English National Opera announces new staging of Wagner’s Ring Cycle

Directed by Richard Jones and conducted by Martyn Brabbins, The Valkyrie will form the first part of a complete Ring cycle over the next five years. English National Opera (ENO) is to…

A formidable new Mahler Fourth from Jakub Hrůša and Anna Lucia Richter

Jakub Hrůša has some impeccable credentials as a Mahler conductor. I described a gripping Resurrection in February 2020 with the Philharmonia Orchestra as one from the Golden Age; one that…

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…

Pygmalion: Bach Motets

Issued last September but only recently brushing my radar, Pygmalion’s alpha-plus Bach disc is a revelation. Raphaël Pichon, founder of the specialist Baroque ensemble in 2006, has had a rewarding…

Opera Holland Park introduces the 2021 Season, including casting and a reimagined auditorium

A breath of fresh air Working with the set designer takis, Opera Holland Park has reimagined the stage and auditorium of its theatre. The new dynamic and exciting performance space…

The Royal Opera House unveils a week-long programme of activity to celebrate International Women’s Day 2021

The Royal Opera House is delighted to announce a week of activity to mark International Women’s Day 2021.   Join us from Monday 8 March as we celebrate International Women’s Day 2021 and host a week of events, broadcasts and…

Glyndebourne committed to staging its 2021 festival

Glyndebourne has confirmed its plans to proceed with its annual opera festival in 2021, with adaptations to ensure the show can go on, even if social distancing is still in…

Visions of Childhood: April Fredrick and the English Symphony Orchestra

“Let’s not lose our wayin this solitude.” (‘September’, from Vier Letzte Lieder) The last work that American-born, UK-domiciled soprano April Fredrick performed before the March 2020 coronavirus lockdown was Richard…

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…