NI Opera returns to Belfast’s Lyric Theatre in February 2022 with Into The Woods

Northern Ireland Opera (NI Opera) announces its return to Belfast’s Lyric Theatre next February 2022 to stage Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s Into The Woods, one of the most iconic and popular shows in the musical theatre canon, richly laden with symbolism, magic and metaphor. (Sadly, Sondheim passed away recently and for Seen and Heard‘s tribute click here.)

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Interview with Daniel Grossmann, founder, conductor and artistic director of the Jewish Chamber Orchestra Munich Antoine Lévy-Leboyer (ALL): How did you start the Jewish Chamber Orchestra Munich? Daniel Grossmann (DG): So, I had this idea in 1999. I was 21 years old. I grew up in Munich and did not like the way the Jewish … Read more


Jakub Józef Orliński talks to Rick Perdian Jakub Józef Orliński became an international sensation in 2017 with a YouTube video of him singing an aria, ‘Vedro con mio diletto’, from Vivaldi’s opera Il Giustino. Rather than the fiery coloratura Baroque showpieces that he often sings, the Polish countertenor performed a smoothly flowing love song with … Read more

Ballet Icons Gala 2021 is back on stage at the London Coliseum on 26 November

A superb evening of world class ballet – BACK ON STAGE – CELEBRATION OF DANCE
Friday November 26th 2021 at the LONDON COLISEUM at 7pm
Tickets: £30-£175
Box office: 020 7845 9300 (London Coliseum ticket link here)

Maria Kochetkova and Daniil Simkin in La Sylphide (c) Jack Devant

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Lucerne Summer Festival 2022 – 9 August to 11 September 

‘Diversity’ is the theme of the Lucerne Summer Festival 2022

Lucerne Festival Orchestra to perform with Music Director Riccardo Chailly as well as Jakub Hrůša
The Chineke! Youth Orchestra and the Chineke! Orchestra, respectively, will appear at the beginning and end of the Festival
The Lucerne Festival Academy and the LFCO will focus on the work of composer-in-residence Thomas Adès and collaborate with ‘artiste étoile’ Tyshawn Sorey.
Both the composer and multifaceted instrumentalist Tyshawn Sorey and the soprano Angel Blue will be ‘artistes étoiles.’
22 orchestras will make guest appearances in Lucerne over a single month; in addition to the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras and the Royal Concertgebouworkest, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra are scheduled to appear.

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Opera Holland Park’s ‘Pay What you Feel’ screenings of William Walton’s The Bear

Opera Holland Park releases a new online production of William Walton’s The Bear

‘If there’s going to be equality between the sexes, then let us have it!’

Richard Burkhard (Smirnov), Clare Presland (Popova), John Savournin (Luka) and John Andrews (conductor) in The Bear © Laima Arlauskaite

For our review CLICK HERE

An angry creditor, a reclusive widow, a loyal servant and a pair of pistols are the ingredients for an unlikely romance in William Walton’s adaptation of Chekhov’s comedy.

Filmed and recorded live on location in Stone House over two days in April 2021, Walton’s witty one-act opera reunites the cast and creative team of Opera Holland Park’s acclaimed 2019 production of Il segreto di Susanna.

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