Lucerne Festival’s plans for Summer 2021

Lucerne Festival hopes and expects their summer festival to go ahead as planned. Advance ticket sales for the Summer Festival start on 27 April 2021; the detailed programme will be published on 13 April. The festival will feature the symphonies of Anton Bruckner. Herbert Blomstedt and the Vienna Philharmonic will take on his Fourth, the … Read more

Garsington Opera has announced its 2021 season


Der Rosenkavalier opens the season on 2 June and we welcome back Miah Persson, who triumphed in Strauss’s Capriccio in 2018, as the Marschallin, Hanna Hipp (Fantasio 2019) as Octavian and Soraya Mafi (Falstaff 2018) as Sophie. American bass-baritone makes his Garsington Opera debut as Baron Ochs and British mezzo-soprano Kitty Whately as Annina. Richard Burkhard (Fidelio 2020) is Faninal. Jordan de Souza also makes his debut conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra. Director Bruno Ravella (Falstaff 2018) is joined by designer Gary McCann and lighting designer Malcolm Rippeth for this new co-production with Irish National Opera.

For the digital brochure click here.

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Rosenblatt Recitals at Home in aid of Target Ovarian Cancer – details of the programmes and a review

Rosenblatt Recitals at Home


Twenty years after the launch of Rosenblatt Recitals and three years after the final concert, the series has returned in digital form to present a season of eight themed programmes – Rosenblatt Recitals at Home, in aid of Target Ovarian Cancer.

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The Royal Opera House presents Current, Rising, the world’s first opera in hyper reality

Current, Rising

Current, Rising (c) Figment Productions

From 19 December 2020 the Royal Opera House will present the world’s first opera in hyper reality: Current, Rising – a unique collaboration between the Royal Opera House’s innovation programme, Audience Labs, award-winning Figment Productions and Royal Holloway, University of London.

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The Hallé announces its Winter 2020-21 Season


The Hallé is delighted to announce its Winter Season: nine concerts streamed from the Hallé’s Manchester homes, The Bridgewater Hall and Hallé St Peter’s in Ancoats.

The orchestra’s Music Director, Sir Mark Elder, who has been such a leading advocate for music during this time, will conduct five concerts alongside the family of Hallé conductors. They include Assistant Conductor and winner of the 2020 Siemens Hallé International Conductors Competition Delyana Lazarova, former Assistant Conductor Jonathon Heyward, Associate Pops Conductor Stephen Bell and Artist in Residence Henning Kraggerud. Special guest artists will include Jess Gillam, Isata Kanneh-Mason, Roderick Williams, Boris Giltburg and director Annabel Arden.

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City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra announce three concerts for November and December

Centenary of the First Concert

  • Recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at 7.30pm on Tuesday 17th November
  • Available to view via the CBSO website from 6pm on Thursday 19th November – Friday 18th December
  • View concert information on the CBSO website click here
  • Tickets on sale now, costing £10

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla – conductor
Sheku Kanneh-Mason – cello

Sibelius Lemminkainen’s Return
Sibelius The Swan of Tuonela
Elgar Cello Concerto
Beethoven Leonore Overture No.3

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Opera North in 2020-2021 – livestreams and future plans


The Seven Deadly Sins: livestream of Gary Clarke’s new production on Sat 21 November at Leeds Playhouse

Fidelio: livestream conducted by Mark Wigglesworth on Sat 12 December at Leeds Town Hall

Film of Whistle Stop Opera: Cinderella will be released online in December as an alternative to pantomime trips for families and schools

Spring 2021 tour of Parsifal postponed; replaced by highlights of Wagner’s Ring conducted by Richard Farnes using Jonathan Dove’s orchestrations

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Semyon Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic perform Má vlast on 17 November 2020 as a Velvet Revolution concert

Czech Philharmonic and Semyon Bychkov (chief conductor & music director) launch annual series commemorating the VELVET REVOLUTION with SMETANA’S MÁ VLAST in collaboration with Prague Spring International Music Festival  on Tuesday 17 November 2020 on Facebook at 7.15pm GMT (AVAILABLE ON DEMAND FOR 7 DAYS)

Semyon Bychkov (conductor) & Czech Philharmonic (c) Marco Borggreve

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