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Preview: Opera Holland Park’s August 2020 Performances

by Sam Smith

Continuing our series on how summer opera festivals are adjusting to Covid-19, Sam Smith looks at two events coming up at Holland Park in early…



Why I love… Saul

by Barry Creasy

In our continuing series, Barry Creasy explores Handel’s oratorio Saul, to be broadcast as part of the BBC Proms

Preview: Fidelio @ Garsington Opera, Wormsley

by Melanie Eskenazi

Opera venues are starting to open with performances attended by audiences. Melanie Eskenazi tells us about one coming up

Preview: Nevill Holt Opera’s New 2020 Season

by Sam Smith

Opera Houses around the country continue to find innovative solutions to lockdown. Sam Smith tells us the latest

First Night of the BBC Proms 2020

by Barry Creasy

The BBC Proms are back. Barry Creasy tells us they’re anything but ordinary this year

Iestyn Davies / Elizabeth Kenny @ St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate, York (online)

by Melanie Eskenazi

Virtual performance continues to lift our spritis. Melanie Eskenazi is grateful

Previews: Eboracum Baroque – Heroic Handel & The Ryedale Festival

by Melanie Eskenazi

Melanie Eskenazi alerts us to two virtual musical events coming soon to a screen near you

Why I Love… Tosca

by Sam Smith

Continuing the series on our writers’ operatic passions, Sam Smith reveals his admiration for one of Puccini’s most loved works

Preview: Garsington Opera 2021 – and a concert from Wormsley to enjoy now

by Melanie Eskenazi

There is opera to look forward to and gems to savour now. Melanie Eskenazi explains. One of the saddest cancellations of 2020 was the season...

Preview: York Early Music Festival 2020 Online

by Melanie Eskenazi

Despite the partial lifting of lockdown, classical venues remain closed. But, as Melanie Eskenazi has found, there is still much musical enjoyment to be had...

Preview: BBC Proms 2020

by Barry Creasy

The BBC Proms this year will be like no other. Barry Creasy gives us a preview

Various singers / Keval Shah: Italienisches Liederbuch @ YouTube

by Melanie Eskenazi

There is still great music to be found online. Melanie Eskenazi enjoys some Wolf

Why I Love… Götterdämmerung

by Benjamin Poore

Our look at Wagner’s Ring Cycle concludes with Benjamin Poore’s take on this epic work

Mark Padmore / Mitsuko Uchida @ Wigmore Hall, London (online)

by Melanie Eskenazi

Winterreise is the last of Wigmore Hall’s live lunchtime recitals. Melanie Eskenazi will miss these performances

Iestyn Davies / Elizabeth Kenny @ Wigmore Hall, London (online)

by Melanie Eskenazi

This is the last week of Wigmore Hall’s live concerts via the internet. Melanie Eskenazi continues to be delighted

Clayton / Baillieu @ Wigmore Hall, London (online)

by Melanie Eskenazi

From the comfort of her living room, Melanie Eskenazi is once again visiting the Wigmore Hall

Tynan / Burnside @ Wigmore Hall, London (online)

by Barry Creasy

Wigmore Hall’s live streamed recitals continue. Barry Creasy tuned in

Connecting Stars: Supporting Isolated People and Struggling Artists

by Sam Smith

Sam Smith discovers an innovative project that helps our most vulnerable during the pandemic

Why I Love… Siegfried

by Simon Thomas

Continuing in our series, Simon Thomas guides us through part three of Wagner’s Ring Cycle

Williams / Middleton @ Wigmore Hall, London (online)

by Melanie Eskenazi

Our coverage of the Wigmore Hall and BBC Radio 3’s live lunchtime concert series continues. Melanie Eskenazi was there (virtually)

Book Review: Beethoven – A Life in Nine Pieces by Laura Tunbridge

by Benjamin Poore

Benjamin Poore finds plenty of shared love for an iconic composer