Royal Opera House’s 2021-22 opera and ballet at the cinema and streamed to your home

From stage to screen and to your home The Royal Opera House is delighted to announce the return of its streaming programme, bringing six productions from its 2021/22 Season straight to your home. The programme includes a mixture of premieres and repertory favourites from The Royal Opera: David McVicar’s spectacular production of Mozart’s The Magic … Read more

Mariinsky Theatre announces its opera and ballet for 2021-22

Opening of the 239th season of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg

Last season most performing companies including the Bolshoi and Mariinsky Companies staged season-long series of both opera and ballet across their performance stages. Today the Mariinsky boasts no less than four stages, two for opera and ballet and two concert halls. Last season, the performances were well attended and there is no reason not to expect full audiences in the forthcoming 239th season.

The Maid of Orleans © Alexander Neff

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Bampton Classical Opera’s Paris and Helen at St John’s Smith Square in September

BAMPTON CLASSICAL OPERA 2021 –  Christoph Willibald Gluck Paris and Helen
(1770 – 250th anniversary production)


..a work of shining beauty, an exquisite, at moments rapturous outpouring of romantic lyricism with few parallels in 18th-century opera‘  Max Loppert, Opera Magazine

Following performances at Bampton in July, and Westonbirt School on 30 August, Bampton Classical Opera (click here) will bring their highly-praised production of Gluck’s major work, Paride ed Elena to St John’s Smith Square on 24 September, which will be the first-ever London staging of this opera.

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Sergei Polunin returns to London for one night of conversation and dance


Sergei Polunin © Albert Watson

Join world-renowned iconic ballet dancer, actor and artist SERGEI POLUNIN at a one-night-only unique appearance: an unmissable evening of intimate conversation and UK premieres of new solos live on-stage at London’s Palladium theatre, to celebrate the publication of his autobiography FREE: A LIFE IN IMAGES AND WORDS (teNeues Publishing, 2021, click here).

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Glyndebourne announces their operas and casts for 2022

Glyndebourne Festival 2022

Glyndebourne was determined to proceed with its 2021 Festival and chose to invest in a significantly loss-making event in order to provide vital work for staff and freelancers and to stay connected to audiences. This necessitated changes to its original programme and normal working practices in order to accommodate social distancing measures. Among the adaptations were reduced orchestrations and choruses, performing company bubbles and regular testing of performers and staff.

Despite the challenges, the company successfully presented five operas, including three new socially distanced productions from international creative teams – Káťa Kabanová, Il turco in Italia and Luisa Miller – a semin-staging of Tristan und Isolde and a concert series featuring the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the London Philharmonic Orchestra (read reviews on Seen and Heard).

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Emerging Dancer: A Celebration and English National Ballet in 2021/22

English National Ballet’s New Season

Recent updates as rehearsals for English National Ballet’s 2021-2022 Season begin.

Emerging Dancer: A Celebration – 9 September 2021

Whilst a reduction in live performance has made it impossible to select Emerging Dancer finalists and People’s Choice Award winners this year, English National Ballet continues to recognise the excellence of its Artists with Emerging Dancer: A Celebration. This special event features performances from previous winners and will be live streamed on YouTube and the ENB at Home platform from the Holloway Production Studio in the company’s east London home, the Mulryan Centre for Dance, on (please note new date)  9 September 2021.

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20th Oxford Lieder Festival – 8 to 23 October 2021

Nature’s Songbook – 20th Oxford Lieder Festival from 8 to 23 October 2021 

  • Oxford Lieder, the UK’s biggest festival of song, marks its 20th year with its most ambitious programme to date, featuring more than 100 events, both in-person and livestreamed
  • 20 new works will be premiered across the 20th-anniversary season, including five major song cycles
  • World-class singers and pianists, alongside emerging stars, take to the stage for song recitals, complemented by piano, chamber and choral works
  • An extensive series of Song Connections events forges links between music, poetry, nature, art, language and science, ensuring multiple access points to the world of song
  • A flexible range of ticket prices starting at just £3 for online streaming access, with a choice of discounts & concessionary rates, makes the Festival accessible to all.

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