Chelsea Opera Group present a superb Andrea Chénier at the Southbank

The 2022 summer opera season has been getting well and truly underway this week, with first nights at Opera Holland Park (Eugene Onegin) and Garsington (Orfeo), following Glyndebourne’s production of…

Samson et Dalila at the Royal Opera House

To describe Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila as ‘old-fashioned’ doesn’t seem controversial.  The French composer’s score harks back to the past with its allusions to Handelian fugue and Bachian chorale, betraying…

The Vache Baroque Festival 2022: in conversation with co-founder Betty Makharinsky

The myth of Orpheus and the story of opera are inextricable.  Gifted the first musical instrument, the lyre, by his father, Apollo, Orpheus and his art represent man’s need to…

Ethel Smyth’s The Wreckers at Glyndebourne

It’s not often that a Glyndebourne production offers its audience an interactive experience.  But, that’s what seemed to be happening towards the close of the final Act of the second…

A Baroque double-bill from Hampstead Garden Opera

The Cockpit Theatre in Marylebone is typical of the sort of intimate venue in which Hampstead Garden Opera customarily presents its productions, which showcase young singers and musicians in performances…

An irreverent but stylishly sung Imeneo at the Royal Academy of Music

Imeneo, Handel’s penultimate opera, has a somewhat chaotic history.  It was the only one of Handel’s forty or so operas to be presented as an ‘operetta’ – perhaps to make…

Martin Graham steps down as Chairman of Longborough Festival Opera

Having recently celebrated his 80th birthday, Martin Graham, founder of Longborough Festival Opera, is stepping down from the Board which he has chaired for over 20 years. Martin will retain his…

Vache Baroque Festival to launch video series celebrating women composers on 22 May

The Vache Baroque Festival is proud to announce a new video series which celebrates the work of women composers of the baroque era. Entitled VB Showcase, the project aims to shine…

Royal Opera House launches 2022/23 apprenticeship programme

The Royal Opera House has announced the launch of its 2022/23 apprenticeship programme, which offers nine apprentices high-quality training and two years of paid employment at one of London’s leading…

Mark Padmore and Mitsuko Uchida bring darkness and dreams to Wigmore Hall

Mark Padmore continued his season-residency at Wigmore Hall with a programme of lieder by Beethoven and Schubert.  In the latter’s ‘Ihr Bild’, one of the Heine settings in Schwanengesang, the…