Glyndebourne Opera’s Dialogue of the Carmelites stuns at the BBC Proms 

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Prom 31 – Poulenc, Dialogues des Carmélites: Soloists, Chorus of Glyndebourne Festival Opera, London Philharmonic Orchestra / Robin Ticciati (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 7.8.2023. (JR)

Katarina Dalayman (Madame de Croissy) © Sisi Burn

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In Gstaad, pianist Yoav Levanon is an ideal combination of interpretative insight and youthful élan.

SwitzerlandSwitzerland Menuhin Gstaad Festival 2023 [1] – Matinée des Jeunes Étoiles IV: Schumann, Rachmaninov: Yoav Levanon (piano). Gstaad Chapel, Gstaad, Switzerland. 5.8.2023. (CC)

Yoav Levanon plays Schumann and Rachmaninov at the Menuhin Gstaad Festival 2023

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Iestyn Davies sings Handel and still sounds terrific, even when he is unwell

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Edinburgh International Festival 2023 [3] – Handel: Iestyn Davies (countertenor), Jupiter Ensemble / Thomas Dunford (director/lute). Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, 7.8.2023. (SRT)

Ensemble Jupiter (Thomas Dunford. front centre) © Julien Benhamou

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Contrasting pair of concerts shed light on Nicola Benedetti’s vision for the Edinburgh International Festival

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Edinburgh International Festival 2023 [2]: (SRT)

First Night at The Hub – Pianist Orion Weiss accompanies violinist Nicola Benedetti © Andrew Perry

Where Do We Go From Here? – Jennifer France (soprano), Nicola Benedetti and Tom Service (presenters), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Ryan Wigglesworth (conductor), Usher Hall, 6.8.2023.

Hans AbrahamsenLet me tell you
Helen GrimeVirga
Elizabeth Ogonek as though birds
Mark-Anthony TurnageThree Screaming Popes

First Night at The Hub – Various musicians including Nicola Benedetti and Stefan Jackiw (violin), Geza & The 5 DeViLs, Orion Weiss (piano), The Hub, 6.8.2023.

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Buddha Passion is an adventurous choice to open the Edinburgh International Festival 2023

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Edinburgh International Festival 2023 [1] – Tan Dun, Buddha Passion: Edinburgh Festival Chorus, RSNO Youth Chorus, Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Tan Dun (conductor). Usher Hall, 5.8.2023. (SRT)

Buddha Passion at the Edinburgh International Festival © Jess Shurte

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Honest commitment and intensity from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at the Proms

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Prom 24 – Karabits, Mozart, Rachmaninov: Felix Klieser (horn), Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / Kirill Karabits (conductor).  Royal Albert Hall, London, 24.7.2023. (CS)

Felix Klieser with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kirill Karabits © BBC/Mark Allan

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