Rusalka at the Teatro Real in Madrid

For all the popularity of what might be termed its hit number, Dvořák’s opera Rusalka has a somewhat odd history in the UK.  It had to wait until 1959 before…

Heaven full of Stars: Vasari Singers celebrate 40 years of music-making

With this 40th-anniversary disc celebrating four decades since its formation by the still-current director Jeremy Backhouse, Vasari Singers is now officially middle-aged. But with this twenty-eighth CD, there’s no sign…

Garsington Opera announces dates for the 2021 Season

Garsington Opera have announced dates for the 2021 Season. The digital brochure is available at: https://brochure.garsingtonopera.org/ Priority Booking for the 2021 Season is now open online for members of Garsington Opera.…

Regards sur l’Infini: Katharine Dain and Sam Armstrong

Across the globe, musicians stopped making music in March this year.  Or, at least, they stopped performing publicly, together, and communicating directly to audiences in concert halls, opera houses and…

Richard Danielpour’s The Passion of Yeshua receives three GRAMMY award nominations

The NAXOS recording of Richard Danielpour’s The Passion of Yeshua received GRAMMY Award nominations for (1) Best Choral Performance, (2) Best Engineered Album, Classical, and (3) Best Contemporary Classical Composition.…

2021 GRAMMY award nominations

The nominees for the 2021 GRAMMY awards were announced today. Here is the list of nominess for Best Opera Recording, Best Choral Performance, and Best Classical Solo Vocal Album: 76.…

La Bohème at a Drive-in Movie Theater

Well, maybe it wasn’t an opera house, but it was somewhere to go for opera beyond your living room. It was festive indeed to join a few hundred diehard aficionados…

Lucia Ronchetti appointed Artistic Director of Biennale Musica, Venice

Italian opera composer Lucia Ronchetti has been appointed Artistic Director of the Biennale Musica in Venice. Ronchetti will be responsible for programming the Biennale Musica for its 2021-2024 editions, which…

Jaakko Mäntyjärvi

The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge / Stephen Layton Stephen Layton uncovers a rich seam of choral jewels in this collection of sacred music by Finnish choral composer and translator…

Booking Now Open: Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci at Longborough Festival Opera, December 19th and 20th

Director Christopher Luscombe brings his new production of Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci to Longborough Festival Opera on 19th and 20th December. Peter Auty leads an all-star cast in this 50-minute chamber staging, including Elin Pritchard, Robert Hayward, Nicholas Lester and…