Four of Askonas Holt’s most celebrated singers are among the most influential people in music today, says the Evening Standard. Soprano Sophie Bevan, countertenor Iestyn Davies, baritone Simon Keenlyside and mezzo soprano Sarah Connolly all feature in the list of London’s most influential people.
Sophie Bevan is described as a leading singer of the younger generation with a delightful stage presence. She has won hearts in such roles as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier and the title role in Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen. She won the Young Singer prize at the inaugural 2013 International Opera Awards.
Iestyn Davies’ slot in the 2013 Last Night of the Proms, says the article, confirmed his position as one of the top countertenors of the day. His progress from the choir stalls of St John’s College, Cambridge to the opera stages of Europe and America over the past decade has been impressive.
Simon Keenlyside is praised for his wonderfully rich, coppery voice, and performances renowned for their physicality and intensity. Keenlyside has conquered opera houses all over the world. Even on the concert platform he has a startlingly hyper-expressive delivery, to which his perambulatory stage manner contributes.
Finally, the Standard comments that Sarah Connolly’s gloriously ripe mezzo and outstanding interpretative abilities have made her first choice for a range of repertoire that takes in everything from opera to lieder, from Handel to Strauss. She is set to star in Tristan and Isolde at the Royal Opera House later this year.