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Interview: Caitlin Hulcup

by Melanie Eskenazi

The Australian mezzo-soprano Caitlin Hulcup has been making quite a name for herself in some of the most prestigious opera houses around the world, and…



Preview: West Green House Opera 2016


Although West Green House Opera is now in its seventeenth season, it still feels like a new discovery. No matter how often one visits, it...

Preview: Longborough Festival Opera 2016


With Martin and Lizzie Graham’s 500-seater opera house standing in the Gloucestershire Countryside, Longborough Festival Opera is well known for providing high quality productions in...

Preview: BBC Proms 2016


With the return of Haydn, Wagner and Bruckner, the retention of Beethoven and Mahler, a healthy dose of opera and some notable innovations concerning performance...

Preview: Royal Opera House 2016-17


You can’t please everyone, and as usual the new season announcement brought its mixture of pleasure and pain; the former came from the retention of...

Preview: Opera Holland Park 2016


While one of the joys of going to see a summer opera at Glyndebourne, Garsington, Grange Park or West Green House is the act of...

Obituary: Peter Maxwell Davies (1934–2016)


“He’s either quite brilliant or mad” Thus said Violet Carson in 1950 of the young Peter Maxwell Davies, following his submission of an early composition...

Interview: David Bruce


On February 25th, Glyndebourne Opera stages the premiere of Nothing, a new opera by David Bruce, the composer of The Firework Maker’s Daughter. It’s based...

Preview: Southbank Centre puts youth and the future at the heart of the 2016/17 season


The Southbank Centre’s Artistic Director, Jude Kelly, declares that “everyone should have access to classical music,” and the centre’s commitment to this is shown by...

Spotlight: All change at The Grange


For lovers of ‘country house opera’ there have been few more eagerly anticipated experiences than that offered by Grange Park Opera: wobbling down that rutted,...

Preview: Glyndebourne Tour 2015


On October 10th, Glyndebourne begins its season of touring operas, with three productions which will be taken from the main house on to Canterbury, Norwich,...

Retrospective: BBC Proms 2015


As this season’s BBC Proms came to a close, it seemed that a retrospective look at them was in order – some thoughts on the...

Preview: Glyndebourne’s new Macbeth comes to Covent Garden


On Wednesday September 9th, as part of ‘Deloitte Ignite,’ the annual festival which begins the Royal Opera Season, a new chamber opera based on Shakespeare’s...

Preview: Handel’s Saul @ Glyndebourne Festival Opera


Barrie Kosky, who is making his Glyndebourne debut with the house’s first production of Handel’s Saul this week, says in the programme that when you...

Q&A: Kate Royal


On July 5th, Glyndebourne will present Fiona Shaw’s award-winning production of Britten’s chamber opera The Rape of Lucretia; when first seen as part of the...

Q&A: Edgaras Montvidas


The Lithuanian tenor Edgaras Montvidas sings Belmonte in Glyndebourne’s new production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail, which opens this weekend. He found time to...

Interview: Bruno Ravella


­­­ Next Saturday, June 6th, Garsington Opera at Wormsley unveils its new production of Richard Strauss’ Intermezzo, an eagerly anticipated outing for this too-rarely performed...

Classical Spotlight: Glyndebourne’s General Director goes to the Proms


The appointment of David Pickard as Director of the BBC Proms is a move which is sure to delight and dismay. Delight, because anyone who...

Preview: Opera Holland Park 2015 Season


While Glyndebourne, Garsington, Grange Park and West Green House all offer that peerless summer opera experience, there is one venue in the heart of London...

Preview: BBC Proms 2015


The 2015 season is the 120th anniversary of the world’s largest and longest-running music festival, with 92 concerts over two months. As ever, the programme...

Preview: Royal Opera 2015-16 Season


The Royal Opera’s Music and Opera Directors, and its Chief Executive were full of enthusiasm and not lacking a little touch of pride when they...