UPDATED! 2019-20 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

14/05/2019

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The annual revealing of the upcoming season details for the Royal Opera and the Royal Ballet, this year in the Linbury Theatre, set against the dark set for that evening’s production of Phaedra, promised no less than 17 new productions (including six world premieres), while the Royal Opera itself presents 24 co-productions, co-commissions and partnerships. Read more

Bregenz Festival 17 July – 18 August 2019

14/05/2019

Bregenz Festival 2019

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This year’s Bregenz Festival (the 74th in its history) brings us, as its main open-air opera, Verdi’s Rigoletto. There will be 25 performances starting on 17th July and ending on 18th August. Massenet’s Don Quichotte is also showcased, with just three performances inside the Festspielhaus, on 18th, 21st and 29th July.

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Sergei Polunin and Friends at London Palladium 28 May – 1 June 2019

09/05/2019

SERGEI POLUNIN & JOHAN KOBBORG STAR IN A NEW MIXED BILL 

AT THE LONDON PALLADIUM OPENING 28 MAY 2019

PROGRAMME ANNOUNCED INCLUDING WORLD PREMIERE OF ‘RASPUTIN’

International ballet stars Sergei Polunin and Johan Kobborg will perform in a new mixed programme at the London Palladium from 28 May to 1 June 2019.  The programme on 28, 29 and 30 May will feature three one-act ballets: Fraudulent Smile, Paradox and Sacré. The programme on 31 May and 1 June will feature the world premiere of Rasputin. Read more

English National Ballet Announces Winners of Emerging Dancer 2019

08/05/2019

English National Ballet is pleased to announce the winner of the 2019 Emerging Dancer Award is Julia Conway.

Julia Conway receiving her award from host Adam Cooper (left)
and dancing the Flames of Paris pas de deux with Rentaro Nakaaki (right)

Having performed the Flames of Paris pas de deux with partner Rentaro Nakaaki and Untitled Code, a solo by choreographed by Rambert dancer Miguel Altunaga, Julia Conway was announced as winner on stage at Sadler’s Wells – and livestreamed to audiences across the world on Tuesday 7 May 2019 – by Artistic Director of English National Ballet, Tamara Rojo. Read more

CONDUCTOR THOMAS SANDERLING IN CONVERSATION WITH GREGOR TASSIE

04/05/2019

Thomas Sanderling talks to Gregor Tassie

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NEW! City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 2019-20

03/05/2019

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City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra launches centenary celebrations with ambitious 2019-2020 season

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2019 Elgar Festival in Worcester from 30 May to 2 June

25/04/2019

2019 Elgar Festival: 30 May – 2 June 2019

Festivals abound in the UK and here’s another one and one specific to a composer with an international reputation yet inextricably associated with England and Wales and with the city of his birth. Straddling the end of May and the start of June this year the City of Worcester and the English Symphony Orchestra hold the 2019 Elgar Festival. Read more

YOUNG RUSSIAN PIANIST ALEXANDRA DOVGAN TALKS TO GREGOR TASSIE

25/04/2019

Alexandra Dovgan in conversation with Gregor Tassie

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The eleven-year-old Alexandra Dovgan was honoured by opening the Ninth Rakhlin International Music Festival in Kazan playing Mendelssohn’s First Piano Concerto together with Alexander Sladkovsky’s outstanding Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra, an event (review click here) which I attended together with journalists from Israel, St Petersburg, and Moscow. Read more

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