NEW! Grimeborn Opera Festival 2018 Starts on 24 July

20/07/2018

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Arcola announces 2018 Grimeborn Opera Festival

‘Dalston’s attitude-packed alternative opera festival’ – Time Out

For full details and how to book tickets click here Read more

NEW! Snape Proms 2018 from 1 August

20/07/2018

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SNAPE PROMS 2018: 1 – 31 AUGUST 

Full listings and tickets online at www.snapemaltings.co.uk |Tel: 01728 687110 Read more

NEW! Oxford Chamber Music Festival October 2018

19/07/2018

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World-renowned Oxford Chamber Music Festival heading in exciting new directions

 ELEMENTS

October 3 – 7 October

Philip Pullman ‘The festival is a national treasureRead more

NEW! Saffron Opera Group Presents Parsifal in Saffron Walden on 16 September

11/07/2018

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SAFFRON OPERA GROUP CONTINUES WAGNERIAN TRIUMPHS

 CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED ENSEMBLE PRESENTS PARSIFAL

REVIEWS OF THE RING CYCLE

‘Saffron Opera is now a major Wagnerian force’ (Wagner News)
‘Intellectually as well as emotionally engaging… shattering’ (Operissima.org)
‘The whole performance seemed to transcend itself’ (The Guardian)

After triumphant performances of the Ring Cycle and Die Meistersinger – which have been hailed in the national press as some of the UK’s most ambitious and successful British Wagnerian events of the last decade – Saffron Opera Group now turns its attention to Wagner’s final masterpiece: Parsifal. The performance will take place on 16 September 16 in Saffron Hall. Read more

NEW! Schubert Life Death Fantasies: An Equation

11/07/2018

Arthur and Lucas Jussen (c) Marco Borggreve

The one certainty of life is death, said a wit.

Moreover, the life death process is operative thousands of times a minute within all livings things –animal as well as vegetable.  Understanding what humans have in common with a blade of grass is not without its charm, once you’ve got over the shock.  But until the relatively recent advent of microbiology, Western medicine blithely operated in ignorance of this fundamental.  Microbiology is, however, the very cornerstone of Eastern medical practice, and has been since before written records were kept, which is long before the year the presumed Noah went into the presumed ark.

And Schubert, unobserved by most of us, spent a lifetime exploring this phenomenon in music. The OED’s phenomenal says perceptible through the senses or through immediate experience.  Schubert invokes both.

And perhaps nowhere quite so impressively as the Fantasies in F for piano duet.

Two young Dutch brothers have with surgical precision, taken this music to pieces, but unlike other King’s Men, they have also put Schubert together again. Also with surgical precision.  The Jussen brothers and others mentioned in comparison are all available on YouTube (click here), so readers can conveniently hear these differences for themselves.  Read more

NEW! THE CONDUCTOR ALEXANDER SLADKOVSKY IN CONVERSATION WITH GREGOR TASSIE

05/07/2018

Alexander Sladkovsky Talks to Gregor Tassie 

Alexander Sladkovsky

The recent highly praised recordings on Melodiya of Mahler and Shostakovich by Sladkovsky’s Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra reveal they are a top-class ensemble sharing comparisons with the finest Russian orchestras in Moscow and St Petersburg. Read more

UPDATED! Zurich Opera in 2018/2019 and Beyond

01/07/2018

Zurich Opera have announced details of next season

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Updated 2 July: Musical Chairs at Zurich Opera – New General Music Director from 2021

Zurich Opera has announced today that its current General Music Director, Fabio Luisi, will leave by mutual agreement as from the start of 2021/2022 season, one year before his contract officially expires.

His successor will be Gianandrea Noseda. Noseda and Luisi are roughly the same age, coming up to 60 in a few years. Read more

NEW! The 2018 Harrogate International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival

23/06/2018

Harrogate International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival, August 2018

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