You needed to be there: a (p)review of NT Live’s The Motive and the Cue as Gielgud and Burton clash in 1964

United KingdomUnited Kingdom NT Live – Jack Thorne’s The Motive and the Cue: Currently on at London’s Noel Coward Theatre until 23.3.2024. It was filmed live in 2023 (directed by Matthew Amos) at London’s Lyttleton Theatre and it will be available in cinemas from 21.3.2024. (JPr)

The Motive and the Cue © Mark Douet

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SF Symphony in 2024-25 and news about Esa-Pekka Salonen

Esa-Pekka Salonen and San Francisco Symphony to part ways after one final season

Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen © Drew Altizer

Esa-Pekka Salonen surprised almost everyone in 2018 by signing a five-year contract to be San Francisco Symphony’s music director after he had told the world that he did not want to have that role again. His tenure began in 2020 – unfortunately coinciding with the onset of COVID-19 – and now there will not be another term. He will leave the post when his five-year contract ends in June 2025. The organization has just over a year to decide who might be next to lead the orchestra.

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Metropolitan Opera in 2024-2025

The Metropolitan Opera has announced its 2024–25 season. The Metropolitan Opera has announced its 2024–25 season, which will consist of four Met premieres and 14 repertory favorites. The season opens on 23 September with the premiere of Grounded by Tony Award–winning composer Jeanine Tesori, starring Emily D’Angelo as a drone pilot and conducted by Met … Read more

Ellen Kent’s 2024 tour features the Ukrainian Opera & Ballet Theatre Kyiv in Carmen and Madama Butterfly

Ellen Kent Opera – Spring 2024 Tour

Senbla, by arrangement with Opera International, proudly presents two Ellen Kent productions featuring the Ukrainian Opera & Ballet Theatre Kyiv with international soloists, highly praised chorus and full orchestra

Award-winning producer Ellen Kent returns with the Ukrainian Opera & Ballet Theatre Kyiv and presents stunning classical productions of Bizet’s Carmen and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly as the 2024 tour continues (there is also one performance remaining for Verdi’s La traviata).


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Cheltenham Music Festival 2024 begins on 6 July

Cheltenham Music Festival 2024 from 6 July to 13 July

Click here for the Festival website and full details

Cheltenham Music Festival has announced a sparkling line-up for its seventy-ninth year, the Festival will host some of the most exciting names of today’s classical music world.

The programme builds on the Festival’s longstanding reputation as one of the UK’s premier platforms for new work, alongside a plethora of older gems both to be found and rediscovered.

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Edinburgh International Festival begins on 2 August

Edinburgh International Festival from 2-25 August 2024

Festival Director, Nicola Benedetti, celebrates the launch of the 2024 Edinburgh International Festival with dancer Aakash Odedra and musicians Calum MacCrimmon and Conal McDonagh from Breabach at the National Museum of Scotland © Mihaela Bodlovic

Edinburgh International Festival presents a hand-picked selection of leading international and local artists in the world’s Festival City, with 24 days of world-class opera, dance, music and theatre.

For full details of this year’s EIF click here.

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