20 Shots of Opera: Irish National Opera administer a creative ‘cure’

shot [noun]: an attempt to do or achieve something that you have not done before; an attempt to do or achieve something that is difficult, when success is uncertain; a…

ENO appoints Lord Chris Smith to Board of Trustees

English National Opera (ENO) is pleased to announce that Lord Chris Smith is joining the ENO Board of Trustees with immediate effect. From 1997 to 2001 Lord Smith was Secretary…

Remembering Anne Ozorio, 1951–2020

“I’m a large Asian-American, and I’ll wear something bright. You won’t miss me!” Anne’s response when I asked how I might recognise her when we first met, at an evening…

Aix Roars Back

After the propitious inauguration of Pierre Audi’s management of the Aix Festival in 2019 came the pandemic. The 2020 festival went up in Covid flames. The 2021 festival roars again…

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…

Academy of Ancient Music appoints new Music Director

Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) has appointed Laurence Cummings as Music Director from the 2021/22 season. Laurence Cummings is one of Britain’s most exciting and versatile exponents of historical performance both as a conductor and…

David Ward, Artistic Director of Northern Opera Group – in conversation

My telephone conversation with David Ward, co-founder and Artistic Director of Northern Opera Group, began with a sheepish confession.  Before undertaking some research prior to our discussion, I knew little…

ETO Autumn 2020 Season Announcement: Lyric Solitude

English Touring Opera are delighted to announce a season of lyric monodramas to tour nationally from October to December. The season features music for solo singer and piano by Argento,…

Eight Songs from Isolation: first opera written for a socially distanced world

Conductor Oliver Zeffman has commissioned the very first opera for a socially distanced world, which is now available to watch exclusively on Apple Music. Eight Songs From Isolation has been…

Let Music Live

Leading freelance musicians unite in Parliament Square to call for targeted support for colleagues in the arts and entertainment sector.