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Interview: Jac van Steen

by Melanie Eskenazi

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...

Preview: Royal Opera House 2016-17


You can’t please everyone, and as usual the new season announcement brought its mixture of pleasure and pain; the former came from the retention of...

Preview: Opera Holland Park 2016


While one of the joys of going to see a summer opera at Glyndebourne, Garsington, Grange Park or West Green House is the act of...

Obituary: Peter Maxwell Davies (1934–2016)


“He’s either quite brilliant or mad” Thus said Violet Carson in 1950 of the young Peter Maxwell Davies, following his submission of an early composition...

Interview: David Bruce


On February 25th, Glyndebourne Opera stages the premiere of Nothing, a new opera by David Bruce, the composer of The Firework Maker’s Daughter. It’s based...

Preview: Southbank Centre puts youth and the future at the heart of the 2016/17 season


The Southbank Centre’s Artistic Director, Jude Kelly, declares that “everyone should have access to classical music,” and the centre’s commitment to this is shown by...

Spotlight: All change at The Grange


For lovers of ‘country house opera’ there have been few more eagerly anticipated experiences than that offered by Grange Park Opera: wobbling down that rutted,...

Preview: Glyndebourne Tour 2015


On October 10th, Glyndebourne begins its season of touring operas, with three productions which will be taken from the main house on to Canterbury, Norwich,...