The King´s Consort

The King´s Consort

Premiere: Wednesday, 17.11.2010 - 19:00 Uhr


actor role
Musikalische Leitung Robert King
Orchestra The King´s Consort
Gismonda Mhairi Lawson
Teofane Claire Debono
Adalberto Robin Blaze
Matilda Hilary Summers
Emireno Andrew Foster-Williams
  1. 17.11.2010
  2. 7:00 p.m.

Hilary Summers


Hilary Summers works extensively in the Baroque repertoire and sings regularly with many of Europe’s finest authentic instrument ensembles including The Academy of Ancient Music with Christopher Hogwood, Les Arts Florissants with William Christie, The King’s Consort with Robert King and The English Concert with Andrew Manze. As a contemporary music enthusiast she has explored much of the modern repertoire. She has performed Le Marteau sans Maitre by Pierre Boulez on tour throughout Europe under the direction of the composer with the Ensemble Intercontemporain and has recorded it with the same forces to much critical acclaim. Also with Boulez she has sung his Le visage nuptial in Chicago with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She created the role of Stella in Elliot Carter’s opera What Next at the Berlin Staatsoper conducted by Daniel Barenboim.
Recordings include Handel’s Messiah with King’s College Cambridge; Handel’s Orlando (Medoro) with Les Arts Florissants; Handel’s Lotario (Idelberto) with Alan Curtis and Il Complesso Barocco; Vivaldi’s La Senna Festeggiante and two discs of Vivaldi’s sacred music with Robert King and The King’s Consort. Her most recent release is Handel’s Semele (Juno & Ino) with Christian Curnyn and the Early Opera Company for Chandos.
Recent projects have included the acclaimed Wiener Festwochen production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (Sorceress) with William Christie, a recording of Rossini’s Petite Messe Solonelle with The King’s Consort, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hippolyta) for the Teatro Real, Madrid, performances of Le Marteau Sans Maître with Boulez at the Lucerne Festival, her début with the Opera de Paris (Mother Goose) and performances of George Benjamin’s new opera, Into the Little Hill in Europe and the USA.
Highlights of the 09/10 season include appearances with the Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Les Arts Florissants and the Academy of Ancient Music.
...The Welsh contralto Hilary Summers throws herself heart, body and soul into an interpretation of the Sorceress that can only be compared to that of the Dame in pantomime...a wonderful performance, which Summers herself clearly thoroughly enjoyed, made all the more riveting by her complete vocal command of the is exactly this kind of interpretation which makes a production stand out from the ordinary.
In Wien sang sie zuletzt die Sorceress (Purcell: Dido and Aeneas) bei den Wiener Festwochen 2009.