R.I.P. Claire Seymour (1970-2024)

It is with great sadness that we announce the recent sudden and unexpected death of Claire Seymour. After falling ill at the New Year and after a spell in hospital all seemed well and she was as active as ever working with students, marking exams, reviewing, researching and being an invaluable help to Gary Hoffman’s Opera Today and my Seen and Heard International.

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English National Ballet in 2024/25: New Season, New Nutcracker

English National Ballet’s 75th Season

  • World premiere of English National Ballet’s new production of Nutcracker choreographed by Artistic Director, Aaron S. Watkin and Arielle Smith
  • The Forsythe Programme to be performed at Sadler’s Wells, featuring the world premiere of a new work created for English National Ballet by William Forsythe
  • Akram Khan’s Giselle returns to London for the first time since 2019
  • English National Ballet marks its 75th Season with a free, 10-day digital celebration
  • Extensive programme of Engagement work offered alongside performances

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The Callas Imprint: A Centennial Biography available now

In December 2023 Sophia Lambton’s The Callas Imprint: A Centennial Biography finally came out

Twelve years in the making, reaps 3395 sources spanning 80 years across twenty-one countries to swivel readers through the singer’s on- and offstage scenes — escorting them through the confounding double life of all performers.

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Opera Philadelphia in 2024-2025

Opera Philadelphias 2024-25 season to feature works by Missy Mazzoli, Joseph Bologne & Mozart

Opera Philadelphia’s 2024-25 season will open in September with the American premiere of The Listeners by Missy Mazzoli, with a libretto by Royce Vavrek. Co-commissioned by Opera Philadelphia, Norwegian National Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago, the opera is based on Jordan Tannahill’s novel of the same name. It is an electrifying thriller about social rejection, suburban loneliness and the seductive power of cults and charismatic leaders in a divided nation.

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Ellen Kent’s 2024 tour features the Ukrainian Opera & Ballet Theatre Kyiv in Carmen and Madama Butterfly

Ellen Kent Opera – Spring 2024 Tour Senbla, by arrangement with Opera International, proudly presents two Ellen Kent productions featuring the Ukrainian Opera & Ballet Theatre Kyiv with international soloists, highly praised chorus and full orchestra Award-winning producer Ellen Kent returns with the Ukrainian Opera & Ballet Theatre Kyiv and presents stunning classical productions of … Read more

Colin Clarke in conversation with Gavin Higgins and Ben Goldscheider about a new horn concerto

Gavin Higgins’s Horn Concerto’s London premiere: Colin Clarke discusses it with the composer and soloist

(l-r) conductor Jaime Martin, Gavin Higgins and Ben Goldscheider © Yusef Bastawy

It is not every day a new horn concerto is premiered. On Wednesday, February 7 Gavin Higgins‘s concerto receives its London premiere by the London Chamber Orchestra under Christopher Warren-Green, with Ben Goldscheider as soloist. The piece appears in the company of music by Elizabeth Maconchy (Music for Strings), another Horn Concerto (Mozart No.4), and Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony (a report will appear on this site).

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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra remembers the late Christopher Gunning on 10 March 2024

Composer Christopher Gunning Remembered in Concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra hosted by Poirot Actor Philip Jackson

Christopher Gunning © Julie Edwards

On Sunday 10 March 2024, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra presents a concert dedicated to the memory of composer Christopher Gunning at London’s Cadogan Hall to raise funds for Help Musicians.

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