A New York Dream for Askonas Holt singers

“I will roar you as gently as any sucking dove; I will roar you, as ’twere any nightingale.”

This October saw Matthew Rose make a welcome return to the Metropolitan Opera, New York in his role debut as Bottom the Weaver in Benjamin Britten’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s magical romance A Midsummer Night’s DreamIestyn Davies also returned for his role debut at the house as Oberon: a role he has performed to great acclaim at Houston Grand Opera and English National Opera.

With his magnificently resonant voice Matthew is now one of the most exciting singers of his generation, receiving critical acclaim in this superb comic role for his performances at the Glyndebourne Festival, La Scala, Milan, the Royal Opera, Covent Garden and Houston Grand Opera.

Highlights of the coming season include his debut at the Deutsche Oper, Berlin singing Leporello Don Giovanni, his role debut as Enrico VIII Anna Bolena for the Opéra de Bordeaux, and his return to the Royal Opera, Covent Garden in performances of Turandot and the new production of Maria Stuarda.

In the recording studio, this season he sings a solo disc of Mozart Bass arias with Arcangelo on the Hyperion label and, following on from his successful debut disc of Winterreise, Matthew will be recording Schubert’s Schwanengesang in Aldeburgh.

“I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was.”

Praised as having “one of the most glorious counter-tenor voices in the world today” by the Independent, and being recently announced as the recipient of the 2013 Critics’ Circle Award for Exceptional Young Talent (Singer), Iestyn’s season got off to a wonderful start, with him stepping in at the last minute to the Last Night of the Proms.

Subsequent highlights include his debut at the Opéra Comique in Paris, for George Benjamin’s Written on Skin; a return to English National Opera for Bertarido Rodelinda and a return to Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Iestyn is also prolific in the recording studio, having recently completed a solo disc of Handel arias. February 2014 will also see both the release of works with lute for Hyperion which will lead into a tour of the same repertoire in the US, with the lutenist Thomas Dunford and also a disc on the WigmoreLive label, featuring performances from his 2012/13 Wigmore Hall Residency.

The critics have been delighted with both artists, with The New York Times saying that “Mr Davies is fearsomely eloquent” and deeming as particularly “excellent…the rich-toned, thoughtful bass Matthew Rose as Bottom”.

“Trip away; make no stay; Meet me all by break of day. “

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