Choir of Merton College Oxford’s Passiontide at Merton festival returns from 8 to 10 April 2022

Once More, With Passion

Award-winning Choir of Merton College Oxford marks return of Passiontide at Merton festival (8-10 April 2022) with compelling programme of music ancient and modern

Highlights include Mozart’s Mass in C minor, world premieres of works by Francis Grier, recent compositions by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Judith Bingham and James MacMillan, and sublime sacred polyphony by Gesualdo, Tallis, Byrd and Lassus

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The Metropolitan Opera in 2022-23

The Metropolitan Opera announces the most new productions in ten seasons, featuring the world-premiere staging of The Hours, the company premieres of Champion and Medea, and four more: FedoraLohengrinDon Giovanni, and Die Zauberflöte.

Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will conduct The Hours, LohengrinChampion, and La bohème

The roster of artists includes Roberto Alagna, Piotr Beczała, Angel Blue, Javier Camarena, Lise Davidsen, Joyce DiDonato, Renée Fleming, Christine Goerke, Ryan Speedo Green, Kelli O’Hara, Matthew Polenzani, Sondra Radvanovsky, Sonya Yoncheva, and more

Debuting conductors include Manfred Honeck, Nathalie Stutzmann, and Jaap van Zweden

Ten operas will be transmitted live to cinemas across the globe as part of The Met: Live in HD series


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Opera Holland Park in Summer 2022

Five new productions to celebrate the return of summer

Opera Holland Park’s 2022 new productions of the classic nineteenth-century tragedies Eugene Onegin and Carmen take us from the palaces of St Petersburg to the streets of Seville. The UK premiere of Mark Adamo’s 1998 opera Little Women leads to progressive New England, where Jo March recalls her first love in the shadow of the American Civil War. A double bill of Delius’s Parisian melodrama Margot la Rouge and Puccini’s Gothic fantasy Le Villi contrasts a crime of passion with supernatural punishment, while a co-production of HMS Pinafore with Charles Court Opera proves that no one can mock English mores more successfully than the English themselves. The City of London Sinfonia returns as resident orchestra for all five productions.

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Lucerne Summer Festival 2022 – 9 August to 11 September 

‘Diversity’ is the theme of the Lucerne Summer Festival 2022

Lucerne Festival Orchestra to perform with Music Director Riccardo Chailly as well as Jakub Hrůša
The Chineke! Youth Orchestra and the Chineke! Orchestra, respectively, will appear at the beginning and end of the Festival
The Lucerne Festival Academy and the LFCO will focus on the work of composer-in-residence Thomas Adès and collaborate with ‘artiste étoile’ Tyshawn Sorey.
Both the composer and multifaceted instrumentalist Tyshawn Sorey and the soprano Angel Blue will be ‘artistes étoiles.’
22 orchestras will make guest appearances in Lucerne over a single month; in addition to the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras and the Royal Concertgebouworkest, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra are scheduled to appear.

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Víkingur Ólafsson is Iceland Symphony Orchestra’s Artist in Residence in 2021-22

Multi-award-winning Icelandic artist Víkingur Ólafsson (Iceland Symphony Orchestra’s Artist in Residence) performs piano concertos conducted by their composers, Thomas Adès, Daníel Bjarnason and John Adams

Anyone seeking good news about classical music should look to Iceland. The Nordic island nation’s commitment to music education continues to produce composers and performers with international reach and an enthusiastic audience for their work. The Iceland Symphony Orchestra is set to celebrate the artistry and creative enterprise of one of Iceland’s best-known musicians, Víkingur Ólafsson, at Harpa in their home city of Reykjavík. The critically acclaimed pianist’s run as Artist in Residence, part of the orchestra’s compelling 2021-22 season, reflects his vision of classical music as a vibrant, living artform.

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