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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NEW! 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

NEW! 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

NEW! Budapest’s Chamber Music Festival Provides a Glimpse of Not Only an Existential But Also a Political Utopia

13/12/2016

Kamara.hu ‘Turning Point’ – Chamber Music Festival: Izabella Simon and Dénes Várjon (artistic directors), Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, 17-20.11.2016. (TKT)

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Izabella Simon and Dénes Várjon (artistic directors) (c) Andrea Felvégi

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NEW! Opera Buenos Aires 2017 With a Focus On Co-productions

11/12/2016

Opera Buenos Aires 2017

A late in the year announcement for the Teatro Colón’s 2017 season revealed some surprises and a focus on co-productions, along with some bigger ‘names’ than has been the tendency in recent years.

2017 will have the same number of operatic productions as 2016, namely nine. But unlike the current year, they are all part of the subscription series. And for visitors it must be noted, ticket prices are now very much up with likes of, if not exceeding, Covent Garden. Read more

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