NEW! Opera Buenos Aires 2017 With a Focus On Co-productions

11/12/2016

Opera Buenos Aires 2017

A late in the year announcement for the Teatro Colón’s 2017 season revealed some surprises and a focus on co-productions, along with some bigger ‘names’ than has been the tendency in recent years.

2017 will have the same number of operatic productions as 2016, namely nine. But unlike the current year, they are all part of the subscription series. And for visitors it must be noted, ticket prices are now very much up with likes of, if not exceeding, Covent Garden. Read more

NEW! Preview of the 2017 Chipping Campden Festival

30/11/2016

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Chipping Campden Festival Honours Monteverdi and Other Leading Composers (14-27 May 2017)

As we experience the first frosts of winter it is always a comfort to know that the cold weather will not last and that in six months’ time we shall be enjoying the Chipping Campden Music Festival – the 16th. Read more

NEW! Investec Opera Holland Park’s Casts for the 2017 Season

29/11/2016

Investec Opera Holland Park announces casts for 2017 season

ohpOpera Holland Park’s 2017 casts will feature longstanding Opera Holland Park (OHP) performers, house debuts from established names, and emerging talent, including many young British performers who have benefitted from OHP’s Young Artists Scheme.

The season will open with Puccini’s La rondine, which celebrates its centenary in 2017. The swallow of the title, Magda, will be played by Elizabeth Llewellyn, who has previously appeared at OHP as the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro (2011) and Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte (2012). The Armenian soprano Tereza Gevorgyan makes her OHP debut as Lisette and David Stephenson, who played Sharpless in OHP’s 2013 production of Madama Butterfly, returns as Rambaldo Fernandez. The production also features Stephen Aviss and Alice Privett, who trained on the Young Artists Scheme at OHP in 2016. Matthew Waldren – now Mackerras Fellow at English National Opera – will be conducting, and Martin Lloyd-Evans directing, both OHP stalwarts; and takis, who designed the sparkling Die Fledermaus in 2016, will return. Read more

NEW! I Musicanti and Virtuoso Double Bassist Leon Bosch Perform a Trio of Concerts at St John’s Smith Square

29/11/2016

downloadI MUSICANTI and virtuoso double bassist Leon Bosch perform a trio of concerts at St John’s Smith Square featuring world premieres from South Africa and chamber works by Mozart and Schubert.

Concerts: 8 January; 5 March; 28 May

On 8 January 2017, rather than perform Peter Klatzow’s Quintet, I Musicanti and Leon Bosch will instead give the world premiere of the Quintet ‘But All I Wanna Do Is Dance” by esteemed South African composer, Matthijs Van Dijk.

“But All I Wanna Do Is Dance”

“There is a general consensus in comedy (and in most forms of entertainment) which is “Don’t mention politics: you will immediately lose half your audience.” However, whatever your political leaning, I think we can all agree, to quote a t-shirt I saw recently: “2016 Sucked”. From Brexit and Trump, to students (and friends) clashing with police over free education in South Africa, we’ve been confronted, through the help of social media, with what seems to be a never ending wave of anger, frustration, hate and bigotry in all shapes and sizes – all issues that need to be addressed, of course, and, once one is aware of them, unable to ignore.

The title is not a joyous declaration by any means, but rather an “inner childlike” plea – an overwhelmed whisper of “I can’t be an adult any more. Please stop.” Originally, the piece was going to be called “#butallIwannadoisdance”, but the more I worked on it, the more I felt that instead of allowing social media to overpower me, I needed to break free from it and drop the hashtag. This piece is part “tip of the hat” to electronic dance music and part elegy to one’s inner child yearning to dance and/or play; yearning for a time when one was too young to really know what was going on in the world, if one was fortunate (or privileged) enough to not have to. “

NEW! Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins to Star in Carousel at the London Coliseum

25/11/2016

ALFIE BOE AND KATHERINE JENKINS IN RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S CAROUSEL 

TICKETS GO ON PUBLIC SALE FOR THIS FIVE WEEK LIMITED RUN AT 9AM ON 30 NOVEMBER 2016 WITH OVER 100 TICKETS AT £12 FOR EACH PERFORMANCE

Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins will star for the first time together in the West End as Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, the third production in the partnership between English National Opera (ENO) and the GradeLinnit Company.    Read more

NEW! Bampton Classical Opera 2017 – Salieri’s The School of Jealousy

25/11/2016

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BAMPTON CLASSICAL OPERA 2017 – ANTONIO SALIERI’S THE SCHOOL OF JEALOUSY (La scuola de’ gelosi)

Performances:
The Deanery Garden, Bampton, Oxfordshire: Friday, Saturday 21, 22 July
The Orangery Theatre, Westonbirt School, Glos: Monday 28 August
St John’s Smith Square, London: date to be confirmed

Following highly successful UK premières of Salieri’s Falstaff (in 2003) and Trofonio’s Cave (2015), Bampton Classical Opera will present in 2017 the first UK performances since the late 18th century of what was perhaps his most popular success, the bitter comedy of marital feuding, The School of Jealousy (La scuola de’ gelosi).  The production will be designed and directed by Jeremy Gray and conducted by Anthony Kraus, Assistant Head of Music at Opera North.  The English translation will be by Gilly French. Read more

NEW! In November Fulham Opera Get the Party Started with Die Fledermaus

02/11/2016

Come to Fulham and see Die Fledermaus

Update – For Jim Pritchard’s review click here.

