It’s been too long since I updated this, so here are a few announcements!
This Autumn I’m excited to be taking part in the London premiere of Biedermann and the Arsonists, an opera by Šimon Voseček based on the play by Max Frisch. It’s being staged by Max Hoehn for Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells, in a new translation by David Pountney.
In October, I will perform early Strauss songs and songs by his contemporaries at the Leeds Lieder Festival, with the pianist Joseph Middleton. Starting with Strauss’ very first Lied, which he wrote at the age of six, we will explore his output via his Gedichte aus ‘Letzte Blätter’ through to the Opus 15 set (including the beautiful Heimkehr), in the context of songs by Mahler, Pfitzner and Ludwig Thuille, one of Strauss’ closest friends.
In November, I am delighted to return to Magdeburg for a revival of Philip Glass’ 2014 opera The Trial. Following soon after the initial run earlier this spring, these performances will be a great opportunity for us to continue developing our understanding of this extraordinary show, but with the benefit of a short break for reflection.
In the new year, I look forward to joining up with Scottish Opera for their Highlights Tour, which will be four singers and a pianist in a minibus travelling to perform arias and ensembles away from the major cities. ‘100 green bottles’ will be my warm-up of choice.
Later in the spring, I will return to Dijon to sing the role of the Traveller in Britten’s Curlew River. This is one of my favourite pieces, and I have very happy memories of performing it in 2011 in the RAM production by John Ramster. I can’t wait to revisit its haunting soundworld.
Between rehearsals for Curlew River, I will make my professional Wigmore Hall debut with James Bailieu, in a programme that I chose with complete self-indulgence: Schumann’s Opus 24 Liederkreis, songs by Judith Weir, and Ravel’s Histoires Naturelles. I’ll be singing most of the music for the first time, and I hope that these songs will be a constant presence throughout my career.