Sacred Music in August Surroundings: Tewkesbury Abbey (August 1-7); Edington Priory (August 21-28)
Music-lovers who appreciate hearing sacred music within a liturgical context have plenty to look forward to in August when two well established music festivals take place. Read more
John Joubert’s Jane Eyre Opera to Receive its First Professional Performance
British/South African composer, John Joubert is an august and much-loved figure in British musical life. Perhaps his most popular work is his choral piece, Torches written in 1952 for his wife’s primary school. It is said to be “one of the best-loved carols of modern times.” He has written upwards of 150 works in all genres. The catalogue is wide-ranging and impressive. Read more
Inside and Outside Conducting: Geoffrey Newman Interviews Christopher Seaman
Classical Opera announces 2016/17 season – 8 September 2016 – 23 June 2017
Classical Opera – the leading Mozart specialist and period-instrument ensemble – today announces its 2016/17 season. Under the inspiring leadership of conductor and artistic director, Ian Page, the programme encompasses two staged productions, the continuation of the ground-breaking MOZART 250 series, two European tours, a return to Middle Temple Hall and the latest CD release in the company’s complete Mozart Opera Cycle. Now in its third year, the twenty-seven-year MOZART 250 project follows the chronological trajectory of the composer’s life, works and influences. Read more
The Glimmerglass Festival Announces 2017 Lineup – Festival Guests to include William Burden, Theodore Chapin, Paige Hernandez, Stephen Schwartz, David Sedaris and more.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – The Glimmerglass Festival, which presents four mainstage productions of opera and musical theater as well as many events every summer, has released the details of its 2017 schedule.
The 2017 Festival will include mainstage productions of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, Handel’s Xerxes and Donizetti’s The Siege of Calais. The season also includes the world premiere of Stomping Grounds, a piece from Victor Simonson and Paige Hernandez that blends hip-hop, spoken word and opera, and Derrick Wang’s opera Scalia/Ginsburg, starring 2017 Artist in Residence William Burden. Read more
BAYREUTH FESTIVAL 2016 RINGS THE CHANGES Read more
VICTOR HOCHAUSER PRESENTS –
THE BOLSHOI BALLET AT THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE FROM Monday 25 July TO Saturday 13 August 2016 Read more
Piotr Beczała in conversation with Michael Cookson
It was wonderful to have the opportunity to interview star international tenor Piotr Beczała whom I met in the lounge of his Dresden hotel. There was a great feeling of anticipation in the city for the revival of Christine Mielitz’s Lohengrin at the Semperoper as in few days time. Piotr was to sing the title role with Anna Netrebko as Elsa; their first Wagner roles. Read more