News and reviews
simonkeenlyside.info reports: "The eagerly anticipated Operetta CD by Simon [Keenlyside] and Angelika Kirchschlager will be released on the 17th August. It’s title is 'Dein ist mein ganzes Herz' . . . and it will contain highlights from the Viennese operetta (Lehar, Kalman, Strauß, von Suppé)."
Pelléas et Mélisande, Royal Opera, Covent Garden
"The finest singing of the evening came from Gerald Finley as Golaud, who managed to put across all the inner torment and jealousy of the character by voice alone, which was no mean feat. Angelika Kirchschlager sang sensuously as Melisande but Simon Keenlyside sounded out of sorts as Pelleas – but then can you blame him? Young George Longworth was the best Yniold I've ever seen, and there was reliable support from the veteran bass Robert Lloyd as Arkel. The audience cheered the singers and conductor to the rafters, and booed the production team. A discerning audience if ever I heard one."--Keith McDonnell, musicomh.com, reviewing May 11 performance
"The serious disappointment of the production is considerably lessened by a nearly exemplary musical performance. The Royal Opera could not have fielded a more perfect cast for these performances. Angelika Kirchschlager is a delicate but passionate Mélisande; Gerald Finley an outstanding Golaud, portraying the character’s bewilderment at the unfolding events; and Simon Keenlyside both heroic and lyrical as Pélleas, his impeccable French reminding us too of his exceptional linguistic skills."--Dominic McHugh, musicalcriticism.com
"Mélisande proves to be one of Angelika Kirchschlager’s most congenial roles, even though she has to play the part as a slightly dotty scarlet woman experiencing a very bad hair day."--Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times, at timesonline.co.uk
was to have performed the role of Ariodante, but
reported on March 27 that "yesterday, the Barbican Centre sent out a notice
to ticketholders saying that Angelika Kirchschlager, the star mezzo who was
to sing the titular hero, had contracted laryngitis and would be replaced by
Caitlin Hulcup, a young lyric mezzo from Australia. (Kirchschlager did
perform the entire Paris run, which ended on March 22.)"
11, 14, 16, 19, 21,
and 23 May 2007
June 1, 2, and 3,
7 October 2007