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musicOMH’s 2020 Classical Advent Calendar Day 5:
Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker’

by Sam Smith

The holidays wouldn’t be complete without a spot of ballet, so we celebrate dance with the fifth treat in our special musical Advent Calendar



musicOMH’s 2020 Classical Advent Calendar Day 4:
Britten’s ‘A Ceremon...

by Melanie Eskenazi

A double-header on day 4 of our Advent Calendar. In memory of two composers who left us on this day

musicOMH’s 2020 Classical Advent Calendar Day 3:
Poulenc’s ‘Un Soir d...

by Barry Creasy

Choral music is traditional at this time of year. Day 3 of our Advent Calendar brings us a beautiful example

musicOMH’s 2020 Classical Advent Calendar Day 2:
Humperdinck’s ‘Häns...

by Sam Smith

Day 2 of our Advent Calendar highlights some festive magic thanks to Engelbert Humperdinck. No, not that one!

musicOMH’s 2020 Classical Advent Calendar Day 1:
Clarke’s ‘Prince of Denm...

by Melanie Eskenazi

The first day of musicOMH’s 2020 Classical Advent Calendar opens a door on a piece by the first organist of the rebuilt St Paul’s Cathedral

musicOMH’s Classical Advent Calendar 2020

by Melanie Eskenazi

Happy Holidays from musicOMH!

Preview: Longborough Festival Opera’s Pagliacci

by Sam Smith

Sam Smith looks forward to the opportunity to reassess one half of ‘Cav and Pag’ on its own terms

Preview: Opera North looks to the future and provides sustenance for the present

by Melanie Eskenazi

Lockdown can’t stop music. Melanie Eskenazi looks forward to some online treats from Opera North

Spotlight: Stile Antico’s The Journey of the Mayflower

by Barry Creasy

A new project from Stile Antico is explored by Barry Creasy

Where there’s a will… How the Bavarian State Opera is coping during the pandemic

by Keith McDonnell

Live opera with an audience is possible. Keith McDonnell traveled to Munich to see for himself

Why I Love… Ariadne auf Naxos

by Sam Smith

Continuing the series on our writers’ operatic passions, Sam Smith considers how a flawed first version of Ariadne auf Naxos went on to produce a...

Preview: Opera Holland Park’s August 2020 Performances

by Sam Smith

Continuing our series on how summer opera festivals are adjusting to Covid-19, Sam Smith looks at two events coming up at Holland Park in early...

Why I love… Saul

by Barry Creasy

In our continuing series, Barry Creasy explores Handel’s oratorio Saul, to be broadcast as part of the BBC Proms

Preview: Fidelio @ Garsington Opera, Wormsley

by Melanie Eskenazi

Opera venues are starting to open with performances attended by audiences. Melanie Eskenazi tells us about one coming up

Preview: Nevill Holt Opera’s New 2020 Season

by Sam Smith

Opera Houses around the country continue to find innovative solutions to lockdown. Sam Smith tells us the latest

Previews: Eboracum Baroque – Heroic Handel & The Ryedale Festival

by Melanie Eskenazi

Melanie Eskenazi alerts us to two virtual musical events coming soon to a screen near you

Why I Love… Tosca

by Sam Smith

Continuing the series on our writers’ operatic passions, Sam Smith reveals his admiration for one of Puccini’s most loved works

Preview: Garsington Opera 2021 – and a concert from Wormsley to enjoy now

by Melanie Eskenazi

There is opera to look forward to and gems to savour now. Melanie Eskenazi explains. One of the saddest cancellations of 2020 was the season...

Preview: York Early Music Festival 2020 Online

by Melanie Eskenazi

Despite the partial lifting of lockdown, classical venues remain closed. But, as Melanie Eskenazi has found, there is still much musical enjoyment to be had...

Preview: BBC Proms 2020

by Barry Creasy

The BBC Proms this year will be like no other. Barry Creasy gives us a preview

Why I Love… Götterdämmerung

by Benjamin Poore

Our look at Wagner’s Ring Cycle concludes with Benjamin Poore’s take on this epic work