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Venus Unwrapped @ Kings Place, 2019

by Barry Creasy

Kings Place has devoted a year-long season – Venus Unwrapped – to concerts featuring the works of female composers, largely performed by female artists. We…



Celebrating 50 years of the Glyndebourne Tour


The Glyndebourne Tour was launched by George Christie in 1968, with the aims of bringing first class productions to a wider audience than is possible...

Preview: Spitalfields Music Festival 2018


In his speech introducing the Odyssean Ensemble’s performance of William Byrd’s Cantiones Sacrae, the Chairman of the Spitalfields Festival Board made the point that we...

Preview: Salzburg Festival 2019


In the beautiful surroundings of Ely House, now the Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, just around the corner from the Royal Academy in London, the team from...

Preview: BBC Proms 2018


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....