The new season starts extremely well for the vocal department at Hazard Chase – here is a brief spotlight on a few successes to date.
William Dazeley & Alastair Miles star as Don Giovanni and Leporello in the Opera North production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni directed by Alessandro Talevi.
“ Dressing him as an upper-class dandy, Talevi has replaced the dark and sinister aspects of the Don who he presents as a suave and human person on the lookout for women. It is a role so visually ideal for the smooth and elegant vocal qualities of William Dazeley …”
The Yorkshire Post, David Denton (5 Oct 2012)
“ The interplay between William Dazeley’s Don Giovanni and Alastair Miles’s Leporello, all rictus grins and synchronised swinging of canes, has the fluency of a music-hall double act .”
The Guardian, Alfred Hickling (8 Oct 2012)
“ William Dazeley’s suave, cynical Giovanni pursues a double act with Alastair Miles’ lugubrious Leporello, who is often literally in the spotlight .”
The Stage, George Hall (8 Oct 2012)
” The two outstanding performances come from Claire Wild as a very positive, clear-eyes Zerlina, and from Alastair Miles as Leporello. This is one of the great comic roles, and he plays it to perfection. You will not see a better Leporello anytime soon.”
The Independent, Anthony Arblaster (19 Oct 2012)
William Dazeley can also be seen this season as Eisenstein Die Fledermaus at the Bolshoi in Moscow, and Alastair Miles will be appearing as Pogner Die Meistersinger at Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam.
Judith Howarth returned to Helsinki and made a hugely successful debut in the role of Elisabetta in Verdi’s Don Carlo with Finnish National Opera on 19th October. Further performances on 27 and 30 October, 29 November, 1 and 4 December 2012.
In Spring’13 Judith will return to WNO to repeat her performances in the title role of Madama Butterfly as well as taking the role of Elisabetta in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda in the new WNO production in Autumn’13.
Giselle Allen & David Kempster are currently singing Mimi and Marcello in the WNO production of La Boheme . Further performances planned on 25, 27 and 31 October, 2, 3, 8, 10, 21, 23, 24, 29 November and 1 December 2012.
” Giselle Allen’s Mimi was no delicate damsel in distress, but edgy, feisty and handsome, confident in her movements rather than submissive. The contradictions in her character, her flirtatious restlessness, come more into focus with a temperament not content to be defined. Lulu-like, by those who love her…Allen’s Mimi was matched and balanced by David Kempster’s warmly focused Marcello: and older, wiser man, able to guide his younger friends, but torn apart by his own emotions”
Peter Reynolds, Opera Now (Nov 2012)
” David Kempster as Marcello was vocally outstanding, what a tower of strength he has been for WNO in recent years. His imposing physical stature gives him advantages, but it is his capacity in creating a character and singing with exemplary tonal variety and colour that sets him out in this production ”
Robert J Farr, Seen & Heard (Oct 2012)
” David Kempster’s robust Marcello…anchors the entire performance…Giselle Allen’s touching Mimì displays all the right qualities, her warm soprano contrasting effectively with that of Kate Valentine’s feisty Musetta.”
John Allison, The Telegraph (24 October 2012)
Giselle can also be heard in her role debut as Senta Der fliegende Holländer for NI Opera in Belfast and David Kempster returns to Opera North for Iago Otello. Giselle & David will appear together as Ellen Orford and Balstrode in Aldeburgh’s new production of Peter Grimes in summer 2013.
James Creswell is currently receiving excellent reviews in the role of Mephistopheles in the Opera North production of Gounod’s Faust .
“James Creswell’s greasy, ponytailed Mephisto is the commanding figure, vocally and histrionically on stage”
The Sunday Times, Hugh Canning (21 Oct 2012)
“James Creswell’s outstanding Mephistopheles, electrifying and in herculean voice, had the right degree of villainy, smarm and charm”
The Observer, Fiona Maddocks (21 Oct 2012)
Further performances on 3, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23 November 2012. James can also currently be heard as Kolenaty in Opera North’s The Makropulos Case with performances on 2, 8, 15 and 22 November 2012.
Forthcoming engagements include Daland Der fliegende Holländer for Los Angeles Opera, King Aida in a concert performance conducted by James Conlon at the Ravinia Festival and Sarastro Die Zauberflöte and Rocco Fidelio for English National Opera.