Toi toi toi to Sophie Bevan, Alexandra Kadurina and Jonathan Lemalu who are all making their role and house debuts in Frankfurt Opera’s production of Rossini’s La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie) on Sunday 31st March.
Sophie sings the role of Ninetta, a servant girl; Jonathan Lemalu sings Fernando Villabella, Ninetta’s father; and Alexandra sings Pippo, a young peasant. This new production is conducted by Henrik Nánási and is directed by David Alden.
For Sophie, this project comes hot on the heels of concerts with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Australian Chamber Orchestra, The Sixteen, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Academy of Ancient Music. She will shortly be returning to English National Opera to sing the role of Leila in Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers before making her debut at Tanglewood with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
A recent graduate of the Young Artist Program of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Alexandra gave her debut at the Bolshoi in February 2010, since which time she has performed several roles with the company. This season she sings the title role L’Enfant et les Sortileges, Fiodor Boris Godunov, Dorabella Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte and Octavian in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier at the Bolshoi.
Jonathan will shortly be singing Mahler Symphony No.8 with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, to mark the fact that the Commonwealth Games will be hosted by Glasgow. He will then return to New Zealand to sing Haydn’s Creation with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, before returning to Europe to sing his first Falstaff.