Svadba: Ana Sokolović’s opera is creatively re-imagined through image and movement

In Germany, wedding guests smash piles of crockery the night before the ceremony, the custom of Polterabend being thought to bring good fortune to the bride and groom in their…

ETO at Home: Ferrandini’s Il pianto di Maria

English Touring Opera’s ETO at Home project has seen the company produce a series of films of operas, large scale vocal works, chamber music and song which can be viewed…

Angels and Demons: Christmas Eve with I Fagiolini

I Fagiolini can always be relied upon to bring a double shot of invention and intellect to a choral Christmas cocktail.  Stalwarts of VOCES8’s Live from London festivals, their Monterverdian…

A Renaissance Christmas: Stile Antico, live from London

Place ‘A Renaissance Christmas’ alongside ‘Stile Antico’ and one might comfortingly anticipate familiar festive fare, immaculately performed.  That final expectation was rewardingly fulfilled in this instalment of VOCES8’s Live from…

The 66th Kathleen Ferrier Awards 2021

For the second year running, the Kathleen Ferrier Awards were delayed until the autumn and the participants had only a panel of illustrious judges and a small private audience before…

A Christmas Cracker from VOCES8

Christmas crackers usually come stuffed with a flimsy paper crown, a tacky toy, a plastic puzzle and a bad joke.  But, open a VOCES8 Christmas Cracker and you’ll find the…

Elizabeth Llewellyn and Simon Lepper open the 2021-22 Wigmore Hall season with Italian and English song

One year on from her Wigmore Hall debut, and following the release of her highly praised album of the songs of Samuel Taylor-Coleridge, Heart & Hereafter, soprano Elizabeth Llewellyn returned…

Opera on Location bring Debussy’s The prodigal son home to Sheffield

Located in one of Sheffield’s oldest industrial districts, Kelham Island Museum stands on a man-made island, the result of 12th-century engineering when a goit, or mill race, was constructed diverting…

Light from Darkness: Live from London Summer 2021 closes in celebratory style

As gentle as you have lived,have you died,too holy for sorrow!Let no eye shed a tearfor the spirit’s heavenly homecoming. The words of Friedrich Haug, commemorating the death of the…

I Fagiolini: Au naturel

I Fagiolini like a ‘hook’, and they’re expert at devising one.  On this occasion it was a painting, or, rather, a series of paintings – The Four Seasons by Pieter…