NEW! In 2017 The Three Choirs Festival is from 22 to 29 July

04/04/2017

The Three Choirs Festival 2017: A Preview

3 choirs festivalThe Three Choirs Festival, which was first held in 1715 is probably the oldest music festival in the world; is there another festival that has been in existence for over 300 years? The Festival is held in turn in one of the three cathedral cities of Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester. This year, by rotation, the Festival, which takes place between 22 and 29 July, will be hosted by the city of Worcester, The Director of Music at Worcester Cathedral, Peter Nardone, is Artistic Director of the Festival and he’s devised a wide-ranging programme of events. All the performances mentioned in this preview will take place in Worcester Cathedral unless otherwise stated. Read more

NEW! Glyndebourne Festival 2017: At Glyndebourne, At the Cinema and On Tour

30/03/2017

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GLYNDEBOURNE FESTIVAL 2017

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ON SCREEN: 8 JUNE La traviata Recorded Live

Streamed via glyndebourne.com and in cinemas nationwide a recording of Tom Cairns’s 2014 production of La traviata. Featuring Michael Fabiano and Venera Gimadieva.

ON SCREEN: 6 JULY – Hamlet LIVE

Streamed live via glyndebourne.com and in cinemas nationwide: the world premiere of Brett Dean’s Hamlet, featuring a cast of some of the finest singing actors of the moment including; Allan Clayton, Sarah Connolly, Barbara Hannigan and John Tomlinson.

ON SCREEN: 3 AUGUST – La clemenza di Tito LIVE

Streamed live via glyndebourne.com and in cinemas nationwide: Glyndebourne’s new production of Mozart’s last opera.

Tickets on sale now. Visit glyndebourne.com to find a screening near you. Read more

NEW! IN MEMORIAM LOUIS FRÉMAUX (1921-2017)

28/03/2017

Louis Frémaux (13 August 1921 – 20 March 2017) – an obituary by Rob Barnett

LF As ever, the bare bones of any person’s life tell us but a small part of the individual’s story and heritage. Louis Frémaux is no different in that respect. That said we need to lay them out:
– Born in Aire-sur-la-Lys, Pas-de-Calais, France in 1921 and he studied at the Valenciennes Conservatoire.
– War service in the Resistance and then as a Foreign Legion Captain in the French armed forces in Vietnam (1945-46)
– Resumed his war-interrupted studies, this time at the Paris Conservatoire with Louis Fourestier where he took first prize in conducting in 1952. Read more

NEW! The Cleveland Orchestra in 2017-18

21/03/2017

The Cleveland Orchestra’s 100th Season

100th season of The Cleveland Orchestra Photo by Roger Mastroianni

Franz Welser-Möst discusses the orchestra’s educational outreach programs
(c) Roger Mastroianni, courtesy of the Cleveland Orchestra

How many orchestras could draw 1,200 people to their concert hall without the ensemble even taking the stage? The Cleveland Orchestra can—and did—when they announced their centenary season with a gala event at Severance Hall on Friday, March 17. Along with the news were speeches from music director Franz Welser-Möst, executive director André Gremillet, the newly appointed president Richard K. Smucker, and orchestra musicians Massimo La Rosa (principal trombone), Martha Baldwin (cello), and Joshua Smith (principal flute), and celebratory short films. Read more

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

20/03/2017

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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, Gloucestershire: Monday 28 August

St John’s Smith Square, London: Tuesday 12 September

Libretto: Caterino Mazzolà
New English translation: Gilly French and Jeremy Gray
Director: Jeremy Gray
Conductor: Anthony Kraus
Orchestra of Bampton Classical Opera (Bampton, Westonbirt)
CHROMA (St John’s Smith Square)

Following highly successful UK premières of Salieri’s Falstaff (in 2003) and Trofonio’s Cave (2015), this summer Bampton Classical Opera will present the first UK performances since the late 18th century of arguably 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 from Opera North.  The English translation will be by Gilly French and Jeremy Gray. Read more

NEW! Leeds Lieder Announces Seventh Festival of Song for April

11/03/2017

Leeds Lieder Announces Seventh Festival of Song

Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd April 2017: “Songs of Travel”

LLSupported by Arts Council England, Leeds Lieder – ‘one of the most exuberant and far-reaching festivals of art-song in the UK The Times is delighted to announce details of its seventh Festival, under the Artistic Directorship of pianist Joseph Middleton. Read more

NEW! Zurich Opera Announces its 2017/2018 Season

09/03/2017

Zurich Opera in 2017/2018

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NEW! Opera Integra Bring Die Fledermaus to Notting Hill in March

09/03/2017

Opera Integra’s Die Fledermaus

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Opera Integra present a new production of Die Fledermaus by Fiona Williams, choreographed by former Lead Principal ballerina at English National Ballet, Elena Glurdjidze, accompanied by Opera Integra’s chamber orchestra and conducted by Sonia Ben-Santamaria.

24 & 25 MARCH, 2017 at 7.30pm 

VENUE: St John’s Notting Hill, Lansdowne Crescent, W11 2NN Read more

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