NEW! MAESTRO RICCARDO FRIZZA IN CONVERSATION WITH MARGARIDA MOTA-BULL

19/09/2018

‘Music is an Exchange of Effort and Energy’

Riccardo Frizza © Joan Tomás)

Riccardo Frizza grew up in Brescia, a town in Northern Lombardy, close to the city of Milan. He got interested in music when he was only five years old and began playing a little keyboard at home. Although neither one of his parents was a musician, they soon recognised the talent of the young Riccardo and sent him for piano lessons. He later continued his studies at the Milan Conservatoire. During that period he greatly admired Leonard Bernstein and later was influenced and looked up to such luminaries as Claudio Abbado and Riccardo Muti. Frizza also studied with composer Elisabetta Brusa and conductor Gilberto Serembe who both contributed to his artistry and to whom he feels indebted. Read more

NEW! LMTO Bring Camelot Back to the West End for the First Time in 30 Years on 6 October

18/09/2018

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London Musical Theatre Orchestra presents

Lerner and Loewe’s

CAMELOT

AT THE LONDON PALLADIUM

7.30pm on Saturday 6th October 2018

STARRING 

DAVID THAXTON, SAVANNAH STEVENSON, CHARLES RICE and CLIVE CARTER, with MATTHEW MCKENNA,

CELINDE SCHOENMAKER, EMMANUEL KOJO, OLIVER SAVILE, RAPHAEL HIGGINGS-HUMES and SAM SWANN
Read more

NEW! JACK BUCKLEY’S MEMORIES OF LINDSAY KEMP (1938-2018)

17/09/2018

Lindsay Kemp (1938-2018): A Personal Tribute

There is hardly anyone working in theatre today – even those who have never heard of him – who doesn’t owe a debt to the inventiveness of Lindsay Kemp. Kemp’s search for theatrical expression. He studiedly broke down the barriers between mime, acting, designing, dancing, showcasing, vocalising, orchestrating and sundry other arts. It wove together comedy with tragedy, wordlessness with silence, extending an invitation to rethink what might yet be found on the other sides of theatrical expressions. He was by no means the first to understand comedy as the other face of tragedy, but he certainly made a unique contribution to that field.  Read more

NEW! THE GESUALDO SIX IN CONVERSATION WITH GEOFFREY NEWMAN

24/08/2018

 

Gesualdo Six (Owain Park fourth from right) © Ash Mills

Owain Park talks to Geoffrey Newman 

Few young British choral ensembles have climbed more readily into audiences’ affections than The Gesualdo Six, led by 24-year-old Owain Park. Formed in 2014 for a performance of Don Carlo Gesualdo’s Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday at Trinity College Cambridge, and along with Park, it features a handpicked group of England’s finest young consort singers: Guy James and Alex Chance (countertenors), Joseph Wicks and Josh Cooter (tenors), Michael Craddock (baritone) and Samuel Mitchell (bass). Read more

NEW! A Q&A WITH GERMAN SOPRANO PETRA LANG

22/08/2018

Petra Lang (c) Ann Weitz, Düsseldorf

To admirers of great singing Petra Lang needs little introduction because of her superb performances on the world’s leading opera stages and concert platforms. In recent years, especially, she has brought the audiences at the annual Bayreuth Festival to their feet to acclaim her wonderful portrayals of Ortrud (review click here) and Isolde (review click here). Seen and Heard was delighted when Petra Lang agreed to answer our questions to look back – amongst much else – at how she began as a singer, who gave her advice along the way, a singer’s life, her thoughts on the roles she has sung and the colleagues she has worked with, as well as, her own advice for young singers. Read more

NEW! The Roman River Music Festival Returns This September

13/08/2018

INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS ANNOUNCED FOR ROMAN RIVER FESTIVAL 2018

Starring over 80 world-class performers, Roman River Music presents a spectacular array of theatre, talks, music and debates, throughout a fun filled 10-day festival – taking place within unusual buildings across Colchester and the surrounding areas, between Thursday 20​th and Sunday 30th September 2018Read more

NEW! Opera Appreciation Talks this Autumn from Helen Astrid

12/08/2018

Opera Appreciation Talks

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This autumn, opera singer Helen Astrid (formerly English National Opera) will reveal the beauty, fascination and myths surrounding one of the most celebrated of all art forms. Read more

NEW! TENOR NICHOLAS PHAN IN CONVERSATION WITH CHRISTOPHER SALLON

09/08/2018

Holding the Key: Nicholas Phan talks to Christopher Sallon

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‘Music is for everybody, but the artist, alone, holds the key’ declares Nicholas Phan, one of the USA’s most accomplished lyric tenors. In a blog recorded in 2010, some eight years before our July interview in Tanglewood, he stood calmly before the camera and provided an ‘insider’s’ glimpse, as he prepared for his Carnegie Hall debut recital with accompanist Myra Huang. With a maturity and self-assurance which belied his years – he was then just 31 years old – he spoke of the need to take risks and proceeded to provide a key to his programme of songs by Benjamin Britten. Phan’s performance that night, particularly his account of Britten’s Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, and the song cycle Winter Words, a setting of Thomas Hardy poems, garnered rave reviews, as did his Winter Words CD, released soon thereafter. Read more

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