The Royal Opera House announces full details of the 2021/22 Season

The Royal Opera House has confirmed details for its 2021/22 Season, the first full Season since 2019. Opening on Monday 13 September, the Season includes five world premieres from The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera,…

The music of celebrated American organist/choirmaster Gerre Hancock

This recent recording from New York’s Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys is an affectionate tribute to the work of Dr. Gerre Hancock (1934-2012).  The Texas-born musician was a…

Covid’s Metamorphoses: an anniversary Song Gala at Wigmore Hall leads the way to hope and renewal

A programme entitled Covid’s Metamorphoses might not seem a very auspicious way to celebrate a 120th anniversary, but, curated by pianist Graham Johnson, this special Song Gala placed themes of…

Handel in Rome: Ensemble Marsyas at Wigmore Hall

All roads lead to Rome.  And, that’s where George Frideric Handel, not yet 22 years of age, arrived at the end of 1706.  Eager to perfect his skills in composition…

Rossini’s Maometto II, in its Full Original Naples Version, Comes to Life Thanks to Flexible Young Singers at the “Rossini in Wildbad” Festival

I have written with enthusiasm about numerous recordings from the Rossini festival that is held each summer – well, except 2020 – in Wildbad (in Germany’s Black Forest region). One…

BBC Proms: audiences return to the Proms in a celebration of live music

Six weeks of live concerts every day from the Royal Albert Hall in its 150th-anniversary year Audiences welcomed back to attend Proms in person A celebration of the riches of…

The 20th Oxford Lieder Festival: Nature’s Songbook

The Oxford Lieder Festival (8 – 23 October 2021) will celebrate its 20th anniversary this autumn. Celebrating the magical art of song, an astonishing array of artists will appear in more than…

English Touring Opera announces new Music Advisory Panel

Alongside the recent appointment of conductor Gerry Cornelius as Music Director, English Touring Opera has appointed two new Artists in Association: Holly Mathieson and Jonathan Peter Kenny.  Mathieson is a…

Met Stars Live in Concert: Three Divas

From Four Wagnerians to Three Divas; from the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden to the 250-year-old theatre of Opéra Royal du Château de Versailles.  And, for Christine Goerke, from the opera stage…

Kát’a Kabanová at Glyndebourne: a caged bird sings

“I’d go out into the garden early in the morning, just as the sun was rising, I’d fall to my knees and pray and weep, and I wouldn’t know what…