SIR JOHN TOMLINSON
John Tomlinson was born in Lancashire. He gained a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering at Manchester University before winning a scholarship to the Royal Manchester College of Music. He was awarded a C.B.E. in 1997 and knighted in the QueenÔÇÖs Birthday Honours of 2005. He was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award for Singer in 1991, 1998 and 2007 and in 2014 their Gold Medal.
John TomlinsonÔÇÖs engagements include performances at La Scala, Milan, Rome, Barcelona, Geneva, Lisbon, Metropolitan Opera, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Tokyo, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin (Deutsche Oper and Deutsche Staatsoper), Dresden, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna, Antwerp, and Bilbao and the Festivals of Bayreuth (where he sang for eighteen consecutive seasons), Orange, Aix-en-Provence, Salzburg, Edinburgh and the Maggio Musicale, Florence. He has sung regularly with English National Opera since 1974 and with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, since 1977 and has also appeared with all the other leading British opera companies. His repertoire includes Wotan DAS RHEINGOLD and DIE WALK├£RE, Wanderer SIEGFRIED, Hagen G├ûTTERD├äMMERUNG,┬á Titurel and Gurnemanz PARSIFAL, King Marke TRISTAN UND ISOLDE, Heinrich LOHENGRIN, Hans Sachs DIE MEISTERSINGER VON N├£RNBERG, Landgraf TANNH├äUSER, title role ZAUBERFL├ûTE, and Daland FLIEGENDE HOLL├äNDER, Baron Ochs DER ROSENKAVALIER, Sarastro DIE Boromeo PALESTRINA, Orestes ELEKTRA, Moses MOSES UND ARON, Green Knight in the world premiere of Harrison BirtwistleÔÇÖs GAWAIN, Claggart BILLY BUDD, Doctor WOZZECK, Rocco FIDELIO, King Philip and Grand Inquisitor DON CARLOS, Leporello and Commendatore DON GIOVANNI, Lindorf, Coppelius, Dr Miracle and Dapertutto LES CONTES DÔÇÖHOFFMANN, Golaud and Arkel PELL├ëAS ET M├ëLISANDE, Boris Timofeyevich Ismailov LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK, title role, Pimen and Varlaam BORIS GODUNOV, Ivan Susanin A LIFE FOR A TSAR, Fiesco SIMON BOCCANEGRA, Dosifey KHOVANSHCHINA, The General THE GAMBLER and Thomas ├á Becket MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL and title roles in┬á BLUEBEARDÔÇÖS CASTLE, OBERTO, MOSE IN EGITTO, and the world premieres of BirtwistleÔÇÖs THE MINOTAUR and Brett DeanÔÇÖs LAST DAYS OF SOCRATES.
John Tomlinson has a large concert repertoire and has sung with all the leading British orchestras and in Germany, Italy, Belgium, Holland, France, Spain, Denmark and the U.S.A. He has made many recordings including Wotan, Wanderer, Hagen, Hans Sachs, Titurel, Don Alfonso COS├î FAN TUTTE, Leporello, and title roles LE NOZZE DI FIGARO and BLUEBEARDÔÇÖS CASTLE, Beethoven CHORAL SYMPHONY, MESSIAH, ACIS AND GALATEA and the Verdi REQUIEM. Videos include MARIA STUARDA, PETER GRIMES, GIULIO CESARE, RIGOLETTO, DAS RHEINGOLD, DIE WALK├£RE, SIEGFRIED and THE MINOTAUR.
Engagements in 2016 include Varlaam BORIS GODUNOV, Tiresius OEDIPUS and Ivan Yaklovlevich, Khosrev-Mirza, Newspaper Clerk and Doctor THE NOSE for Royal Opera, Covent Garden and Doctor Charles Conde in the world premiere of Thomas AdesÔÇÖ EXTERMINATING ANGEL at Salzburg Festival, as well as concerts including Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Berliner Philharmoniker and at Wigmore Hall. Future performances include further engagements for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, English National Opera, Metropolitan Opera and Glyndebourne Festival.
DAME ANNE EVANS
Anne Evans, established as one of BritainÔÇÖs most internationally successful singers, has appeared in opera and concert is most of the worldÔÇÖs major musical centres. She sang Br├╝nnhilde at the Bayreuth Festival with Daniel Barenboim from 1989 to 1992, performances which are available on CD and video released by Teldec. She also sang this role to great critical acclaim in Berlin, Vienna, Paris, Covent Garden, Buenos Aires, Nice, Welsh National Opera, in concert with the Cleveland Orchestra and Christoph von Dohnanyi, and in semi-staged performances at the Royal Albert Hall in London with Bernard Haitink.
