Classical and Opera Features

Preview: Buxton Festival 2007

by Dave Paxton

Buxton is one of the gems of the Peak District and its opera house one of the loveliest in England. Yes, the 2007 Festival boasts…



Erwin Schrott

by musicOMH

Devilishly handsome with a voice that can charm the most demanding of critics, the young Uruguayan bass-baritone Erwin Schrott has become something of a sensation...


Overture Weekend

by Dave Paxton

The South Bank is an exciting place to be throughout the year, but the weekend Friday 8 to Sunday 10 June promises to be very...


Toby Spence

by musicOMH

Toby Spence doesn’t look like an opera star. Athletically built, with spiky blond hair, he actually looks more like a surfer (which he is, incidentally,...

Opera North 2007/8 Season

by Simon Thomas

Opera North’s new season is dominated by adaptations of Shakespeare, with no fewer than five productions of operas based on the bard. Bellini’s I Capuleti...

The Boatswain’s Mate by Ethel Smyth

by Simon Thomas

The thought of a long-forgotten opera playing in a pub theatre in Earl’s Court may send you screaming for the hills, or it may intrigue...

Royal Opera acquires Opus Arte

by Simon Thomas

In a surprise move, The Royal Opera has just announced the takeover of DVD producer/ distributor Opus Arte. The label, which has a reputation for...

Katherine Broderick

by Simon Thomas

Soprano Katherine Broderick is still coming down from the most amazing week of her life, winning both the Kathleen Ferrier Award and Guildhall’s prestigious Gold...

English National Opera: The Future

by Simon Thomas

If the creative team at English National Opera is putting an optimistic gloss on the company’s potential problems, they have plenty new to boast about....


Preview: BBC Proms 2007

by Ben Hogwood

Nicholas Kenyon was in bullish mood as he announced the details of the Proms, season 113. As well he might be, for though he leaves...

Royal Opera 2007/2008 Season

by Dave Paxton

So the Royal Opera’s new season is announced, and what a treat it looks to be. Even the seemingly obligatory revivals are bolstered by attractive...


Chorus Lines by Raymund Dring

by Simon Thomas

Raymund Dring was a member of English National Opera’s chorus for nearly 30 years and in Chorus Lines he chronicles his eventful working life with...

Obituary: Mstislav Rostropovich, 1927-2007

by Ben Hogwood

The great cellist died on 27 April 2007, of a long illness believed to be cancer, aged 80

Elijah Moshinsky

by Simon Thomas

Audiences currently attending The Royal Opera’s Stiffelio are being presented with a naturalistic interpretation of Verdi’s opera with no conceptual excesses. The production is the...

Gerald Finley

by Simon Thomas

Slightly late for our meeting, Gerald Finley found himself winding through the labyrinthine corridors in the depths of the Royal Opera House. He says it...

Satyagraha

by musicOMH