NEW! Twelve Years of Celebrating Malcolm Arnold in Northampton

18/10/2017

The 12th Malcolm Arnold Festival. Royal and Derngate and St Matthew’s Church, Northampton, 14-15.10.2017 (RBa)

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NEW! Hampstead Garden Opera Bring The Enchanted Pig to Highgate in November

17/10/2017

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The Enchanted Pig by Jonathan Dove                                    

Libretto by Alasdair Middleton                                                                   

Nov 10th to 19th, 2017

Nov 10th to 19th, at Jacksons Lane Theatre in Highgate, Hampstead Garden Opera will present a magical new production of Jonathan Dove’s The Enchanted Pig, directed by Laura Attridge.  This will be the company’s second Jonathan Dove opera, following on from their critically acclaimed 2013 production of Mansfield Park.  Having been commissioned and first produced by the Young Vic, this captivating opera is a wonderful tapestry of musical and theatrical styles. Humorous yet touching, Dove has created a deeply lovable work which can be enjoyed by the whole family. Read more

NEW! What is the Critic’s Job? A Review of A. O. Scott’s Recent Book

16/10/2017

INSIGHTFUL SENSE

Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty and Truth by A. O. Scott.  Penguin, 291pp (available from Amazon)

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NEW! Leeds Lieder’s Forthcoming Schubert Song Series in Leeds and Sheffield

11/10/2017

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Schubert Song Series, University of Leeds   

Held in the Clothworkers’ Centenary Concert Hall, and in association with the BBC New Generation Artists, Kathleen Ferrier Awards and Young Concert Artists Trust, the songs of Schubert are explored in a series that champions the finest young British-trained Lieder singers. Pre-concert talks will illuminate the programmes and explore Schubert’s song repertoire and that of his contemporaries. Masterclasses will be staged to work with student song duos. Read more

NEW! English Music Festival in Yorkshire Lifts the Lid Off an English Treasury

10/10/2017

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Stanford, Ireland, Holst, Moeran, Alwyn, Delius, Howells, Milford, Vaughan Williams, W. S. Lloyd Webber, Cyril Scott, Fogg, Brian, Phibbs, Pantcheff, Bach, Butterworth, Orr, Somervell, Finzi, Armstrong Gibbs: Rupert Marshall-Luck (violin), Joseph Spooner (cello), Duncan Honeybourne (piano, organ), Rebeca Omordia (piano), Christopher Foster (bass), Kathryn Moseley (piano). The English Music Festival. St Andrew’s Church, Aysgarth, Leyburn, Yorkshire, 6-8.10.2017. (RBa) Read more

UPDATED! Svetlana Zakharova and Bolshoi Stars Bring AMORE to the London Coliseum in November

09/10/2017

For London Coliseum First Night review click here.

AMORE starring Svetlana Zakharova and stars of the Bolshoi

November 21th, 24th and 25th at 7.30pm

AMORE featuring Svetlana Zakharova in Francesca da Rimini photo by Roberto Ricci

AMORE featuring Svetlana Zakharova in Francesca da Rimini (c) Roberto Ricci

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NEW! Opera Philadelphia’s Inaugural O17 Festival

08/10/2017

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A Modest Tribute to Opera Philadelphia’s Inaugural O17 Festival

This will not be a review in the usual acceptation of the term. My intention is merely to offer a modest tribute to Opera Philadelphia for the sense of burgeoning artistic enterprise it has shown in the six years since David Devan took over as general director. That progress has now been emphasized by O17, a two-week festival inaugurating the company’s 2017/18 presentations, and set to become a regular feature of coming seasons also. Read more

NEW! Tom Green and Carol Ann Duffy’s The World’s Wife Premieres on 15 October in Cardiff

03/10/2017

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Carol Ann Duffy’s The World’s Wife poetry collection becomes a chamber opera by trailblazing young composer Tom Green 

World Premiere on Sun 15 Oct 2017, WNO’s Millennium Centre (Weston Studio), Cardiff 

Up-and-coming British composer Tom Green’s first chamber opera The World’s Wife – based on Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy’s 1999 collection of poems of the same title – will receive its world première at Welsh National Opera’s Millennium Centre (Weston Studio) in Cardiff on Sunday 15 October 2017. The first performance will be followed by a six-date Welsh tour stopping in Brecon, Swansea, Holyhead, Aberystwyth, Caernarfon, and Milford Haven. Read more

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