Classical and Opera Features

David Harsent

by Simon Thomas

Award-winning poet David Harsent has collaborated with composer Harrison Birtwistle for over 20 years. The latest result of this long-running relationship is their second opera,…



BBC Proms 2008

by Simon Thomas

The BBC Proms has announced its 2008 season, the first for the new Director Roger Wright.There are no big surprises in the line-up, no through...

Interview: Edward Gardner

by musicOMH

The industrial wastelands of East London are an incongruous setting for the studios of English National Opera. However, this is where Music Director Edward Gardner...

Olivier Opera Awards

by Simon Thomas

If the inclusion of the Royal Opera’s Pellas et Mlisande in the nominations for the 2008 Olivier Awards took some people by surprise, it may...

Olivier Awards Opera Nominations

by Simon Thomas

The 2008 Olivier Award nominations have been announced and there’s at least one surprise in the Opera category. Stanislav Nordey’s controversial staging of Pelleas and...

Richard Hickox 1948-2008

by Ben Hogwood

It was with a sense of shock that British classical music lost one of its most influential and hardest working figures, with the announcement of...

A Feast of Birtwistle

by Simon Thomas

London operagoers are in for a slew of Harrison Birtwistle operas over the next couple of months. 40 years after it was first produced, we...

Kate Royal

by musicOMH

Formal rehearsals for the next job haven’t started yet, so I arrange to meet Kate Royal at her house in Dulwich.It saves a trip into...

2007 British Composer Awards

by Dave Paxton

The winners of the 5th British Composer Awards were announced on Wednesday 5th December at Glaziers Hall, London. The ceremony was hosted by the British...

Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser

by Simon Thomas

Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser are the directing duo who have been working together for nearly 25 years, having produced more than 70 operas all...

Ida Haendel/Razumovsky Ensemble at Wigmore Hall

by Simon Thomas

There is a chance to hear one of the legends of 20th Century music this coming weekend, with an appearance at the Wigmore Hall of...

Preview: January-February Concerts

by Dave Paxton

The early months of the year can be uninspiring for the music lover, but this January and February look promising. Once Raymond Gubbay’s overpriced and...

Classical Review of 2007

by musicOMH

During 2007, musicOMH.com has reviewed over 60 operas and something like 120 concerts. In addition, there have been interviews with many star singers including Simon...

National Children’s Orchestra Christmas Concert

by Simon Thomas

On Sunday 16 December, the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain gives its Christmas concert at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon. The talented youngsters, aged...

Cheryl Barker

by musicOMH

Cheryl Barker has become something of a star at ENO in recent years. The Australian soprano has played a seductive Salome, an impassioned Emilia Marty,...

A Magical Classical Christmas in London

by Dave Paxton

In 2007, we Londoners have enjoyed many sweet classical treats, including Laurent Pelly’s La Fille du Rgiment, John Tomlinson’s Wotan and the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra’s...

Ludovic T

by musicOMH

“This is the sort of house you dream about” Ludovic Tzier says, “From the guy at the main entrance to the boss, they all make...

Lucy Crowe

by musicOMH

Since graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 2004 Lucy Crowe’s talent has been acknowledged with a Second Prize at the 2005 Kathleen Ferrier...

Wagner on Screen at the BFI

by Simon Thomas

If, like Bryn Terfel, you won’t be spending great swathes of October at the Royal Opera House for The Ring, you might want to get...

Simon Keenlyside

by Simon Thomas

Actor Laurence Olivier once catalogued the injuries he had received during a lifetime of physically demanding stage performances. It was a long list which involved...

THE RING AND I

by Simon Thomas

One of the first opera visits I ever made was to see Reginald Goodall’s Ring at English National Opera in the mid seventies. It was...