Season highlights include:
- Brindley Sherratt performs the role of Baron Ochs in Welsh National Opera’s new production of Der Rosenkavalier
- Sherratt returns to The Royal Opera to sing Timur in Andrei Serban’s revival of Turandot
- English National Opera’s new production of Aida features Sherratt as Ramfis
- At Glyndebourne Festival 2018 Sherratt performs the Baron in Der Rosenkavalier and Arkel in a new production of Pelléas et Mélisande
- Concerts at the BBC Proms, Aldeburgh Festival, Edinburgh International Festival in 2017
Brindley Sherratt, one of the UK’s leading international bass singers, makes his debut in the pinnacle role of Baron Ochs of Lerchenau in a new production of Der Rosenkavalier for Welsh National Opera in June and July 2017. Other forthcoming highlights include roles for The Royal Opera, English National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival 2018, and concerts at the 2017 BBC Proms, Aldeburgh Festival and Edinburgh International Festival.
Der Rosenkavalier at Welsh National Opera and Glyndebourne Festival
Brindley Sherratt achieves a career landmark in 2017 when he debuts in the role of the Baron Ochs of Lerchenau in Welsh National Opera’s new production of Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier. The Baron is acknowledged to be a pinnacle role for a bass, and this career highlight marks Sherratt’s return to the WNO, having previously sung the role of Pogner in Die Meistersinger von Nürnburg in Cardiff and at the BBC Proms in 2010. This new production, directed by Olivia Fuchs, and also starring Rebecca Evans as The Marschallin, opens at the Wales Millennium Centre on 4 June 2017 and runs until the 17 June 2017. It will then transfer to the Birmingham Hippodrome for a performance on 1 July 2017.
Brindley Sherratt comments: "I'm ridiculously excited (and a little daunted) to be singing my first Baron Ochs with WNO. I began my career with this great company and it will be great to be back."
Sherratt will reprise the role of the Baron in Glyndebourne’s revival of Richard Jones’s 2014 production of Der Rosenkavalier, which runs from 20 May – 26 June 2018. Also at Glyndebourne Festival 2018, he will sing the role of Arkel in Debussy’s only completed opera Pelléas et Mélisande from 30 June – 9 August, in a new production directed by Stefan Herheim.
Turandot at The Royal Opera
Having made his Covent Garden debut in 2001 as Plutone in L’anima del filosofo, Sherratt has since sung many roles for The Royal Opera, including Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin, and Sparafucile in Rigoletto, to name but a few. He returns for the revival of Andrei Serban’s production of Puccini’s final opera Turandot, in the role of Timur in performances between 8 – 16 July 2017, alongside Lise Lindstrom as Princess Turandot.
Aida at English National Opera
Sherratt sings the role of Ramfis in English National Opera’s bold new production of Aida, directed by Phelim McDermott, at the London Coliseum in sixteen performances from 28 September 2017. The creative team behind ENO’s award-winning production of Akhnanten return for this new version of Verdi’s masterpiece, which sees Sherratt performing alongside Latonia Moore and Morenike Fadayomi as Aida, and Matthew Best as the King.
UK festival performances
Sherratt joins the Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North for two specially devised concert stagings of its acclaimed production of Britten’s Billy Budd at the Aldeburgh Festival on 24 and 25 June 2017, where he will sing the role of Claggart, a role which he has sung internationally to critical acclaim. The cast also includes Roderick Williams as Billy Budd and Alan Oke as Captain Verde.
Sherratt returns to the BBC Proms on 21 July 2017 for a concert performance of Beethoven’s Fidelio with the BBC Philharmonic. Sherratt sings the role of Rocco alongside heldontenor Stuart Skelton as Florestan and soprano Ricarda Merbeth as Leonore, in a performance which will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, and televised on BBC Four on 30 July.
At the Edinburgh International Festival on 13 August 2017 at Usher Hall, Sherratt sings the role of Swallow in Britten’s Peter Grimes, with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus and conductor Edward Gardner. This concert forms a major part of the festival’s 70th anniversary and also stars Stuart Skelton as Peter Grimes and Erin Wall as Ellen Orford.
The London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jorowski give a gala performance of Wagner’s Das Rheingold on 27 January 2018 at the Royal Festival Hall. This semi-staged performance sees Sherratt sing the role of Fafner, and marks the 10th anniversary of Jorowski as Principal Conductor. On 11 February 2018 Sherratt – a former long-time member of the BBC Singers - joins them as guest soloist for Mendelssohn’s performing edition of Bach’s St Matthew Passion at Milton Court. This rarely-performed 1829 edition played a major role in re-establishing Bach’s music in the concert repertoire. Sherratt also joins the Bach Choir at the Royal Festival Hall on 18 March 2018 for a Passion Sunday performance of the St Matthew Passion sung in English.