2021 Grimeborn Opera Festival: three Hackney Empire performances of Die Walküre in August

A thrilling new production of Wagner’s Die Walküre will headline the 2021 Grimeborn Opera Festival

Wagner’s Die Walküre headlines the 2021 Grimeborn Opera Festival and is staged over three nights at Hackney Empire in a version by Jonathan Dove not seen in London since its premiere in the 1990s. Other festival productions will be staged in Arcola’s exciting new covered outdoor venue, Arcola Outside.

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Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich in 2021/22

New Season’s Preview: Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich 2021/2022

Tonhalle, Zurich (c) Georg Aerni

The Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich has just announced its new season’s programme. The orchestra moves back into its splendidly renovated old hall, the Tonhalle, down by the lake. It has taken four years to re-paint, re-gild, put in a new floor, seats, air-cooling and humidity system, create a terrace with a view of the lake and the Alps and modernise backstage. A new organ has been installed, and I can testify it sounds magnificent. Everyone looks forward to the opening of the new season, in the ‘new old hall’. ‘See you am See’ (See you by the lake) is the orchestra’s current slogan – typically, partly in English, partly in German.

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London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2021/22


The London Philharmonic Orchestra today announced its 2021/22 season at the Royal Festival Hall, featuring 34 concerts of brilliantly curated programmes performed by many of the world’s leading musicians – and all in front of live audiences.

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San Francisco Opera in 2021/22

An unusual 2021-2022 season for San Francisco Opera

SFO’s new music director Eun Sun Kim (c) Marc Olivier Le Blanc

San Francisco Opera’s upcoming 2021-2022 season looks very different from anything they have ever done. It is not the repertory – which consists of familiar works by Mozart, Beethoven and Puccini and a reprise of one of its more successful contemporary commissions – but the format.

Live performances in the War Memorial Opera House for the first time since December 2019 feature five fully staged operas and two concerts. For the first time in the company’s history, operas will not be run in repertory. Instead, they are spread out to allow three weeks between opera runs, a concession to COVID-19 protocols.

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The London Opera Company’s Die Walküre at St John’s Church, Waterloo, on Saturday 3 July

The London Opera Company will perform a new semi-staged production of Wagner’s Die Walküre at St John’s Church, Waterloo, London on Saturday 3 July 2021, with a company of top-flight international singers and musicians. The London Opera Company formed last summer to give fellow musicians and international opera singers who had lost their work to … Read more

Leeds Lieder four-day festival – 17 to 20 June 2021

Leeds Lieder, the finest festival of art song in the North, returns from 17-20 June 2021

Its most diverse and ambitious programme yet is hosted for the first time by Leeds Town Hall and director Joseph Middleton has devised a covid-secure festival celebrating the multifaceted art of song. The programme includes appearances from Alice Coote, Mark Padmore, Iestyn Davies, James Gilchrist, Roderick Williams, Carolyn Sampson, Ema Nikolovska, William Thomas and pianists Graham Johnson, Iain Burnside, Anna Tilbrook, Joseph Middleton and Christian Blackshaw.

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