Anne Evans, a celebrated Isolde, sang the role in Berlin, Paris, Dresden, Brussels, for Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera, and at the Ravello Festival.┬á Her performances of Leonore FIDELIO included the Metropolitan Opera New York, the Edinburgh Festival, and Stuttgart, and other notable engagements have included Sieglinde (San Francisco), Elisabeth TANNH├äUSER at the Metropolitan New York, the Marschallin DER ROSENKAVALIER in a new production for English National Opera, Ariadne ARIADNE AUF NAXOS at the Edinburgh Festival, Governess THE TURN OF THE SCREW at La Monnaie in Brussels (released on CD), and Madame Lidoine DIALOGUES DES CARM├ëLITES at Glimmerglass.
In the concert hall she has sung with many of the worldÔÇÖs leading conductors and has given recitals at the Wigmore Hall and the Edinburgh Festival.┬á In August 2003 she sang excerpts from Der Rosenkavalier with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sir Charles Mackerras at the BBC Proms in what was to be her farewell public appearance. Anne Evans was made a Dame of the British Empire in June 2000.
MALCOLM RIVERS – Artistic Director
Born in Suffolk in 1937. Evacuated to Leicester in 1940 and educated at the┬áAlderman NewtonÔÇÖs Grammar school. Leicester Cathedral chorister until three┬áyears service in the Royal Air Force from 1954 intervened. Salisbury Cathedral┬áchorister during RAF service. Professionally trained at the Royal College of┬áMusic as a scholar where he performed three times as soloist for the Queen┬áMother and from where he was offered a scholarship for further studies at the┬áRoyal Opera House by Sir David Webster. During this time he also performed at┬áthe Royal Albert Hall as soloist under Sir Malcolm Sargent .
Following his success in Vienna as Macheath in a television film of John GayÔÇÖs┬áÔÇ£A Beggars OperaÔÇØ he was acclaimed the English Fischer-Dieskau and offered a┬ácontract at the Royal Shakespeare Company to appear in the same work at The┬áAldwych, in addition to the Chester Miracle Plays alongside Dorothy Tutin,┬áVirginia Mckenna, Elizabeth Spriggs, Diana Rigg, Doris Hare, Michael Williams,┬áIan Richardson and Derek Godfrey.
It was during this period that he was invited to audition to Benjamin Britten┬áand subsequently was invited to join BrittensÔÇÖ English Opera Group at┬áAldeburgh performing under the auspices of the Royal Opera House. Britten roles of that period included Collatinus, Theseus, The Traveller, The Ferryman,┬áThe Astrologer and The Elder Brother, which was written for him. Many┬ápremieres of other works were performed at the Jubilee Hall and included┬áWaltonÔÇÖs The Bear, BerkeleyÔÇÖs The Castaway, and CrosseÔÇÖs Grace of Todd.
Later┬áin his career Malcolm also performed other Britten roles such as Mr. Flint in┬áBilly Budd in Barcelona and Tel Aviv and Mountjoy in Gloriana at The English┬áNational Opera, where Malcolm served a tenure of 20 years as a contract artist┬áand as a guest.
Roles at ENO included, most notably, Alberich in the Goodall Ring Cycles,┬áEscamillo, Caspar, Graf Lysiart, Alfio, Telramund, Kayama Yesaemon, Pizarro,┬áScarpia, Mazeppa, Budivoj, Albert, Dolochov, the Father in the Bartered Bride,┬áDi Candia, Klingsor, Kothner and Melot, mostly under the baton of Sir Charles┬áMackerras, Sir Reginald Goodall and Sir Mark Elder.
Guest appearances at the Royal Opera House were as Alberich (Maestro┬áHaitink), Antenor (Troilus and Cressida), Sid (Fanciulla with Domingo and┬áZubin Mehta), and Geisterbote in Frau ohne Schatten. Both Fanciulla and┬áTroilus were international recordings for Deutsche Grammophon and EMI.
