NEW! Oxford Lieder Festival – 10-17 October 2020

09/06/2020

OXFORD LIEDER FESTIVAL 2020

Sholto Kynoch, Artistic Director of Oxford Lieder Festival

UK’S BIGGEST SONG FESTIVAL PAVES THE WAY FOR A NEW AND SUSTAINABLE MODEL IN UNCERTAIN TIMES

The Oxford Lieder Festival will go ahead this October, with a bold programme and trailblazing approach to the challenges currently facing the classical music industry. Over eight days and 35 events, the Festival will be fully live, ticketed, and presented from special venues in and around Oxford, completely online. With a roster of internationally renowned artists and the pick of the new generation, Oxford Lieder continues as a pioneering and innovative champion of the art of song, and addresses the difficult issue of paid online classical music head-on with a new, sustainable model. Read more

NEW! BBC to show the ROH’s first post-lockdown performance and their other recent music news

09/06/2020

The BBC is to broadcast the Royal Opera House’s first post-lockdown performance across TV and radio later this month.

The concert, which will take place without a live audience, is scheduled for 13 June, hosted by the venue’s director of music Antonio Pappano.

It will feature a dance premiere by Wayne McGregor, resident choreographer of The Royal Ballet, as well as music by Britten, Handel and Butterworth.

Radio 3 will air the show on 15 June, with TV highlights later in the month. Read more

NEW! The Metropolitan Opera (2020–)2021 season update

03/06/2020

The Met in 2021

Based on current information regarding the ongoing health crisis, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the first few months of the 2020–21 season. We now expect to re-open our doors and welcome audiences back to the Met on 31 December 2020, with a special gala performance, the details of which will be shared at a later date. Read more

NEW! Royal Opera House announces first live concert since beginning of lockdown

03/06/2020

#OurHousetoYourHouse

The Royal Opera House announces ‘Live from Covent Garden’, a series of three unique performances to be broadcast live via YouTube and Facebook from its world-famous home in Covent Garden. Read more

NEW! Semi-staged Das Rheingold on Deutsche Oper Berlin’s parking deck from 12 June

03/06/2020

Das Rheingold opens Friday 12 June at 7.30pm

Semi-staged version of Richard Wagner’s Das Rheingold in a chamber composition by British composer Jonathan Dove, with 22 musicians and 12 singers on the parking deck of the Deutsche Oper Berlin. In German without surtitles. (90 mins/no interval.) Read more

NEW! A breath of fresh air: Opera Holland Park announces 2021 season

02/06/2020

Opera Holland Park 2021

Opera Holland Park’s 2021 season with resident orchestra City of London Sinfonia will open on 1 June with new productions of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Janácek’s The Cunning Little Vixen and Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz, and a revival of the company’s celebrated 2018 staging of Verdi’s La traviata. Casts and performance dates will be announced in October 2020. On what would have been the opening night of the 2020 season OHP is pleased to look to the future.

OHP is monitoring the COVID-19 situation carefully and will take any measures necessary and possible next summer to ensure the safety of audiences, performers and staff. The company still hopes to mount the 2020 productions at a later date, as the pandemic and artist schedules allow.

OHP is extremely grateful to its patrons, who have stepped up with generosity of both spirit and purse, following the postponement of the 2020 season. Of those individuals who had bought tickets before performances were cancelled, over 40% made either a full or part donation of the ticket value, the majority with the benefit of Gift Aid, and many also made an extra donation. Another 6% left funds with OHP as a credit for use at a future date. A number of other individuals and institutions have made generous donations to help in the current situation. This largesse has helped OHP to meet some of the cost of paying a percentage of fees to all those contracted for the 2020 season.

Inspire, OHP’s International Opera Award-winning education and outreach project, is continuing to work throughout the current health crisis with local partners including Age UK, using digital technology to reach isolated communities. There have been musical afternoons and tea parties for older audiences, and workshops for local schoolchildren. The annual Open Day went ahead on Saturday 23 May, albeit virtually, with interactive online workshops, music and activities for all the family.

On 3 June OHP is giving a free one-off screening for all of the acclaimed 2019 production of Un ballo in maschera, originally filmed as part of Inspire to reach members of the community unable to attend the theatre in person. Watch from 7:30pm via OHP’s website or YouTube channel.

OHP Inspire and Virtual Open Day: To watch events from OHP’s first virtual Open Day, held on 23 May, click here.#

OHP 2019 double bill of Il segreto di Susanna and Iolanta nominated for 2020 International Opera Award: The Opera Holland Park 2019 season double bill of Il segreto di Susanna and Iolanta has been nominated for Best Production at the 2020 International Opera Awards, alongside Bayerische Staatsoper / Royal Opera House, La Monnaie, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Opéra de Lyon and Bayreuth Festival. For more information click here.

For the OHP website click here.

NEW! Grange Park Opera’s 2020 Found Season – 4 June to 12 July

01/06/2020

Was Lost, Now FoundGrange Park Opera, Surrey, launches new summer season June/July 2020

15 performances free to view online

Superstars Sir Bryn Terfel and Sir Simon Keenlyside give concerts from their homes in Wales and tenor Joseph Calleja sings from the island of Malta

Eight new performances take place inside the Theatre in the Woods

ENB dancers amongst more than 70 artists taking part Read more

2020 BBC Proms – 17 July to 12 September

27/05/2020

NOT THE PROMS AS WE KNOW THEM, THE PROMS AS WE NEED THEM

Unveiling the 2020 BBC Proms

17 July – 12 September 2020

  • This year marks 125 years since the first Proms season
  • The season will take on a unique format to reflect the times, with a compelling multi-platform offer
  • A unique First Night commission by Iain Farrington for a BBC Grand Virtual Orchestra to mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth
  • Plans for live performances later in the season culminating in the Last Night of the Proms to bring the nation together
  • The 2020 season will open on Friday 17 July on BBC Radio 3 and Sunday 19 July on BBC Four
  • 8 weeks of broadcasts on television, radio and online

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