Performance Dates:

November 8th, 11th, 13th, 15th, 18th (Young Artists’ performance), 20th, all at 7.30pm.

Venue: St John’s Church, Fulham, SW6 1PB Read more

NEW! Veteran Trevor Pinnock to Star in Christmas Early Music Festival in York

26/10/2016

Christmas Early Music Festival in York

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The York Early Music Christmas Festival 2016 (8 – 15 December), a key part of the Christmas calendar in York, features the acclaimed harpsichordist and conductor Trevor Pinnock as a highlight. Trevor celebrates his 70th birthday year, ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Beverley Early Music Festival in May and the 40th anniversary of the York Early Music Festival in July.

The performances are mainly held in the beautiful candlelit surroundings of the NCEM in the heart of York in St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate – and there are mince pies provided at most concerts, offering an additional treat for the audience.

Among the highlights are –

▪ Spiritato! Guts and Glory:  Heroic Music for Strings, Trumpets and Drums

An NCEM debut for the pioneering period musical ensemble, led ‘vivaciously’ by violinist Kinga Ujszaszi. This is a vibrant programme of the best of baroque brass, with no less than five natural trumpets, together with inventive and reflective pieces for strings.

Thursday 8th December at 7:00pm

▪ Gothic Voices: Nowel syng We bothe al and som

A sequence of late medieval English carols, songs and motets for the season, with works ranging from one to four voices. This is a joyous interplay of key celebrations of the season, with small narratives reflected on by larger-scale festive motets and mass movements by English medieval celebrities John Dunstable (c.1390-1453) and Lionel Power (c.1370-1445).

Friday 9th December at 7.30pm

▪ Choral Workshop led by James Weeks

James Weeks is a respected composer and conductor with wide ranging musical interests. This workshop will cover some of the significant works of Heinrich Schutz’s great collection Geistliche Chor-Musik (1648), which contains some of his most memorable and profound music. From the joyous Christmas motet Ein Kind ist uns geboren to the sublime pathos of Selig sind die Toten.

Saturday 10th December from 10.30am – 4pm,

▪ The Goldfinch Ensemble Masters of Baroque: JS Bach and F Couperin

Selected from the best young early music talent in Europe, The Goldfinch Ensemble is part of a eeemerging programme, enjoying a residency at the NCEM in York. Formed in 2014, the musicians met at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and were first-prize winners at the International Handel Festival in Gottingen earlier in the year. Their programme reflects the European masters of their craft, JS Bach and F Couperin, and how they may have been inspired by each other.

Saturday 10th December at 1.00pm

▪ Yorkshire Bach Choir: Bach at Christmas

A trio of festive works not to be missed. It includes JS Bach’s Magnificat, with its exuberant choruses, and CPE Bach’s 1749 setting of the Magnificat, which energetically reinvigorates his father’s earlier work. The ever-popular BWV 140 Wachat auf (Sleepers, wake) is the ultimate musical wake-up for Advent, featuring some of JS Bach’s most memorable and timeless music

Saturday 10th December at 7.30pm, Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York

▪ Trevor Pinnock and Friends

A Birthday Celebration

During his 70th birthday year, renowned harpsichordist and conductor, Trevor Pinnock, makes York a vital part of his UK anniversary tour, with highlights including Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no 5 and Handel’s Sonata in A for violin, with early music virtuoso Rachel Podger.

Sunday 11th December at 7.30pm

▪ Joglaresa

Caroles of Nuns and Roses

Caroles of Nuns and Roses celebrate Yule with the luscious five female voices of Joglaresa, accompanying themselves on fidel, harp, bells, bagpipes and percussion. This is a twinkly and tinkly Christmas programme and will lull you gently into the Christmas spirit.

Monday 12th December at 7.30pm

▪ Renaissance

Renaissance is praised as being one of the most exciting a cappella groups in recent years, and they present Un Soir de Neige: A Night of Snow: Music for Advent. Festive lullabies by Byrd alongside Poulenc’s secular Un Soir de Neige, and moving through Tudor Christmas to passionate Italian madrigals by Monteverdi, all drawn together by Ben Rowarth’s new work, A Night of Snow.

Tuesday 13th December at 7.30pm

▪ Red Priest: Winter Baroque Carnival

The highly acclaimed baroque quartet makes a welcome return to add fizz to the season. Led by recorder playing maestro Piers Adams, this is a cheering feast of music for winter, performed in the group’s own high-octane style. Expect Vivaldi, Bach, Handel and a few unsung heroes, all with a modern twist.

Wednesday 14th December at 7.30pm

▪ In Echo: Northern soul: Music in a Cold Climate

The five-piece ensemble presents an engaging story of the sea-faring nations of 17th century Northern Europe. Trading goods, music and ideas, the programme looks at the inspirational music of Buxtehude, Staden, Dowland, Bertali and Dietrich Becker alongside Andrew Keeling’s new composition, Northern Soul.

Thursday 15th December at 7.30pm

For further information see www.ncem.co.uk/xmas

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