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BBC Proms 2018

Preview: BBC Proms 2018

by Barry Creasy

It would not be at all surprising to see a Tricolore flying over the Royal Albert Hall this summer, and for the usual rendition of…



Preview: West Green House Opera 2018


Judged by the standard of its recent seasons, West Green House Opera is surely a contender for the title of most underrated summer opera venue...

Preview: Opera Holland Park 2018


While part of the delight of Glyndebourne, Garsington and the various Granges is making a day of it, Opera Holland Park’s unique selling point is...

Preview: Garsington Opera 2018


Garsington’s 2018 season is perhaps the most enticing of all the Summer opera offerings: there are four new productions including a world premiere, and the...

Preview: Longborough Festival Opera 2018


Longborough Festival Opera occupies a special place in the summer opera calendar. Nestled in the Gloucestershire Countryside, with glorious views over the Cotswolds, it is...

Interview: Gregory Rose, Singcircle


Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Stimmung, very much a child of post-serialist experimentalism, has, since its first performance in 1968, achieved somewhat of a cult status, not least...

Opera: Passion, Power and Politics @ Victoria and Albert Museum, London


This major exhibition, opening on September 30th, is the first to explore Opera on a grand scale – and what a scale it is, with...

Interview: Jac van Steen


Garsington Opera will present Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande on June 16th, with six further performances. The Philharmonia Orchestra will be conducted by Jac van Steen;...

Preview: Barbican Hall 2017-18


The Barbican’s multi-arts 2017-18 season is entitled ‘The Art of Change’. It is a response to last year’s Brexit vote, and the UK’s seeming shift...

Preview: West Green House Opera 2017


Situated near Winchfield, West Green House Opera is a wonderful enigma. Small by the standards of many summer opera venues, there is actually much to...

Preview: Opera Holland Park 2017


Glyndebourne, Garsington and the various Granges are hardly major treks from the capital, but in terms of accessible summer opera for the average Londoner nothing...

Preview: Royal Opera 2017


Oliver Mears’ first season and Antonio Pappano’s sixteenth at the Royal Opera House looks like a safe mixture of the new and not so new,...

Preview: Garsington Opera 2017


Booking opens today for the extended 2017 season at Garsington Opera at Wormsley, and if you haven’t yet experienced this idyllic place and its always-...

Preview: Longborough Festival Opera 2017


Longborough Festival Opera occupies a special place in the summer opera calendar. Nestled in the Gloucestershire Countryside, with glorious views over the Cotswolds, it is...

Preview: Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2017


Public booking opens on Sunday for the 2017 Festival, with three new offerings this year, plus three revivals of past successes. The major draws are...

Preview: Glyndebourne Tour 2016


The 2016 Glyndebourne Tour starts in just two weeks’ time, beginning with a new production of Madama Butterfly at Glyndebourne itself on October 14th. The...

Roundup: BBC Proms 2016


Every year when the Proms schedule is released in April there seem to be cries of excitement and expressions of disappointment in almost equal measure....

Interview: Caitlin Hulcup


The Australian mezzo-soprano Caitlin Hulcup has been making quite a name for herself in some of the most prestigious opera houses around the world, and...

Preview: West Green House Opera 2016


Although West Green House Opera is now in its seventeenth season, it still feels like a new discovery. No matter how often one visits, it...

Preview: Longborough Festival Opera 2016


With Martin and Lizzie Graham’s 500-seater opera house standing in the Gloucestershire Countryside, Longborough Festival Opera is well known for providing high quality productions in...

Preview: BBC Proms 2016


With the return of Haydn, Wagner and Bruckner, the retention of Beethoven and Mahler, a healthy dose of opera and some notable innovations concerning performance...