Glyndebourne’s 2012 Marriage of Figaro was exceptional entertainment and kicked off Open House 2020

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Glyndebourne Open House – Mozart, Le nozze di Figaro: Soloists, Glyndebourne Chorus and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment / Robin Ticciati (conductor). Glyndebourne Festival Opera performance 17.8.2012 and streamed and reviewed on 24.5.2020. (MMB)

Glyndebourne Festival Opera’s 2012 Le nozze di Figaro (c) Alastair Muir

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The Met’s 2007 Il barbiere di Siviglia proves an escape from our current reality and a couple of hours of bliss

United StatesUnited States Rossini, Il barbiere di Siviglia: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York / Maurizio Benini (conductor). Performance of 24.3.2007 and reviewed as a Nightly Met Opera Stream (MMB)

Peter Mattei (Figaro), Joyce DiDonato (Rosina), & Juan Diego Flórez (Count Almaviva)
(c) Ken Howard/Met Opera

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The BBC Proms 2019 ended with a unique, seldom experienced atmosphere at the Last Night

United KingdomUnited Kingdom BBC Prom 75 – Last Night of the Proms: Jamie Barton (mezzo-soprano). BBC Singers. BBC Symphony Chorus. BBC Symphony Orchestra / Sakari Oramo (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 14.9.2019. (MMB)

Jamie Barton (mezzo-soprano) at the Last Night of the Proms (c) Chris Christodoulou

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John Wilson and his Orchestra Return to the Proms to Tell The Warner Brothers Story

United KingdomUnited Kingdom BBC Prom 30 – The Warner Brothers Story: Mikaela Bennett (soprano), Louise Dearman (soprano), Kate Lindsey (mezzo-soprano), Matt Ford (baritone). Maida Vale Singers. John Wilson Orchestra / John Wilson (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 9.8.2019. (MMB)

John Wilson at the 2019 BBC Proms (c) Mark Allan

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‘Music is an Exchange of Effort and Energy’

Riccardo Frizza © Joan Tomás)

Riccardo Frizza grew up in Brescia, a town in Northern Lombardy, close to the city of Milan. He got interested in music when he was only five years old and began playing a little keyboard at home. Although neither one of his parents was a musician, they soon recognised the talent of the young Riccardo and sent him for piano lessons. He later continued his studies at the Milan Conservatoire. During that period he greatly admired Leonard Bernstein and later was influenced and looked up to such luminaries as Claudio Abbado and Riccardo Muti. Frizza also studied with composer Elisabetta Brusa and conductor Gilberto Serembe who both contributed to his artistry and to whom he feels indebted.

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Russell Thomas interviewed by Margarida Mota-Bull

Russell Thomas

The first time I came across Russell Thomas was a couple of years ago and by pure chance while searching for tenor performances in Don Carlo on YouTube. In the long list that appeared, a video caught my attention, showing Mr Thomas in a duet with Anja Harteros. She was a household name in the operatic world but I didn’t know him. So, I watched it and listened carefully to Thomas’s voice. Its power, beauty and warmth impressed me immensely.

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The 2017 BBC Proms Go Out in Style

United KingdomUnited Kingdom 2017 BBC PROMS 75 – The Last Night of the Proms:  Nina Stemme (soprano); Christine Rice (mezzo-soprano), Lucy Crowe (soprano), Ben Johnson (tenor), John Relyea (bass), BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra / Sakari Oramo (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 9.9.2017. (MMB)

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Nina Stemme (soprano) sings Rule, Britannia! at the 2017 Last Night of the Proms
(c) BBC/Chris Christodoulou

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