Throughout this very productive period of his career Malcolm also served for┬áten years in the very first West Coast Ring Cycles in the USA as Alberich under┬áthe great George LondonÔÇÖs direction in Seattle to huge acclaim and later for a┬áfurther five years at Arizona Opera in the same role. Other USA appearances┬áwere as Scarpia with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Alfie Dolittle in Portland,┬áOmaha and Houston, Dolokhov in War and Peace at The Metropolitan Opera┬áNY, The Pirate King and Pooh Bah in Orange County, Germont Pere in┬áSeattle, and Mountjoy in New Orleans.
European Opera houses where he has sung major roles including Alberich and┬áPizarro are: Barcelona, Marseille, Rouen, Paris, Teatro San Carlo Napoli, La┬áFenice Venice, Florence, Tel Aviv, St. Gallen, Basle, Bergen, Drottningholm,┬áTrondheim, Vienna and Osnabruck.
Malcolm has also spent considerable time in West End Theatres in Musical┬áTheatre and Gilbert and Sullivan. In particular two years at the Savoy as the┬áPirate King, Pooh Booh and The Mikado for D’Oyly Carte Opera in additon to M.┬áFirmin in The Phantom of the Opera, Mr. Molokov in AbbaÔÇÖs musical CHESS,┬áAlfie Dolittle in My Fair Lady and The Judge in Sweeney Todd at Sadler’s Wells┬áfor Opera North ,for whom he has also sung major roles in Leeds and on tour┬áincluding Caspar and Favel in Rebecca .
Major recordings: Pacific Overtures (Sondheim, ENO), Pirates of Penzance, The┬áMikado (D’Oyly carte), Fanciulla del West (ROH Mehta), Otello (Elder, ENO), Troilus and Cressida (ROH, Foster), Burning Fiery Furnace (Britten, EMI), Iernin (George Lloyd, BBC), John Socman (George Lloyd, BBC). DVDs: Billy Budd,┬áRigoletto, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Otello.
David Edwards is a freelance director, writer and presenter. He was born in London and graduated in Classics from Cambridge University. David has directed opera around the world: in San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, Portland, Houston, Minneapolis, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, London (where he staged ten revivals for The Royal Opera), Milan, Vienna, Singapore and regularly in Tokyo at the New National Theatre where he taught on the Young ArtistsÔÇÖ program for over a decade. This year David has directed P├ëLLEAS ET M├ëLISANDE with the LA Philharmonic and FAITH ÔÇô StravinskyÔÇÖs late religious music with the Philharmonia, both conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, A MIDSUMMER NIGHTÔÇÖS DREAM (Mendelssohn/Shakespeare) in Middle Temple Hall, CARMEN for the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and TOSCA at Chiswick House, London. Recent projects have included IL PRIGIONIERO (Dallapiccola), DIE WALK├£RE (Act 3), P├ëLLEAS ET M├ëLISANDE and BORIS GODUNOV (scenes) with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the RFH, London; FIDELIO, RIGOLETTO and THE MERRY WIDOW in Singapore, TOSCA, LA TRAVIATA and LES CONTES dÔÇÖHOFFMANN for Diva Opera touring the U.K. and Europe, CURLEW RIVER in Japan, DIE ZAUBERFL├ûTE and RousselÔÇÖs PADMAVATI in Bordeaux, DIALOGUES DES CARM├ëLITES and A MIDSUMMER NIGHTÔÇÖS DREAM (Britten) in Portland, LA RONDINE with Oberlin in Italy, DAS RHEINGOLD and DIE WALK├£RE for Secret Opera and Edward LambertÔÇÖs THE CATFISH CONUNDRUM and OPERA WITH A TITLE for the T├¬te-a-T├¬te Festival of new opera in London. David was Artistic Director of INSIDE THE RING, a series of special events that ran concurrently with Longborough Festival OperaÔÇÖs RING cycle, in summer 2013 and at Aldeburgh in 2014 he curated a weekend of events entitled APRES LE D├ëLUGE on the theme of early 20th century music and art. His original scripts have been performed in London, Aldeburgh, Eastbourne and Presteigne (Wagner & Berlioz, Verdi in Venice, Wagner, Britten & the Sea, From Bayreuth to Busseto, Verdi’s Singers on Record, VerdiÔÇÖs Trills, Wagner in Exile, Nolan and the Stage, WagnerÔÇÖs Elements, Breaking The Ring, An Operatic Bestiary, Wagner and the Dream King, Bayreuth or Bust, Gluck at 300, Time Becomes Space ÔÇô Act 3 of Parsifal, Gustav Mahler and opera staging). David has been Production Director for Mastersingers since 2004.