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Why I Love… The Rite Of Spring

by Benjamin Poore

Our series on personal music passions takes on Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps, a work which happens to you, says Benjamin Poore



Why I Love… Martinů

by Simon Thomas

Simon Thomas continues our series on personal operatic passions, looking at the works of Bohemian composer Bohuslav Martinů

Why I Love… Parsifal

by Keith McDonnell

In our continuing series on personal operatic passions, Keith McDonnell guides us to the very best of Wagner

Grange Park Opera’s Wasfi Kani: “I have to make sure there will be a festiv...

by Melanie Eskenazi

With Grange Park Opera’s 2020 season cancelled, the company’s founder reveals her strategies and hopes for the future

Why I Love… La bohème

by Sam Smith

In the first of a new series on our writers’ operatic passions, Sam Smith explains why Puccini’s 1896 opera never fails to entrance

#OperaHarmony: Opera in the Time of Coronavirus

by Sam Smith

Homemade ‘micro-operitas’ pair composers with librettists to create pieces on the themes of distance or community

Lockdown Listening: Classical and Opera in the time of coronavirus

by Melanie Eskenazi

musicOMH’s classical team is here to help you in these pandemical times

Coronavirus and classical music: not silent, merely muted

by Barry Creasy

With no live opera or concerts for the forseeable future, where can a classical fix be found?

Preview: Longborough Festival Opera 2020

by Sam Smith

Founded in 1998, Longborough Festival Opera is possibly the only summer opera venue in the United Kingdom that puts Wagner at the centre of its...

Preview: Grange Park Opera 2020

by Melanie Eskenazi

Since the move to West Horsley Place in 2017, Grange Park Opera has re-established itself as one of the essential destinations for audiences who love...

Preview: Opera Holland Park 2020

by Sam Smith

While part of the delight of Glyndebourne, Garsington and the Granges is the act of making a day of it, Opera Holland Park’s unique selling...

Preview: West Green House Opera 2020

by Sam Smith

Located near Winchfield in Hampshire, West Green House Opera may be smaller than Glyndebourne, Garsington or the Granges, but, judged by the standards of its...

Preview: Nevill Holt Opera 2020

by Sam Smith

Situated near Market Harborough, Nevill Holt Opera boasts beautiful gardens, sculpture by Anthony Gormley, Marc Quinn and Conrad Shawcross, and stunning views across the Leicestershire...

Preview: Wiener Staatsoper 2019/20

by Barry Creasy

Those lucky enough to be travelling to Vienna over the coming months may well wish to take in an evening of music as part of...

Preview: BBC Proms 2019

by Barry Creasy

2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Henry Wood, the founder-conductor of the Proms, and the man who initiated the concert series’ link...

Preview: London Handel Festival 2019

by Barry Creasy

Since the late 1970s, the London Handel Society has promoted a festival to celebrate the music of the composer christened Georg Friedrich Händel. There are...

Preview: Garsington Opera 2019

by Melanie Eskenazi

Booking is now open for Garsington Opera’s 30th anniversary season, and what an impressive one it is. Each year, this exquisite house set in the...

Preview: Longborough Festival Opera 2019

by Sam Smith

There is one respect in which Longborough Festival Opera can be seen as having succeeded where even Glyndebourne did not. When the festival’s founder Martin...

Obituary: André Previn

by Barry Creasy

Goodnight, Andrew Preview “For another four pounds we could have got Edward Heath…” André Previn’s 1971 appearance on the Morecambe and Wise Show for a...

Preview: Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2019

by Melanie Eskenazi

Public booking for Glyndebourne’s new season opens online at 6 pm on Sunday, March 3rd and at 10 am on Monday, March 4th for an...

Preview: Opera Holland Park 2019

by Sam Smith

While Glyndebourne, Garsington and the Granges all offer an exceptional summer opera experience, there is one venue in the heart of London that also provides...