johannes Chum
Antinoo : Marcos Fink
Minerva/Umana Fragilita : Marie-Claude Chappuis
Melanto/Ericlea/Fortuna : Mary-Ellen Nesi
Amore/Giunone : Mirella Hagen
Nettuno : Jérôme Varnier
Conductor : René Jacobs
Collaborateur artistique : Damien Chardonnet-Darmaillacq
This afternoon is performance 3 in Amsterdam Concertgebouw of Il ritorno d'ulisse, then onward to cologne straight after the concert.
Tonight is the first performance of our semi staged ritorno d'ulisse in patria. It's been an intense couple of weeks rehearsal, and here's hoping for a great show for everyone tonight.
So, we all need time to learn our music, and I'm lucky enough to have most of February at home, apart from a short trip to Lausanne, to learn all my music for the next few months. Then it's march - October on the road.
Haydn : Sieben letze Worte for Ensemble vocale Lausanne
Monteverdi : ulisse with B-Rock
Bach : johannes passion on tour with Orch18thcent
mozart : requiem with Dunedin consort
Rameau : Zoroastre for Komische Oper Berlin
Mozart : Zauberflöte for theatre an Der Wien Vienna
lots of lovely concerts ahead, and several humongous suitcases!
En route to Stuttgart once more for three performances of Purcell Fairy Queen. Sadly, due to an injury on my right arm I am unable to take part in the staged production, but am pleased to still be taking part in some way, and singing the role from the side. Of course it's not ideal for anyone, but unavoidable. Having spent an unexpected evening in CDG airport due to fog, it's a very long day ahead, with next to no sleep. Today I'll be powered by caffeine and ibuprofen, it's all the rage I hear! 😜
A great week spent in Saint Paul Minnesota. . Revisiting a well known work with colleagues old and new, for me, the 'messiah' never gets old, it's a brilliant piece! our maestro, paul mcressh took us through it in record time with loads of energy., I think we shaved 10 minutes off performance two! That's some serious coloratura !
I wont forget my time in Minnesota anytime soon. Wonderfully welcoming people in USA, and a fab group of musicians. 😃
Currently passing over Greenland en route to Saint Paul Minnesota, the miracles of wifi at several thousand feet! Very much looking forward to Handel Messiah with the Saint Paul chamber orchestra, then on to Tenerife for another messiah, and then a return to Stuttgart opera for performances of Purcell Fairy Queen. 😃
Today is mostly filled with this gem of a work. It's been a while since I sang this high lying,haute-contre type role, and gosh it's seriously high! Especially with a modern orchestra. I've been singing broader roles of late, so it's good to come back to this.
Vocal variety i think is important for me, it helps to keep my voice in good shape. With all the different repertoire I have to work at my technique, which is no bad thing, also looking at the production I'm in a dress and heels, so immediate crash diet, which is also no bad thing.
performances in January 2017 with Oper Stuttgart
Yesterday I was tweeted a link to our Beethoven Missa Solemnis concert in Utrecht, but not only the radio link, but a video. So here it is for those interested.
A radio broadcast on Friday 21st October at 20.00 of our recent performance at Utrecht Vredenburg of Beethovens Missa Solemnis with Orchestra 18th Centuary, Capella Amsterdam, soprano Carolyn Sampson, Alto Marriane Beate Kielland, Bass David Wilson Johnson and yours truly on tenor, all conducted by Daniel Reuss.
Now enjoying a little break in sunny Seville after a fantastic tour with this lovely bunch, and of course Capella Amsterdam, Orchestra 18thCent and Daniel Reuss. Very early start this morning to get here, but now enjoying my first glass of cava of the holiday! Long may it continue. Life is full of contrasts, lucky me.