WAGNER: Tannhäuser

As familiar Richard Wagner’s Tannhäuser is, the opera benefits from solid performances that bring together fine singing, exquisite orchestral playing, and effective staging, and the Metropolitan Opera’s 1982 production conducted by James Levine gave audiences an exemplary performance that remains a touchstone for this work.

BIZET: Carmen

OpÈra comique in four acts.

Music composed by Georges Bizet (1838-1875). Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic HalÈvy after Prosper MÈrimÈe’s novella, Carmen.

Matthias Goerne at the Wigmore Hall

This wasn’t an “easy” program for dilettantes.

Cori Spezzati: Venetian Polychoral Music

If there ever was a moment where architecture and music became passionately tied to one another, it would be when the polychoral music of the 16th century was tied to St. Mark’s
cathedral in Venice.

Launch of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2007


Launch of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2007

  • Record number of singers auditioned
  • Three countries competing for first time
  • New sponsorship and increased prize money

MUSSORGSKY: Khovanshchina

At the curtain call for the first night of WNO’s new production of the infrequently performed Khovanshchina director David Pountney wore a simple Russian shirt.

Goerne/Metzmacher, Wigmore Hall, London


After 45 Years, Lorin Maazel Is to Conduct at the Metropolitan Opera


Pavarottiís heir breaks rules with encore on the high Cs