Academy of Ancient Music to perform Handel’s Messiah – livestreamed from the Barbican, London

Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) celebrates a return to live music making on December 19th with a performance of a seasonal classic, Handel’s Messiah as part of the Live from the…

The Royal Opera House presents Current, Rising the world’s first opera in hyper reality

From 19 December 2020 the Royal Opera House will present the world’s first opera in hyper reality: Current, Rising – a unique collaboration between the Royal Opera House’s innovation programme, Audience Labs,…

The Seven Deadly Sins: Opera North at Leeds Playhouse

Kurt Weill’s ballet chanté, Die sieben Todsünden (The Seven Deadly Sins), is a work of exile in troubled times, Weill and Brecht wrote it in 1933 in Paris shortly after…

Ariodante in concert’ at the Royal Opera House

Ariodante is surely one of Handel’s most ‘human’ dramas.  It’s not just that the libretto –anonymously adapted from Antonio Salvi’s Ginevra, principessa di Scozia, after Ariosto’s Orlando furioso – involves…

Ian Page and The Mozartists announce return to the concert stage in 2021

Ian Page and The Mozartists have announced their plans to return to the concert stage in 2021, having not performed live since the outbreak of COVID-19. Across three concerts, all…

Garsington Opera’s The Turn of the Screw wins 2020 Royal Philharmonic Society Award

Winners of the 2020 Royal Philharmonic Society Awards have been revealed this evening in a digital broadcast featuring performances filmed at London’s Wigmore Hall. A prominent advocate for music this…

Liszt/Thalberg Opera Transcriptions & Fantasies: Marc-André Hamelin

‘Thalberg is the first pianist in the world – Liszt is unique.’  So declared, somewhat ambiguously, the impressively named Princess Cristina Trivulzio di Belgiojoso in her Parisian salon after hearing…

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…

Nicky Spence and Julius Drake bring Gypsy magic and mystery to Wigmore Hall

‘You noticed a nice passage in my Diary of One Who Disappeared?  You know, it would be like under that fir tree of mine in my forest.  And there’s another…

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…