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Thursday 23 January 2014
Wigmore Hall, London
Tuesday 14 January 2014
'The voice is back', the singer said in a statement
Tuesday 24 December 2013
To hear Robert King and his Consort presenting Bach’s Christmas music directly after hearing Stephen Layton and the OAE do the same is to realise what a wealth of approaches are now on offer. King’s forces were much smaller, but they more than made up for it through the gutsiness of their vocal sound and the exoticism of their instrumentation.
Monday 07 October 2013
English Touring Opera have a sure touch in choosing repertoire: their exhumations of neglected works are always successful. Thus it was with Francesco Cavalli’s Jason, in its day the most popular opera in Europe. Cavalli sang and played the organ under the tutelage of Monteverdi, and in Jason there are stretches when you could easily believe it was by his great master: the ritornelli, the ornamentation, the whole thrust of the music feels Monteverdian, until you are pulled up short by something which reminds you it’s not.
Tuesday 10 September 2013
There’s nothing like kicking off a new season with an old favourite.
Wednesday 04 September 2013
Nessun Dorma's appeal extends far beyond opera, says Jessica Duchen
Saturday 06 July 2013
Somewhere in the intersecting corridors of jazz, modernist composition, Scando-folk and early church music, there’s a small interior chamber that’s not quite silent, and this is what you’ll find there.
Allegations of domestic violence will change not just Roberto Alagna's but Angela Gheorghiu’s image forever
Monday 01 July 2013
Angela Gheorghiu is everyone’s idea of the superstar opera singer: a hugely gifted soprano with electric stage presence, who also happens to be beautiful, full of star quality and something of a diva to boot.
Friday 14 June 2013
Call it crazy, call it genius, but undaunted by the British weather, the Aldeburgh Festival is mounting one of its most ambitious projects ever: Benjamin Britten’s operatic masterpiece Peter Grimes, live on the Aldeburgh beach. The shore faces eastwards to the North Sea, the winds can bite and storms often re-sculpt the pebbly surface. It is sold out nonetheless. Staging this opera here is certainly appropriate: the action takes place in this small Suffolk fishing community and Britten’s music is filled with powerful evocations of its sea and sky.
Wednesday 12 June 2013
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Monday 20 May 2013
Who could take the plot of La donna del lago seriously? Probably not even its first audience in Naples.
Saturday 18 May 2013
ENO's new production of Berg's 1925 opera draws parallels with servicemen's lives in Afghanistan
Friday 17 May 2013
Gioachino Rossini's La Donna del Lago (“The Lady of the Lake”), which has just opened at the Royal Opera House, is an operatic rarity of the first order – hardly ever performed, according to its director, John Fulljames, because its leading roles are so demanding. “You have to have the right constellation of stars to pull it off,” he says. “That only happens once in a generation.”
Sunday 12 May 2013
Smith's novel has been republished 11 times since 1996, and has just been made into a film, with the former Downton Abbey actor Dan Stevens.
Saturday 20 April 2013
Born in Montana, raised in Virginia and settled in Nashville (while looking for all the world like a Williamsburg take on country), on paper, there is something of the comedy cowboy about Fritz – formerly known as Jonny Corndawg.
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