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Recital at the Almeida with Early Opera Company

Throughout history, the story of Medea has fascinated composers, never more so than in France in the 17th and 18th centuries. I’m delighted to be joining the acclaimed Olivier Award-nominated Early Opera Company and Christian Curnyn for Bernier’s cantata Médée and excerpts from Charpentier’s magnificent opera of the same name at the Almeida Theatre on 4th October. More details can be found here

World premiere recording of J. C. Pepusch’s Venus and Adonis (1715) this June for the wonderful Ramée label.

Thrilled to be singing the role of Venus in the world premiere recording of J. C. Pepusch’s Venus and Adonis (1715) with The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen and Pippa Hyde (Adonis) and Richard Edgar-Wilson (Mars) this June for the Ramée label. This is a two-act English masque in the Italian style that would be the model for Handel’s Acis and Galatea. The work culminates in a dramatic fury scene for Venus. The earliest English opera with a complete set of original performing parts, it was composed as showpiece for two of the biggest stars of the London stage in the early eighteenth century, Margherita de l’Epine and Jane Barbier.. More details to follow… The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen

Early Opera Company in York

I’m delighted to join Christian Curnyn and The Early Opera Company in Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas (2nd Woman) and Charpentier’s Actéon (Aréthuse) at the York Early Music Festival on 5th July. An outstanding team of singers and musicians, this promises to be a wonderful evening. York Early Music Festival

Agrippina – Iford

So pleased to return to Iford again this summer to play the evil Nerone in Handel’s Agrippina with Christopher Bucknall at the helm and Bruno Ravella directing. An amazing team of singers, musicians and creatives – can’t wait! Iford Arts

Betrayal – I Fagiolini

So excited to join an extraordinary team of singers and dancers for I Fagiolini’s latest project, staging music by Gesualdo for the Barbican, the Salisbury Festival and in Cambridge, directed by John La Bouchardière who devised the project with the creative genius Robert Hollingworth as musical director. The story is top secret, but if music rehearsals are anything to go by, it’s going to be a fantastic show. London shows are almost sold out so book fast! Details below Betrayal

London English Song Festival

Thrilled to be performing with William Vann in a recital of Vaughan Williams at 7.30pm on 9th Tuesday at St George’s Hanover Square. Do join us for an evening of beautiful music! London English Song Festival Book here

Handel Festival – Arcadian Dream

Last week I was delighted to jump-in for the Handel Festival to join the wonderful Laurence Cummings, Susanna Fairbairn, Maria Valdmaa, Timothy Nelson, Andrew Skidmore and Elizabeth Kenny for a sublime evening of Handel’s most extraordinary cantatas for The Arcadian Dream. A beautiful evening of music-making with an amazing team, thank you!

The premiere of David Wallace’s opera Lucy (Dancing in the Dark) – 10th October

I’m delighted to be joining a wonderful team of singers and musicians, performing the title role in the premiere of David Wallace’s wonderful new opera, Lucy (Dancing in the Dark). It’s a love story set in rural Ireland with music of sublime beauty and devastating power. The evening will begin with songs by Schubert and arias by Mozart, including Parto, parto from La Clemenza di Tito and Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock, with the one act opera in the second half. It should be a great evening so please join us if you can. Friday 10th October, 7.30pm and St Paul’s Church, Rectory Grove, Clapham Tickets are just £12 (£9 concessions) and are available through Clapham Chamber Concerts and you can find more information on David and his music on his website.

Oxford Lieder Recital – Schubert

Very excited about our Oxford Lieder Recital on 15th October. Maciek O’Shea, Sholto Kynoch and I will be performing some of Schubert’s gems, all song settings of poetry written by his friends. Our preview concert at the Forge in Camden was a great success, so please come and enjoy these wonderful songs. Magical Monday offer – if you book today, all lunchtime concerts are just £10, including not only ours, but performances by Kate Royal and Malcolm Martineau, to name but a few.

Recording of Daniel Purcell’s Judgement of Paris

This September, I’ll join Julian Perkins and Spiritato for a recording of this little known work by Henry Purcell’s younger brother Daniel. Written in 1701, it was one of the first operas to be performed in London and thanks to a new edition by William Russell we are able to bring this forgotten masterpiece back to life. The music is glorious and we hope this work will shed new light on an exciting and inventive composer working at a time of great musical and social change. For more details check the Spiritato and Resonus Classics websites