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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Poetry Truth and Understanding

Poetry Truth and Understanding. That trinity comes out from my church-attendance friends as God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost. Pontius Pilate was almost as witty as Jesus himself. My vote for the fifth Prefect of Judea goes with the Orthodox Church’s, who revere him as a hero: unlike the spoilsport Western Church, who portray him as a villain. What is truth? is the question that the Godhead Himself must constantly ask as well as urge his followers to ask. Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s and unto God the things which are God’s says Jesus, in the response to the Pharisee’s trick question as to whether it is lawful to pay your taxes. Good Christians do well to follow Our Lord’s advice. So, no apologies to the super-taxed wealthy. And absolutely no excuse for your responsibilities toward God.  Those responsibilities are both complex and a delight. Further thought is needed.

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SOPRANO FATMA SAID IN CONVERSATION WITH RICK PERDIAN

Rick Perdian talks to Fatma Said

Mention Egypt, and classical music lovers immediately think of Verdi’s Aida, which was commissioned by Cairo’s Khedivial Opera House and had its première there in 1871 – and of little else. A new generation of Egyptian singers is changing that dynamic, and Fatma Said in particular is attracting notice for her luminous mezzo-soprano and blossoming international career. With El Nour, her debut recording on Warner Classics, Said combines her twin loves of song and her native country’s culture in music that is as colorful and exotic as the places that inspired it.

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The Hallé announces its Winter 2020-21 Season

THE HALLÉ IS BACK!

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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Spotlight on Joseph C. Phillips Jr.’s mono-opera, The Grey Land

The killing of George Floyd last May sparked protests in 2,000 US cities and many others around the world, but the fuse had been burning for years. In July 2013, the Black Lives Matter movement began in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Mothers of the … Read more

English National Ballet announce their current lockdown plans for 2020-21

English National Ballet – 2020-21 Announcement

Nutcracker Delights

 

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Nutcracker Delights at the London Coliseum – Updated Performance Schedule.

English National Ballet is preparing to return to the stage this winter. Whilst planned performances of Reunion: An Evening with English National Ballet are unable to go ahead due to the November lockdown in England, the Company is looking forward to performing Nutcracker Delights at the London Coliseum, now opening 17 December 2020 and running until 3 January 2021.

Nutcracker Delights is a special 75-minute version of the Christmas classic that sees the Company perform a selection of the ballet’s most popular moments and iconic scenes accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s famous score played live by musicians from English National Ballet Philharmonic.

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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
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  • 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

LIVESTREAMS ANNOUNCED AS OPERA NORTH RESCHEDULES PRODUCTIONS

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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