Juliana: a ‘naturalistic tragedy’ for our times

In the Preface to his 1888 play, Miss Julie, August Strindberg argued for a new, less artificial form of dialogue – associative, flowing naturally, as in life: ‘I have avoided…

CCM names Voice Professor Stuart Skelton as J. Ralph Corbett Distinguished Chair in Opera

An internationally acclaimed and award-winning heldentenor, Skelton will guide one of the nation’s preeminent opera training programs in his new role at CCM Grammy nominee and 2014 International Opera Awards…

Longborough Festival Opera appoints inaugural Ring Cycle Conducting Fellow

Longborough Festival Opera has appointed Harry Sever as its first Ring Cycle Conducting Fellow. Sever will work alongside Longborough Music Director and eminent Wagnerian Anthony Negus for the next three seasons as the festival builds…

Bampton Classical Opera 2021 Young Singers’ Competition – winner announced

Bampton Classical Opera is delighted to announce that the winner of the 2021 Young Singers’ Competition is Australian soprano Cassandra Wright.  The second prize has been awarded to soprano Jessica Cale.  The winner of the…

Glyndebourne begins 2022 with Pay the Piper, a brand new youth opera from an all-female composer team

On 25 February 2022 Glyndebourne will present the world premiere of Pay the Piper, Glyndebourne’s first youth opera since 2017. The opera has been jointly composed by the four participants of…

Glyndebourne Encore, a new streaming service giving on-demand access to its filmed operas

Glyndebourne is launching a new streaming service called Glyndebourne Encore, giving on-demand access to its back catalogue of world-class opera, as well as all future filmed productions. Glyndebourne has been…

Music opens the doors of memory: new opera company, Theatre of Sound, launches with a radical retelling of Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle

Forbidden chambers, corpses dangling from wall-hooks, pools of clotted blood, stigmata of guilt: ‘Bluebeard’, which first appeared in literary form in Charles Perrault’s seventeenth-century collection, Tales of Mother Goose, is…

London Oriana Choir announces new choral scholarship programme

London Oriana Choir has announced the launch of a new Choral Scholarship Programme , offering a select number of funded places for singers aged 18-25 for its 2021-22 season, as part of its commitment to…

Sarah Hopwood, Managing Director at Glyndebourne, to retire in autumn 2022

Glyndebourne has announced that Sarah Hopwood, Managing Director, will step down in autumn 2022 at which time she will join the Board as a Trustee. Sarah’s career at Glyndebourne has…

Soprano Hilary Cronin wins First Prize and the Audience Prize at the 2021 Handel Singing Competition

After a thrilling final, 29-year-old soprano Hilary Cronin won the £5000 First Prize and Audience Prize at the 2021 Handel Singing Competition last night. Hilary Cronin impressed the judges with a performance…