NEW! The 2018 Lucerne Summer Festival

15/11/2017

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Preview of the 2018 Lucerne Summer Festival – 17th August to 16th September

The festival theme of ‘Childhood’ will highlight works by composers related to childhood, programmes for young concertgoers, and the ‘child prodigy’ phenomenon.

Riccardo Chailly and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra will devote themselves to music by Stravinsky and Mozart, Ravel and Debussy, Wagner and Bruckner; Lang Lang will be the soloist for the opening concert.

‘Kosmos Stockhausen’ – a retrospective of the composer Karlheinz Stockhausen – will mark his 90th birthday. The Lucerne Festival Academy, together with Peter Eötvös, Lin Liao, David Fulmer, Gergely Madaras, Sir Simon Rattle, Matthias Pintscher, and Duncan Ward, will perform Inori, Gruppen, and other works. Sir Simon Rattle will conduct Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges.

Fritz Hauser will be composer-in-residence; the cellist Sol Gabetta and the director Dan Tanson will appear as ‘artistes étoiles’. Read more

NEW! Contemporary Music from Manchester’s Psappha in 2017-18

15/09/2017

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Psappha’s 2017-18 Season

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Psappha, Manchester’s professional contemporary classical music ensemble, launches its 2017-18 season on 26 Octobe at Hallé St Peter’s, Ancoats, with two UK premières; Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Penelope and Molly Joyce’s Rave. Read more

NEW! Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov’s Return to London in May 2018

04/07/2017

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SUPERSTARS ANNA NETREBKO AND YUSIF EYVAZOV’S RETURN TO LONDON’S ROYAL ALBERT HALL ON WEDNESDAY 23 MAY 2018

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Two of opera’s biggest stars, soprano Anna Netrebko and tenor Yusif Eyvazov return to London for an evening of arias, songs and duets in London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall. Performing a dazzling mix of works by Verdi, Puccini, Cilea, Boito, Mascagni, Catalani and others they’re accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. Read more

NEW! St John’s Smith Square announces its 2017/18 Season

23/06/2017

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St John’s Smith Square has announced its 2017/18 Season

In a characteristic programme, punctuated by a range of Festival celebrations, St John’s Smith Square continues its core mission to provide a home for Baroque music within the UK’s only concert hall dating from the Baroque period while equally championing new music. International artists sit comfortably alongside emerging talent and St John’s Smith Square also continues to provide a vital and unique central London home for the best in community music. Read more

NEW! The Pierre Boulez Saal’s 2017/18 Season in Berlin

08/06/2017

Daniel Barenboim Unveils The Pierre Boulez Saal’s 2017/18 Season in Berlin

pbs Daniel Barenboim and Ole Bækhøj announced the second season of the Pierre Boulez Saal on Thursday, June 8 in Berlin. In the spirit of Pierre Boulez, flexibility, openness, and musical curiosity will remain the essential ideas for the 2017–18 programme. Contemporary music will stand side by side with chamber music masterworks of the Classic and Romantic eras and major compositions of the 20th century. Read more

NEW! The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s 2017/18 Season

01/05/2017

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has announced details of its 2017-18 season, the second of Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla’s tenure as Osborn Music Director

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Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla (c) Frans Jansen.

In 2016/17 her appearances with the orchestra were somewhat limited – from memory just 8 were scheduled in Birmingham. However, that was clearly a transitional phase: she would have had diary commitments made prior to accepting the Birmingham post and, I suppose, the orchestra would also have had to engage well in advance quite a number of guest conductors. The 2017/18 season properly shows how committed she is to the post for she will conduct 22 concerts in Birmingham alone. Read more

UPDATED! English National Opera’s 2017/18 Season

27/04/2017

ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA ANNOUNCES ITS 2017/18 SEASON

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  • ENO’s 2017/18 season features four new productions and five revivals at the London Coliseum, supported by a number of projects in other venues
  • Daniel Kramer directs his first opera as ENO Artistic Director, a new production of La traviata starring Claudia Boyle in her role debut as Violetta
  • Martyn Brabbins begins his first full season as ENO Music Director, conducting performances of Marnie and The Marriage of Figaro
  • ENO presents the world premiere of Nico Muhly’s latest opera, Marnie, directed by Michael Mayer and conducted by Martyn Brabbins
  • A new production of Verdi’s Aida opens the 17/18 season, conducted by Keri-Lynn Wilson. After sell-out performances of his Olivier Award-winning Akhnaten, Phelim McDermott returns to direct [For a review of the season’s opening performance CLICK HERE]
  • Cal McCrystal directs a new production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe, starring ENO Harewood Artist Samantha Price in the title role alongside ENO favourites Andrew Shore and Yvonne Howard
  • Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and ENO present a new production of The Turn of the Screw, directed by multiple Olivier Award-winner and Artistic Director of the Open Air Theatre, Timothy Sheader. ENO Mackerras Fellow Toby Purser conducts
  • Revivals of audience favourites include Jonathan Miller’s The Barber of Seville, Richard Jones’s Rodelinda, Phelim McDermott’s Satyagraha, Robert Carsen’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Fiona Shaw’s The Marriage of Figaro
  • A raft of exciting British conductors new to ENO includes Leo McFall, Alexander Soddy and Hilary Griffiths. Keri-Lynn Wilson and Karen Kamensek return after acclaimed debuts in the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons respectively
  • Over 93% of cast and conductors in the 2017/18 season are British born, trained or resident. Rodelinda, Iolanthe and Satyagraha all feature casts that are entirely British born, trained or resident
  • More than 15 principal roles across the 17/18 season will be taken by current or former ENO Harewood Artists.
  • Over 39,500 tickets are available for £20 or less across the 17/18 season (500 for every performance)

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NEW! The Royal Opera House Announces its 2017/18 Season

07/04/2017

Season 2017/18 at the Royal Opera House

ROHThe Royal Opera House’s annual announcement of its coming season brought presentations from all the Garden’s big guns. This was the first time a presentation had been given by Oliver Mears, the new Director of Opera (although given the long planning involved in these things, he was reticent to give a date at which his own stamp will be evident). Chief Executive Alex Beard was there, as was Sir Antonio Pappano, Deborah MacMillan (widow of Kenneth MacMillan), Kevin O’Hare (Director of The Royal Ballet) and Sarah Crabtree (senior producer).

The 2017/18 season is an exciting one, ranging from the world premiere of George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence (on the back of the success of Written on Skin and again with Martin Crimp as writer and Katie Mitchell as director; May 2018) through new productions of Lohengrin and Semiramide – and Carmen and Bohème – to the exciting announcement of a staging of Janáček’s From the House of the Dead. Read more

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