Classical and Opera Features

Olivier Award Opera Nominations 2009

by Simon Thomas

The 2009 Olivier Award nominations have been announced and, while it is West End theatre that is mostly honoured in the annual event, there are…



Opera Preview: January – March 2009

by Simon Thomas

The first quarter of 2009 sees an unusually high, and very welcome, number of new opera productions in London.Between them, the two main houses have...

English Touring Opera: 30 Years

by Simon Thomas

During 2009, English Touring Opera will celebrate three decades of touring to otherwise opera-starved regions of the UK.Having flourished for so long is quite an...

soprano Nadja Michael

by musicOMH

It is with some trepidation that I prepare to interview Nadja Michael.I know my fear is irrational rarely do sopranos play up to diva-ish stereotype,...

Competition: DVDs of Immortal Beloved to be won

by Simon Thomas

We have five copies of the film Immortal Beloved, the story of Beethoven and the mystery of his secret love, to be won. Starring British...

Opera Holland Park on tour

by Simon Thomas

Opera Holland Park have established themselves as a strong alternative to the main London houses, with their annual Summer season in West London.They are now...

Review of the Messiaen Anniversary year

by Julie Williams

Those who enjoy Olivier Messiaen’s music have had a very enjoyable year of concert going in London in 2008. The centenary of the composer’s birth...

Angelika Kirchschlager

by Simon Thomas

Angelika Kirchschlager is pretty relaxed about being the finest lyric mezzo in the world today.The idea of the reluctant superstar is a bit of a...

Classical Review of 2008

by musicOMH

Our regular reviewers give their personal opinions of the highs and lows of 2008.We’d love to hear your views. Send an email to [email protected] with...

Wagner Renewed

by Simon Thomas

Tickets for London Lyric Opera’s performance of Der fliegende Hollnder can be booked at the Barbican box office on 020 7638 8891 or online at...

Christine Rice

by musicOMH

Royal Opera’s new interview space a sort of modernist glass cube containing two sofas appears to have been modelled on Big Brother’s Diary Room.I half...

Preview: BBC Symphony Orchestra 2008/9 Season

by Simon Thomas

Memories of the BBC Proms now fading, the festival’s principal orchestra, the BBC SO, kicked off their 2008/9 season with a splendid performance at the...

Autumn Preview 2008

by Simon Thomas

John Armitage Memorial Trust autumn concert, a tribute at the Coliseum to Reginald Goodall, this year’s production from the enterprising young company Independent Opera and...

Spotlight: The Operas of Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959)

by Simon Thomas

The Czech composer was one of the most prolific of the mid 20th century, with nearly 400 works produced between his 20s and his premature...

An interview with David Alden

by musicOMH

The Royal Opera’s upcoming production of La Calisto, opening in late September, will be a double first for the company. Not only is it the...

Five Days, One Hundred concerts! Kings Place opens at King’s Cross

by musicOMH

Kings Place looks set to be London’s most vibrant, exciting new arts venue. It opens with a bang one hundred concerts over 5 days, from...

An interview with Ingo Metzmacher

by musicOMH

“Who’s afraid of 20th century music ?” is the title of a series of recordings Ingo Metzmacher has made as an introduction to modern music,...

Sally Matthews

by Simon Thomas

Soprano Sally Matthews is one of the most exciting talents of her generation.Her career has taken off so spectacularly that it seems extraordinary that she...

Marnie Breckenridge

by musicOMH

With long blond hair, sparkly blue-eyes and a chirpy Californian lilt, Marnie Breckenridge is, by her own admission, pure Americana.Having flaunted her stylish soprano (and...

John Copley

by Simon Thomas

This year, John Copley celebrates 60 years of work at the Royal Opera House, marked by not one but two runs of his celebrated production...

Interview: Sir John Eliot Gardiner

by Simon Thomas

Sir John Eliot Gardiner may not seem the most obvious choice as a Verdian conductor but Simon Boccanegra, now running at the Royal Opera House,...