Met Stars Live in Concert: Sonya Yoncheva in Germany

At the start of The Metropolitan Opera’s most recent Met Stars Live in Concert broadcast, our genial host, Christine Goerke, introduced us to the Baroque Library of the Schussenried Cloister…

Songs of Travel: James Platt and Lada Valešová

The second day of Oxford Lieder’s two-day festival, Winter into Spring, heralded the arrival of the season of rebirth and renewal.  If the programme presented by bass James Platt and…

Winterreise: Fleur Barron and Julius Drake

Tenor Ian Bostridge’s award-winning idiosyncratic guide to, and all-embracing musing upon, Schubert’s Winterreise is subtitled ‘Anatomy of an Obsession’.  The obsession is Schubert’s, the wanderer’s, Bostridge’s and our own.  And,…

To the New World: the Carducci Quartet and VOCES8

VOCES8’s Live from London, Spring series continues to offer diverse delights.  Recent performances by Apollo 5 and Stile Antico framed The Winter House – an interactive family concert created and…

Oxford Lieder: Winter into Spring – the changing seasons

The weather was fortuitous for Oxford Lieder’s live, online mini-festival, Winter into Spring.  Across the UK, the blossom buds and nudging crocuses were bathed in warm sunshine, the thick dawn…

Live@Lakeside: Manchester Collective with soprano Ruby Hughes

“This music builds so much adrenaline that you feel you have to let that out at the end!”  With a smile and a giggle, violinist Rakhi Singh, co-founder of the…

VOCES8 open their Live from London, Spring festival

Spring may be almost upon us, its rituals heralding re-awakenings and promising new beginnings.  But, this year, when we are all stuck in an eternal present, the cycles of the…

Anna Netrebko: Met Stars Live in Concert

The latest, and tenth, concert in the Met Stars Live series took us to the Spanish Riding School in Vienna’s Hofburg Palace complex.  The concert was once again genially hosted…

Sondra Radvanovsky and Piotr Beczała: Met Stars Live in Concert

January can be a dull and depressing month, and this year it is particularly difficult to keep faith that a light will eventually shine through the darkness.  But, a soul-lifting…

Opera Holland Park marks Holocaust Memorial Day in words and music

In November 2014, an exhibition opened in Brno entitled Janáček’s Most Talented Student to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the death of the Czech composer Pavel Haas.  In 1941, Haas…