Chelsea Opera Group Perform Anton Rubinstein’s The Demon on 30 June

18/04/2019

COG
Enjoy a rare chance to hear Anton Rubinstein‘s opera The Demon in a concert performance by the chorus and orchestra of Chelsea Opera Group under the baton of Oliver Zeffman. A cast of international soloists join conductor, orchestra and chorus for the performance. Read more

2019 BBC Proms 19 July – 14 September

17/04/2019

Proms

FROM HILDEGARD OF BINGEN TO HIP-HOP – SIR HENRY WOULD BE PROUD!

Unveiling the 2019 BBC Proms

Friday 19 July – Saturday 14 September 2019 Read more

NEW! Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich in 2019-20

14/04/2019

Season Preview: 2019-20 Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich

Paavo Järvi (c) Gaëtan Bally

This is the first season with Paavo Järvi as Chief Conductor and will clearly have a strong Nordic flavour, just as one would expect: Järvi will conduct (and record) all Tchaikovsky’s symphonies. To open the season (2,3 and 4 October), Sibelius’s epic Kullervo. And, as part of the Zurich Festival, a Shostakovich First Symphony, with the Elgar Cello Concerto in the first half (soloist Steven Isserlis). Järvi will also conduct Nielsen’s Second Symphony as part of his newly formed Conductors’ Academy (which he has started in his home town of Pärnu, Estonia). The season ends (19 and 21 June 2020) with a semi-staged performance of Fidelio. Read more

CONDUCTOR PIETARI INKINEN IN CONVERSATION WITH GREGOR TASSIE

13/04/2019

Pietari Inkinen talks to Gregor Tassie

Pietari Inkinen (c) Nguyen Phuong Thao

The Finnish conductor Pietari Inkinen started playing the violin and piano at four years and entered the Sibelius Music Academy graduating in violin studies (2003) and in conducting (2005) after which he studied with Zakhar Bron in Germany. He formed his own Piano Trio – the Inkinen Trio, and also performed in a rock band in Helsinki. He decided to devote his career to conducting and his first position was as chief conductor of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (2008-2015). Inkinen recorded all the Sibelius symphonies for Naxos with the NZSO. In April 2019 the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra under Pietari Inkinen are touring Europe in programmes reflecting both the central repertoire and music from the Far East and from Inkinen’s homeland. Read more

Talents Spark at the 2019 Whitgift International Music Competition

13/04/2019

WIMC

Every young, aspiring, instrumental soloist knows that she is up against the stiffest competition. Competitions have been known to launch these rare talents. Competitions also invariably leave exceptional talent behind. I have noticed repeatedly that my own preferences would sometimes go to a second or third place. If the Competition is important (ugly word there) enough, the second and third winners will get a fairly thorough launching too.  Read more

Simon O’Neill’s Debut Album of Beethoven, Schumann, Richard Strauss and Wagner

12/04/2019

DISTANT BELOVED – SIMON O’NEILL (TENOR)
& TERENCE DENNIS (PIANO)

DEBUT ALBUM ON DECCA CLASSICS BY WORLD-LEADING NEW ZEALAND HELDENTENOR IS OUT NOW (REVIEW BELOW)

LIEDER BY BEETHOVEN, SCHUMANN, RICHARD STRAUSS AND WAGNER Read more

NEW! Zurich Opera House in 2019-20

07/04/2019

Season Preview: Zurich Opera House 2019/2020 Read more

UPDATED! English National Opera in 2019-2020 and New Artistic Director

06/04/2019

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English National Opera announces 2019/20 Season

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