Tim recently returned to the Wigmore Hall in London for the third time in a month to sing the role of Endimione in Cavalli's 'La Calisto' with La Nuova Musica under the direction of David Bates. Endimione is a role with which he has long been associated, having previously enjoyed success in revivals of David Alden's production at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich and he is due to reprise the role a number of times in coming seasons.
"There was not a single weak link among the ten-strong cast, but particular accolades should go to Tim Mead as Endimione, whose countertenor was so rounded and polished that it felt ethereal"
Music OMH (5 stars)
"Endimione (Tim Mead) as a lovesick wallowing youth was devastatingly sublime."
"The singing was suave, wordy and quick-witted from the goddesses to the sidekicks Mercurio (James Newby) and Silvano (Edward Grint), and Mead’s noble shepherd"
"Tim Mead was warm and lithe as he sang of the shepherd’s infatuation"
Earlier in the month at the hall, Tim performed a programme of Purcell and Handel with the Dunedin Consort under John Butt in celebration of St. Cecilia's Day for which his "plangent" (Bachtrack) countertenor was praised.
He was also acclaimed in Stephen Hough's 'Three Grave Songs' as part of the pianist-composer's ongoing series at the hall.
"Tim Mead floated lyrical lines in Three Grave Songs."
"Tim Mead’s countertenor is one of the most beautiful to be heard these days, remarkable for its potency, evenness and musicality. The way he leaned into the lingering phrases of ‘Requiescat’, engaged with the banter of Hardy’s ‘By her aunt’s grave’ and drew pragmatic resignation from Dowson’s ‘In a Breton cemetery’ was very moving."
Tim returns to the Wigmore Hall on 29th January, 2017 for his debut solo recital in a programme of English song with James Baillieu (piano).