British Youth Opera: a superb cast shine in Rossini’s L’occasione fa il ladro

Rossini’s libretti often require one to leave logic at the theatre entrance and embrace the absurd – stock buffa characters, stolen and switched identities, arranged marriages, double nuptials, an inevitable…

The 20th Oxford Lieder Festival, 8-23 October 2021: Nature’s Songbook

Oxford Lieder, the UK’s biggest festival of song, marks its 20th year with its most ambitious programme to date, featuring more than 100 events, both in-person and live-streamed. ·         20 new works…

Irish National Opera 2021-22: an explosion of opera

Irish National Opera’s biggest-ever seasonWednesday 7 July 2021 to Saturday 25 June 202258 performances in 26 spaces at 20 different locations, 9 new productions,6 operas by Irish composers, including 4…

Academy of Ancient Music to launch new season with Haydn’s The Creation

The Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) opens its first season under new Music Director Laurence Cummings on Tuesday 28 September, with a performance co-produced by the Barbican. In an evening celebrating new beginnings, Cummings…

Cries in the High Desert

Beginning in 1957, the venerable Santa Fe Opera festival embarked on an ambitious journey that included presenting world premieres, in which series this summer’s The Lord of Cries is the…

Figaro la, Figaro qua in Santa Fe

Like the barber in another famous piece, Santa Fe Opera’s The Marriage of Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro) is frequently all over the place. There may be a number of…

Santa Fe Opera Fields a Dream Team

If ever there was a nigh perfect match of an opera with idyllic outdoor surroundings, Santa Fe Opera’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is surely the one. The opening thirty minutes…

Gilchrist and Williamson offer insights and new avenues in One Hundred Years of British Song Vol.2

In October 2020 tenor James Gilchrist and pianist Nathan Williamson opened their three-volume survey of the less well-traversed byways of the British song repertoire, One Hundred Years of British Song,…

Aida at the Macerata Opera Festival

The Macerata Opera Festival celebrates its centenary season this year with the same opera that opened the first season of the festival in 1921: Verdi’s Aida. Summer opera in Macerata…

Handel’s Heroes and Heroines: Mary Bevan and Barnaby Smith, Live from London

The now-familiar Live from London format was slightly revised for this recital of sinfonias, arias and duets from Handel’s oratorios and operas, titled Handel: Heroes and Heroines.  VOCES8 were represented…