Siegfried comes to Saffron Walden

14/01/2017

Saffron Opera Group’s Ring continues on 12 February, 2017

Internationally acclaimed soloists in concert performance

Superb reviews for previous instalments

(Click for Jim Pritchard’s reviews of Das Rheingold and Die Walküre)

SOG Having achieved a host of ecstatic reviews for the first two concert-performance instalments of the Ring Cycle, Saffron Opera Group (SOG) continues its triumphant journey through Wagner’s epic score with Siegfried in Saffron Hall on Sunday 12 February, 2017. Read more

Symphonic Soundscapes: Cadogan Hall and RPO Announce Exclusive Collaboration with Digital App Octava

11/01/2017

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Cadogan Hall and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra announce exclusive collaboration with Octava

Cadogan Hall and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) announce their collaboration with Octava, exclusive to the Orchestra’s Symphonic Soundscapes: The Music of Prokofiev and Sibelius series. Octava is a digital app that delivers real-time programme notes to audiences’ mobile devices during concerts that aims to introduce new audiences to classical music to enhance their concert experience.  Read more

NEW! The 2017 Aldeburgh Festival is from 9 to 25 June

10/01/2017

Aldeburgh Festival 2017: 9 – 25 June 

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  • 50th anniversary of Snape Maltings Concert Hall
  • A new production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Netia Jones
  • First ever Snape Maltings performance of Billy Budd
  • Featured composers in 2017 are Bill Fontana, Olga Neuwirth and Jörg Widmann
  • 13 World premieres at the festival including a new work for soprano and ensemble by Oliver Knussen
  • Residencies from Belgian ensemble Vox Luminis & sitarist Nishat Khan
  • Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine set in a local house near Snape Maltings
  • City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla making her debut at the Festival

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FIVE YOUNG SINGERS JOIN THE JETTE PARKER YOUNG ARTISTS FOR 2017

10/01/2017

NEW JETTE PARKER YOUNG ARTISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2017

rohThe Royal Opera is delighted to announce the five singers who will join the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in September 2017.

American soprano Jacquelyn Stucker

Korean soprano Haegee Lee

Russian mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshina

Korean tenor Kuno Kim

British baritone Dominic Sedgwick Read more

NEW! English National Ballet presents Mary Skeaping’s Giselle at the London Coliseum from 11 – 22 January 2017

03/01/2017

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English National Ballet’s Giselle – the classic ballet by Mary Skeaping 

Click here to read Jim Pritchard’s first night review 

London Coliseum
Wednesday 11 – Sunday 22 January 2017
Performances at 7.30pm (mat at 2.30pm)
Tickets: £14 – £79 
www.ballet.org.uk/giselle    Read more

THE SOPRANO ELISABETH MEISTER: FIGHTING BACK FROM WHAT LIFE THROWS AT YOU AND INSPIRING OTHERS

03/01/2017

Fighting Back From What Life Throws At You And Inspiring Others: Jim Pritchard Interviews The Soprano Elisabeth Meister

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Elisabeth Meister

One of the highlights of the recent concert performance of Die Walküre for the Saffron Opera Group was Elisabeth Meister’s wonderful Sieglinde. Peter Reed in Opera magazine described how ‘gathering depth and brilliance’ she ‘built towards an orchestra-surfing “O hehrstes Wunder!” of pulverizing grandeur’. On this site I said she just ‘got better and better’ and how ‘Meister is an intelligent singer who knows how to project her voice, and she achieved extraordinary heights of passion in Act III without pushing the voice beyond its limits.’ (For full review click here.) I also mentioned how Elisabeth was – with this performance – returning to singing after something of a hiatus to her singing career, which was set to have a meteoric rise after leaving the Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme. Elisabeth has a remarkable – and inspirational – story to tell which involves losing and regaining her singing voice. Read more

NEW! The Grange Festival’s First Season in June and July 2017

31/12/2016

The Grange Festival announces major new events for its first season from 7 June – 9 July 2017 

grangeThe Grange Festival’s Artistic Director Michael Chance, today announced two new performances – Verdi’s Requiem and a ‘Celebration of the Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein and Rodgers & Hart with The John Wilson Orchestra’ – for the first season of the UK’s newest country-house opera festival in June and July 2017.

These events are in addition to the three new opera productions – Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, Bizet’s Carmen and Britten’s Albert Herring – already announced. Read more

NEW! REVIEWERS OF SEEN AND HEARD INTERNATIONAL PICK THEIR BEST OF 2016

23/12/2016

THE BEST OF 2016 FROM REVIEWERS OF SEEN AND HEARD INTERNATIONAL  Read more

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