Choir of Merton College Oxford’s Passiontide at Merton festival returns from 8 to 10 April 2022

Once More, With Passion

Award-winning Choir of Merton College Oxford marks return of Passiontide at Merton festival (8-10 April 2022) with compelling programme of music ancient and modern

Highlights include Mozart’s Mass in C minor, world premieres of works by Francis Grier, recent compositions by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Judith Bingham and James MacMillan, and sublime sacred polyphony by Gesualdo, Tallis, Byrd and Lassus

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The Metropolitan Opera in 2022-23

The Metropolitan Opera announces the most new productions in ten seasons, featuring the world-premiere staging of The Hours, the company premieres of Champion and Medea, and four more: FedoraLohengrinDon Giovanni, and Die Zauberflöte.

Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will conduct The Hours, LohengrinChampion, and La bohème

The roster of artists includes Roberto Alagna, Piotr Beczała, Angel Blue, Javier Camarena, Lise Davidsen, Joyce DiDonato, Renée Fleming, Christine Goerke, Ryan Speedo Green, Kelli O’Hara, Matthew Polenzani, Sondra Radvanovsky, Sonya Yoncheva, and more

Debuting conductors include Manfred Honeck, Nathalie Stutzmann, and Jaap van Zweden

Ten operas will be transmitted live to cinemas across the globe as part of The Met: Live in HD series


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Bernard Jacobsen (right) with Andrzej Panufnik

London-born Bernard Jacobsen was a long-time contributor to MusicWeb International (where a 2006 biography can be found by clicking here), as well as Seen and Heard International and we are deeply saddened by news of his passing. We send our condolesences to his wife Laura and their family in the hope they will remember all the happier times with Bernard during these sad days. 

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Ballet Icons 2022 celebrates Sergei Diaghilev’s 150th on 13 March at the London Coliseum

ENSEMBLE PRODUCTIONS PRESENT BALLET ICONS GALA 2022 A superb evening of world class ballet – CELEBRATING 150th ANNIVERSARY OF SERGEI DIAGHILEV On Sunday 13 March 2022 at the LONDON COLISEUM at 7pm NOW CANCELLED The annual BALLET ICONS GALA, presented by Ensemble Productions, celebrates the 150th anniversary of Sergei Diaghilev, the legendary creator of the … Read more

Semyon Bychkov leads his Czech Philharmonic around Europe on a Spring tour ending at the Barbican

Czech Philharmonic conducted by Semyon Bychkov (Chief Conductor & Music Director) at the Batbican Centre, London, on 15 and 16 March 2022 

Semyon Bychkov (c) Umberto Nicoletti

On 15 and 16 March, the Czech Philharmonic return to London with their Chief Conductor and Music Director Semyon Bychkov for the first time since 2019. Forming the centrepiece of their two evenings at the Barbican Centre is Smetana’s iconic Má vlast (My Homeland), a cycle of six symphonic poems which has become inextricably linked with both the history of the Czech Philharmonic and that of the Czech Republic. Also being performed at the Barbican are Dvořak’s Symphony No.8, Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass with City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus and Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.1 with Yuja Wang, Czech Philharmonic 2021-22 Artist-in-Residence.

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The Glyndebourne Tour returns this autumn with a new production of La bohème

The Glyndebourne Tour returns this autumn with performances at Glyndebourne, Milton Keynes, Canterbury, Norwich and Liverpool, accompanied by an exciting new programme of community activity.

As in 2021, Glyndebourne will take two world-class opera productions and one concert on the road – this year, Puccini’s La bohème and Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, and Mozart’s Requiem (the latter following the success of last autumn’s Handel’s Messiah concert).

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Verdi’s La forza del destino gets a new staging and new orchestration from Regents Opera

Regents Opera (formerly Fulham Opera) present La forza del destino
16 February – 5 March 2022 at St John’s Church, Fulham, London


  • Regents Opera (the new name for Fulham Opera) to stage Verdi’s La forza del destino
  • New orchestration for 11 instruments by Ben Woodward
  • New production directed by Rory Fazan
  • Regents Opera are the most ambitious fringe opera company in London, having staged numerous major works including Don Carlo, Falstaff, Die Meistersinger and a complete Ring cycle since their founding in 2011
  • Recent 5star Opera Now review and 4star The Times review for 2021 Die ägyptische Helena

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