Opera + Classical Music Features

Festival 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 his post as director in October, he has overseen 12…



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

Preview: English National Opera 2007-08 Season

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. At the press conference to launch their 2007/8 season, they...

Philip Langridge interview: “There’s nothing worse than a director who does...

by Simon Thomas

Philip Langridge is one of the UK’s most respected tenors, with over 40 years experience on the opera stage, in the concert hall and recording studio. In 1994 he was made a Commander of the...

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 by Dame Janet Baker to Sir John Tomlinson for his...

Spotlight: 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

Preview: Royal Festival Hall 2008 Season

by Dave Paxton

The Royal Festival Hall is finally back, and with a programme packed to bursting with great orchestras, conductors and soloists

Preview: 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 as dreams go, the Verbier Festival in Switzerland is a...

Lesley Garrett interview: “You have to become an elite athlete just to do it, but...

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 radio. Unlike other so-called”cross-over” artists, she had a glittering career...

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 October 2). The even better news is that the Royal...

Anthony Michaels-Moore interview: “I’m lucky to have sung in all the main h...

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 the Royal Opera House. Il Conte di Luna is the...

Preview: 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 performers. The Barbican’s Great Performers line up looks to be...

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 contemporary operas and seldom-performed classics from the 20th Century repertoire....

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 are simply spoilt for choice but it’s not just in...

Felicity Palmer interview: “Sensitive artists tend to be quite complicated”

by Dominic McHugh

The mezzo-soprano returns to London and the role of the Marquise de Berkenfeld in a new Royal Opera production of Donizetti’s La fille du régiment

Francesca Zambello on Carmen: “‘Live free or die’ is her motto and lo...

by Dominic McHugh

American opera and theatre director Francesca Zambello‘s productions have been seen the world over. From La bohème in the round at the Royal Albert Hall to Aladdin: The Musical for Disneyland, and from Berlioz’s epic Les...

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, respectively, Mozart and Shostakovich. It also saw the completion of...

Interview: Sarah Chang

by Ben Hogwood

Sarah Chang is the classic child prodigy, beginning to play the violin at the age of four, performing with major orchestras by the age of eight. While most violinists have barely reached grade one by...

Preview: Classical and Opera Nov-Dec 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 to get through those cold nights, and we’ve rounded...

Interview: 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 National Opera, an important new recording of his Mass setting...

Interview: 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 a couple of months into her time at the...