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Preview: Salzburg Festival 2019

by Melanie Eskenazi

In the beautiful surroundings of Ely House, now the Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, just around the corner from the Royal Academy in London, the team from…



Preview: BBC Proms 2018

by Barry Creasy

It would not be at all surprising to see a Tricolore flying over the Royal Albert Hall this summer, and for the usual rendition of...

Preview: West Green House Opera 2018

by Sam Smith

Judged by the standard of its recent seasons, West Green House Opera is surely a contender for the title of most underrated summer opera venue...

Preview: Opera Holland Park 2018

by Sam Smith

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

Preview: Garsington Opera 2018

by Melanie Eskenazi

Garsington’s 2018 season is perhaps the most enticing of all the Summer opera offerings: there are four new productions including a world premiere, and the...

Preview: Longborough Festival Opera 2018

by Sam Smith

Longborough Festival Opera occupies a special place in the summer opera calendar. Nestled in the Gloucestershire Countryside, with glorious views over the Cotswolds, it is...

Gregory Rose, Singcircle: “There’s the hippy angle to it… six people sitt...

by Barry Creasy

Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Stimmung, very much a child of post-serialist experimentalism, has, since its first performance in 1968, achieved somewhat of a cult status, not least...

Opera: Passion, Power and Politics @ Victoria and Albert Museum, London

by Melanie Eskenazi

This major exhibition, opening on September 30th, is the first to explore Opera on a grand scale – and what a scale it is, with...

Interview: Jac van Steen

by Melanie Eskenazi

Garsington Opera will present Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande on June 16th, with six further performances. The Philharmonia Orchestra will be conducted by Jac van Steen;...

Preview: Barbican Hall 2017-18

by Barry Creasy

The Barbican’s multi-arts 2017-18 season is entitled ‘The Art of Change’. It is a response to last year’s Brexit vote, and the UK’s seeming shift...

Preview: West Green House Opera 2017

by Sam Smith

Situated near Winchfield, West Green House Opera is a wonderful enigma. Small by the standards of many summer opera venues, there is actually much to...

Preview: Opera Holland Park 2017

by Sam Smith

Glyndebourne, Garsington and the various Granges are hardly major treks from the capital, but in terms of accessible summer opera for the average Londoner nothing...

Preview: Royal Opera 2017

by Melanie Eskenazi

Oliver Mears’ first season and Antonio Pappano’s sixteenth at the Royal Opera House looks like a safe mixture of the new and not so new,...

Preview: Garsington Opera 2017

by Melanie Eskenazi

Booking opens today for the extended 2017 season at Garsington Opera at Wormsley, and if you haven’t yet experienced this idyllic place and its always-...

Preview: Longborough Festival Opera 2017

by Sam Smith

Longborough Festival Opera occupies a special place in the summer opera calendar. Nestled in the Gloucestershire Countryside, with glorious views over the Cotswolds, it is...

Preview: Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2017

by Melanie Eskenazi

Public booking opens on Sunday for the 2017 Festival, with three new offerings this year, plus three revivals of past successes. The major draws are...

Preview: Glyndebourne Tour 2016

by Melanie Eskenazi

The 2016 Glyndebourne Tour starts in just two weeks’ time, beginning with a new production of Madama Butterfly at Glyndebourne itself on October 14th. The...

Roundup: BBC Proms 2016

by Sam Smith

Every year when the Proms schedule is released in April there seem to be cries of excitement and expressions of disappointment in almost equal measure....

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

by Sam Smith

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

by Sam Smith

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...