Classical and Opera Features

Verbier Festival 2007

by Simon Thomas

Not all of us can jet off to this or that festival (apart from anything, it’s bad for the environment) but we can dream. And…



Spotlight: Olivier Awards Opera Winners

by Simon Thomas

At this year’s Olivier Awards, presented at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London on Sunday night, there were three opera recipients. A Special Award was presented...

Royal Festival Hall Re-opening

by Dave Paxton

The Royal Festival Hall is finally back, and with a programme packed to bursting with great orchestras, conductors and soloists.Opening night is 11 June, with...

Lesley Garrett

by Simon Thomas

Soprano Lesley Garrett has been successful in everything she’s turned her hand to – stage work (both operatic and musical theatre), concerts, television, recordings and...

Royal Festival Hall 2008 Preview

by Dave Paxton

The Royal Festival Hall is finally back, and with a programme packed to bursting with great orchestras, conductors and soloists.Opening night is 11 June ,...

Constantinople

by musicOMH




Anthony Michaels-Moore

by Dominic McHugh

A witty conversationalist and modest interlocutor, baritone Anthony Michaels-Moore’s real-life persona could hardly be further from that of the character he’s about to play at...

Great Performers 2007-2008

by Dave Paxton

With the Royal Festival Hall threatening to finally reopen in June of this year, its competitors must work especially hard to attract both audiences and...

Preview: Opera In The UK 2007

by Dave Paxton

Antonio Pappano in the pit and a high-octane cast including Eva Maria-Westbroek, Bryn Terfel and Placido Domingo gracing the boards, anticipation is sky high (from...

Preview: Concerts in the UK 2007

by Simon Thomas

One of the joys of living in London is that you can go out almost every night of the year and see world-class music-making. Londoners...

The Opera Group’s John Fulljames: “We have this obsession with going to the...

by Simon Thomas

John Fulljames is the Artistic Director of the middle-scale touring company The Opera Group, which is gaining a reputation for exciting and accessible productions of...

Felicity Palmer

by Dominic McHugh

Mezzo-soprano Felicity Palmer is one of the most respected and admired opera singers of the past three decades, her vivid performing style, pronounced acting ability...

Sarah Chang

by Ben Hogwood

Sarah Chang is the classic child prodigy, beginningto play the violin at the age of four, performing withmajor orchestras by the age of eight.While mostviolinists...

Classical Review of the Year 2006

by Dominic McHugh

2006 was the year of the big anniversary, as orchestras and opera houses went head to head in celebrating the 250th and 100th birthdays of,...

Francesca Zambello

by Dominic McHugh

American opera and theatre director Francesca Zambello’s productions have been seen the world over.From La bohme in the round at the Royal Albert Hall to...

Will Todd

by Dominic McHugh

It’s been a busy year for composer Will Todd, his projects including an off-Broadway musical, an opera world premiere at Gateshead and another for Welsh...

Classical and Opera Preview: November-December 2006

by Dominic McHugh

The clocks have turned back and winter’s here.But there’s no need to despair: some of London’s best concerts and opera productions might just help you...

Katie van Kooten

by Dominic McHugh

American soprano Katie van Kooten has benefited from her time on the Royal Opera’s Young Artists Programme even more than most.Back in November 2004, only...

Steve Reich: “In 1987 I decided that I don’t need 18 first violins” &...

by Ben Hogwood

When the musical style known as Minimalism began to take hold in the late 1960s it would have seemed almost inconceivable that, 40 years on,...