Fine performances – and a large audience – as the BBC Proms return

United KingdomUnited Kingdom First Night of the Proms – Vaughan Williams, Poulenc, MacMillan, and Sibelius: Elizabeth Llewellyn (soprano), Jess Dandy (contralto), Allan Clayton (tenor), Michael Mofidian (bass-baritone), BBC Singers (chorus-master: Martin Fitzpatrick), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Dalia Stasevska (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 30.7.2021. (MB)

Elizabeth Llewellyn (c) BBC/Chris Christodoulou

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Tête-à-Tête present Darren Berry’s unusual The Crocodile of Old Kang Pow

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival [1] – Darren Berry: The Crocodile of Old Kang Pow (Acts I and II): Soloists, Darren Berry (narrator), Eddie Giffney (piano). The Cockpit Theatre, Marylebone, London, 29.7.2021 (MB)

Oscar Dom Victor Castellino (O’Fela, the Crocodile God) (c) Claire Shovelton

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The BBC Proms update: full capacity in 2021, mystery Proms are announced and attention Prommers

BBC Proms has revealed details of the four mystery Proms taking place this summer

In response to the ever developing pandemic landscape, planning these concerts was held to enable the festival to be flexible and respond to the changing times. For the first time, the Proms Festival Orchestra will come together for a concert on Wednesday 8 September. Made up exclusively of freelance musicians, conductor Mark Wigglesworth will lead the orchestra in Shostakovich’s Festive Overture and Mahler’s Symphony No.5.

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LIVE from London’s Messiaen masterclass in creating a technicolour canvas from a mere four instruments.

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Vaughan Williams (arr. Drayton), Messiaen, LIVE from London Summer 2021 [3] – Angel of the Apocalypse: Julian Bliss (clarinet), Jack Liebeck (violin), Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello), Katya Apekisheva (piano), VOCES8. Streamed from the VOCES8 Centre, London, 17.7.2021. (CC)

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OHP’s Opera in Song: Anush Hovhanissyan’s vocal stamina is huge and she is the most welcoming of hosts

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Opera Holland Park’s Opera in Song: Violetta and Tatyana: Anush Hovhanissyan (soprano) with Ella O’Neill, Dylan Perez (piano), Lauren Young (mezzo), Julien Van Mellaerts (baritone). Opera Holland Park, London, 26.7.2021. (CC)

(l-r) Dylan Perez, Ella O’Neill, Lauren Young, Julien Van Mellaerts and Anush Hovhanissyan

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JPYA Summer Performance 2021: entertaining – though eclectic – mix of operatic excerpts

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance 2021: Jette Parker Young Artists, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Sir Mark Elder, Richard Hetherington and Michael Papadopoulos (conductors). Recorded (directed by Jonathan Haswell) at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, on 17.7.2021 and streamed from 23.7.2021. (JPr)

Jette Parker Young Artists in Falstaff Act II, Scene 2 Roméo

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