The Flying Dutchman in Birmingham next week is the UK’s first Black- and Asian-led Wagner production

Ambitious and diverse production of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman to be performed at Birmingham’s Bradshaw Hall on 7, 10 and 13 July 2024

The first Black- and Asian-led Wagner production in the UK, the project aims to break down racial barriers within the opera sector. This production of Wagner will be performed and seen by many people of mixed ethnic heritage who may never have experienced opera before.

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Artistic Director Cameron Menzies and baritone Yuriy Yurchuk talk about Northern Ireland Opera

Robert Beattie in conversation with Cameron Menzies, Artistic Director of Northern Ireland Opera, and baritone Yuriy Yurchuk

Cameron Menzies in Belfast’s Grand Opera House © James Ward Lost Lenscap Photography

I have been reviewing Northern Ireland Opera’s productions for some years (links to some of my reviews can be found here). I have been struck both by the very high quality and infinite variety of their productions. They have produced a string of more conventional operatic productions, including La bohème, La traviata and Tosca which have received glowing reviews from the Press. Opera Magazine commented: ‘Northern Ireland Opera’s La traviata suggests that the artistic director Cameron Menzies has at long last realised the region’s ambition to have a grand opera company truly deserving of the name.’

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Southbank Sinfonia at St John’s Smith Square rebrands as Sinfonia Smith Square

Southbank Sinfonia at St John’s Smith Square enters a new era as it announces rebrand to Sinfonia Smith Square

The newly rebranded Sinfonia Smith Square marks the start of an exciting new chapter in the organisation’s history. In April 2021, the renowned venue St John’s Smith Square merged with the much-loved Southbank Sinfonia to become one organisation, Southbank Sinfonia at St John’s Smith Square.

Now, in June 2024, the merged organisation is relaunching as Sinfonia Smith Square.

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Oxford International Song Festival 2024 – 11 to 26 October

Oxford International Song Festival
Cities of Song: People, Places, Music
11 to 26 October 2024

In its 23rd year, Oxford International Song Festival announces its most ambitious programme to date. Across 70 events, audiences can hear world-leading artists, discover bright new talent, and explore some of the cities that inspired and influenced composers via a series of insightful ‘Song Connections’ events. Music ranges from the Baroque to the present day, and the song recitals are complemented by chamber and choral music performances.

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