Celebrate Christmas 2016 at St John’s Smith Square

04/10/2016

Christmas at St John’s Smith Square (9-23 December 2016)

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The 31st Annual Christmas Festival at St John’s Smith Square has now flourished into a series of 16 concerts running from 9-23 December with Stephen Layton as Artistic Director Read more

UPDATED IN MEMORIAM – SIR NEVILLE MARRINER CH, CBE (1924 – 2016)

02/10/2016

Sir Neville Marriner CH, CBE, Founder and Life President of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields has died

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Sir Neville Marriner (1924-2016)

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields is deeply saddened to announce the death of Sir Neville Marriner, Founder and Life President of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Sir Neville Marriner passed away peacefully in the night on 2 October. Read more

Hampstead Garden Opera Present The Magic Flute this November in Highgate

01/10/2016

MOZART’S THE MAGIC FLUTE – JACKSONS LANE THEATRE, HIGHGATE, LONDON N6 5AA  FROM NOVEMBER 11TH TO 20TH 2016                    

Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder                                                                   
Translation by Jeremy Sams                                                             
Stage Director: Toria Banks • Music Director: Christopher Stark • With the HGO Orchestra

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Upcoming Krenek events in Vienna in the Next Few Months

26/09/2016

Upcoming Krenek (1990-1991) events in Vienna

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Ernst Krenek (c) Klaus Barisch

The week of the Ernst Krenek Institute’s fall symposium seems a fitting moment to highlight a pretty remarkable string of Krenek performances taking place in Vienna over the next few months.

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World Premiere Production of Ravi Shankar’s Sukanya to tour UK in 2017

21/09/2016

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Ravi Shankar’s Only Opera Sukanya to tour UK in World Premiere Production

Friday 12 May 2017 (world premiere) – Curve, Leicester
Sunday 14 May 2017 – The Lowry, Salford
Monday 15 May 2017 – Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Friday 19 May 2017 – Royal Festival Hall (in association with Southbank Centre, London)

The Royal Opera, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Curve present the world premiere of Ravi Shankar’s only opera Sukanya which tours venues across the UK in May 2017. With a libretto by Amit Chaudhuri, the semi-staged opera is directed by Suba Das and conducted by David Murphy, with soprano Susanna Hurrell in the title role, bass-baritone Keel Watson, Brazilian baritone Michel de Souza, the BBC Singers and the full force of a 60-strong London Philharmonic Orchestra. The Orchestra is supplemented with Indian classical instruments including the sitar, shennai, tabla, mridangam and ghatam. The innovative Aakash Odedra Company provide the choreography and dancers and Tony Award-winning 59 Productions are providing production design.

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Saffron Opera Group’s Ring continues with Die Walküre on 9 October

13/09/2016

Saffron Opera Group’s Die Walküre – Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden – Sunday 9 October 2016 at 2.30pm

UPDATE! Read Jim Pritchard’s review https://seenandheard-international.com/2016/10/saffron-opera-groups-ring-continues-to-impress/.

If you love opera and especially Wagner (but maybe not enough to spend £200 watching one of his operas in London) set aside six hours on Sunday 9 October and make a pilgrimage to Saffron Walden in rural north west Essex to see Saffron Opera Group’s Die Walküre at Saffron Hall. Read more

OLIVER MEARS TO JOIN ROYAL OPERA HOUSE AS DIRECTOR OF OPERA

12/09/2016

OLIVER MEARS TO JOIN ROYAL OPERA HOUSE IN MARCH 2017

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Oliver Mears © Sim Canetty-Clarke

The Royal Opera House announced today that Oliver Mears will join the Royal Opera House at the beginning of March 2017 to succeed Kasper Holten as Director of Opera, who leaves on 11 March 2017. Read more

ARABELLA STEINBACHER IN CONVERSATION WITH MICHAEL COOKSON

10/09/2016

Arabella Steinbacher in conversation with Michael Cookson, Dresden 2016

My first exposure to the playing of Munich born violinist Arabella Steinbacher was in 2011 when reviewing her recording of the Shostakovich violin concertos on Orfeo. http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2011/June11/Shostakovich_Steinbacher_C687061A.htm

A child prodigy on the violin Steinbacher started lessons aged 3 and 5 years later became the youngest violin student of Ana Chumachenko at the Munich Academy of Music. In 2000 Steinbacher won the Joseph-Joachim-Violinwettbewerbes Hannover when she was 19 and the Förderpreis des Freistaates Bayern a year later. In 2004 she made her concert debut playing at short notice for an indisposed soloist with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under Sir Neville Marriner in Paris.

Certainly a thrilling musician, Steinbacher has made an impressive reputation for herself with several excellent recordings under her belt. One of the finest violinists around compared to a group of talented soloists of her generation, curiously, she is not as well known as her talent deserves; especially in the U.K.    Read more

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