Pittsburgh Opera will be returning to larger venues in its upcoming season, beginning with Mozart’s The Magic Flute in November. During the height of the COVID pandemic, Pittsburgh Opera was able to combine live performances with limited, socially-distanced audiences and live-streams of each production. For the 2021/2022 season, the company will be returning to the Benedum Center and August Wilson African American Cultural Center, while also staging operas at its headquarters.
The Hallé is delighted to announce its Summer Season of six live, socially distanced concerts in Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall. Each programme will be performed twice at 2.15pm and 7pm, to allow as many people as possible to hear the orchestra live once more. Three of these concerts (3 & 17 June, 22 July) will also be available for online broadcast in the same style as the Hallé’s hugely successful Winter Season.
When Covid restrictions caused the cancellation of the 2020 Three Choirs Festival I regretted that decision on many levels. One of my main disappointments was that the cancellation deprived us of the opportunity to hear the world premiere of a major new work by Gabriel Jackson, The World Imagined. Happily, it has been possible to reschedule the premiere and include it in the plans for the 2021 Three Choirs Festival. I have been an admirer of this composer’s music, especially his choral works, for many years now so the prospect of such a significant new score is enticing. Consequently, I seized the chance to discuss the new work with Gabriel, albeit in a socially distanced way.
For the third time since 2014, contemporary orchestral collectives t a r g a z e present one of their trademark ‘weekender’ festivals of new collaborative work and genre-defying commissions in the liminal realms of new classical, electronic and alternative music The Post-Beethoven-Fest 2021 will be Recorded and streamed from Volksbühne Berlin, 10 and 11 June, 8pm (CET)
CITY OF BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PARTNERS WITH MARQUEE TV
The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) is delighted to announce it has agreed a two-year partnership with the leading arts streaming service, Marquee TV.
Launching on Saturday 5 June, six broadcasts of previously unseen and existing CBSO performances will be released throughout June and July on marquee.tv. Featuring repertoire ranging from Nielsen to Gilbert and Sullivan, the broadcasts will enable global audiences to experience the CBSO, building on the orchestra’s work throughout the pandemic to connect digitally with music-lovers worldwide.
The six-concert series will premiere five previously unseen performances including music by Clyne, Coleridge-Taylor, Dvořák, Glinka, Glazunov, Shaw, Mendelssohn, Nielsen, Saint-Saëns, Sibelius, Takemitsu and Tchaikovsky conducted by Ryan Bancroft,Jonathan Bloxham, Ben Gernon, John Wilson and Kazuki Yamada. Stephen Hough performs Mendelssohn’s First Piano Concerto with Alpesh Chauhan and in a special programme of British light music, John Wilson joins the orchestra to shine a spotlight on Coates, Delius, Elgar, Gilbertand Sullivan and Haydn Wood.
The Grange Festival’s 2021 season (24 June – 24 July)
Summer 2021 sees new productions of La Cenerentola and Manon Lescautas well as a remake of Paul Curran’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The season also includes three staged concert performances of My Fair Lady and spoken theatre for the first time with a new production of Shakespeare’s King Lear
‘The entire event was a credit to Chance for opting for something entirely unpredictable…’
– The Sunday Times review of Precipice, August 2020
The Grange Festival’s 2021 season is set to start on Thursday 24 June 2021 with an exciting programme of opera, a concert staging of a musical and their first ever presentation of spoken theatre. Having had to postpone the 2020 programme, this summer’s festival will see the productions of Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Puccini’sManon Lescaut, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady that would have been performed last summer, as well as a new production of Shakespeare’s King Lear. The Festival’s residency partnership with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra continues with the orchestra accompanying nearly all productions during the 2021 season.
Live performance is back with a bang – Simon Thompson on the 2021 Edinburgh International Festival
Anyone reading this south of Hadrian’s Wall might wonder why we Scots are so especially excited about the return of the Edinburgh International Festival. After all, hasn’t the national lockdown been over for several months now, and haven’t we had plenty of opportunities for live music since the pandemic?