We announced our auditions for Fledermaus today. Tuesday 10th March 2009. All roles to be cast. Quite a daunting prospect as I am a singer myself and am not overly fond of the audition process but until somebody comes up with a better way to choose a cast we are stuck with it. More info can be found here: http://londonlyricopera.googlepages.com/diefledermausauditionannouncement
Looking forward to seeing this develop. It is always a journey...never the same as the last.
To date LLO have produced Passion of Puccini at Leighton House in June 08, Cycles at Cadogan Hall in September 08, The flying Dutchman at the Barbican conducted by Lionel Friend with the RPO in November 08 and now Fidelio.
The hardest thing to adjust to is the period of quiet after each project. The amount of work to create such events is staggering but the actual concert is about 2-3 hours long. Moving forward is the answer so the preparations for Fledermaus have begun in earnest. Delighted to say that Amex Centurion card are using our June Fledermaus asan event for their card holders which is fabulous news for us. Violetta Tosic, LLO Company Manager ( actually she wears many more hats. PR, Event Mangager, Artistic Admin, Corporate Strategy etc.) and I had a meeting today with the Front of House Manager at Cadogan Hall, Walter Morrison and David Haigh, Assistant FOH to wrap up Fidelio and to discuss out plans for Fledermaus. This will be our 3rd event at Cadogan Hall and the assistance they provide is very hard to beat. I don't think we could do this without such solid support. The Amex event is going to be superb.
We received the pics from the Vernon Ellis event at 49 Queens Gate Terrace on the 12th Feb and I have posted a few here. Terrific night. Fabulous food from Baker and Spice and a lovely selection of fine wines, including a wine tasting, from Novum Wines capped it off. I think the blending of Music, Food and Wine was a real hit so we will definitely follow that format again. Look out for the Die Fledermaus event in June
Soloists Andrew Staples, Sarah Redgwick (who jumped in for Rachel Nicholls), Richard Wiegold, Nicky Spence, myself and the Philharmonia Chorus gave our audience a short sample of the opera with an incredibly concise explanation by Madeleine Lovell. Paul Webster played the Ellis' beautiful Steinway. Hazel Ellis hosted the evening and fortunately Vernon was able to come. I gave a rambling talk at the end but thankfully Martin MacConnell, Wardour's CEO gave a much more polished performance.
For my first attempt at a blog I couldn't think of a better way to begin but to thank the Cast who were galvanised by Elizabeth Connell's stunning Leonore,our wonderful guest Conductor, Madeleine Lovell; our first class orchestra the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonia Chorus and Queens' College Chapel Choir who gave such a brilliant performance on Tuesday night. We were all delighted to see such a fantastic audience. A full house is always inspiring for the performers so we all want to thank those who braved a cold Winters night to come to Cadogan Hall.
Illustration, Sam Weber;Design, Wardour
Reviews have started appearing and once again we are thrilled to see such positive comments from the press.
London Lyric Opera was created in 2008 and has produced a diverse range of concerts including: Song Cycles with orchestra; a tribute to the beautiful music of Puccini entitled The Passion of Puccini; three classic operas, Fidelio and Die Fledermaus at Cadogan Hall and The flying Dutchman at the Barbican plus smaller boutique events in various London recital venues.
We have been lucky to work with a host of hugely talented singers, performers and conductors. Dramatic soprano, Elizabeth Connell, thrilled our sold out Cadogan Hall audience with her emotionally-charged Leonore in Fidelio, while Gweneth-Ann Jeffers’ glorious Senta touched the hearts of all who heard this remarkable debut at the Barbican.
Our performances of Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss II with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonia Chorus, conducted by Madeleine Lovell, featured a special guest appearance by critically acclaimed concert pianist Leslie Howard, whose virtuoso playing of a typically devilish piece by Liszt displayed all the flair for which he is justly famous.