IMG Artists is delighted to announce the general management of conductor David Bates.
Directing from the harpsichord, David makes his debut for Glyndebourne-on-tour with Robert Carsen’s exuberant production of Rinaldo featuring countertenor Jake Arditti in the title role and Anna Devin as Almirena. Performances take place on October 26, 29 and November 1 (all in Glyndebourne), before touring the UK from November 8 until December 6.
This season, he also conducts Serse (with Jakub Orlinski) for Opera de Rouen and Ariodante for the London Festival of Baroque Music with his own group, La Nuova Musica.
They appear throughout the season at St John’s Smith Square, commence a three-year residency for Brighton Festival in 2020, and return to the Bath MozartFest in November 2019 following their memorable performance of Haydn’s The Creation which closed the 2018 festival. LNM are regular visitors to the Wigmore Hall (for whom they have a substantial residency focussing on Monteverdi planned for 2021/22 season). In 2015 they embarked upon a series of concert performances of Handel operas for the London Handel Festival, and have so far performed Acis and Galatea, Berenice, Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, Il Duello Amoroso, Apollo e Dafne, Orlando and Alcina, with Rodelinda yet to be programmed.
Their first CD for Pentatone, released in October, is Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice with Iestyn Davies, Sophie Bevan and Rebecca Bottone. Recorded live from concert, it was reviewed at the time by Opera Now as “… a subtle, vivid and detailed performance of Gluck’s original 1762 Orfeo ed Euridice at St John’s Smith Square by David Bates and La Nuova Musica was just as intense and pleasurable – and a reminder how under-performed Gluck is. This was all about sounds and textures, a physical enjoyment of the half-hidden, frisson-inducing details of a passing discord or suspension, a drawn-out cadence, a viola line”.