Leeds Lieder Festival: Benjamin Britten’s Five Canticles

Benjamin Britten’s five Canticles span his compositional career, from 1947 to 1974, and reflect the eclectic musical, poetic and cultural influences and idioms which he integrated into an independent expressive…

Natalya Romaniw and Iain Burnside: a wonderful lunchtime recital at Leeds Lieder 2021

Natalya Romaniw’s compelling but frustratingly foreshortened debut as Cio-Cio San at English National Opera in February 2020 was one of the last live performances I heard before the theatres of…

Rimsky-Korsakov’s Ivan the Terrible at Grange Park Opera

Rimsky-Korsakov wrote 15 operas yet few have attained any sort of currency outside of Russia. As part of its Spaced Season 2021, Grange Park Opera presented Rimsky-Korsakov’s Ivan the Terrible…

Baritone Gihoon Kim from Republic of Korea crowned BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2021

Baritone Gihoon Kim, from Republic of Korea became on Saturday evening (19th June) the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2021. The announcement was made during the broadcast of the…

Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha wins the Song Prize at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2021

Twenty-seven year old soprano Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha, from South Africa, was yesterday named the winner of the Song Prize at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2021. The announcement was…

Glyndebourne announces two new trustees and Creative Conspirators ‘think tank’

Glyndebourne has announced the appointment of two new members to its Board of Trustees – Sharmila Nebhrajani OBE, Chair of NICE, and top solicitor Helen Ward, a partner at Stewarts…

An excellent Figaro at Opera Holland Park

What a welcome return to Holland Park this proved to be. Glorious weather helped, of course—quite a change from an earlier visit to Glyndebourne with altogether necessary overcoat and umbrella—but…

London’s Summer Music in City Churches festival returns

Founded in 2018 by Ian Maclay and Jenny Robinson, the festival presents around 11 concerts over the course of 10 days each June. The theme this year is ‘Sunshine after Rain’. Festival Director Jenny Robinson comments: “We’re delighted to launch our third festival with…

ROH Engender Festival returns for 2021 with a packed programme of events and an unmissable line-up of change-makers and creatives

The Royal Opera House is excited to announce the Engender Festival line-up for 2021. From Monday 12 -17 July 2021, join us at Covent Garden and online for a week of talks and debates, operas in progress, concerts and workshops with an unmissable line-up of artists, composers, change-makers and brilliant creatives.   …

Bampton Classical Opera celebrate a Gluck anniversary this summer

BAMPTON CLASSICAL OPERA 2021Christoph Willibald Gluck, Paris and Helen (1770) – 250th anniversary production Performances:The Deanery Garden, Bampton, Oxfordshire: Friday 23, Saturday 24 JulyThe Orangery Theatre, Westonbirt School, Gloucestershire: Monday 30 AugustSt John’s Smith Square,…