Classical and Opera Features
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Spotlight: Stile Antico tackle Spem in Alium in lockdown

by Barry Creasy

Relying on group meetings, choral music performance is in turmoil. These early music specialists have a technological solution



Why I Love… Carlo Bergonzi

by Simon Thomas

Our series moves to performers, as Simon Thomas explains his love for a great tenor

Garsington in lockdown: long-distance fixes of the operatic kind

by Melanie Eskenazi

Garsington may be down, but they’re not out, as the festival’s streaming service Garsington Opera At Home gears up

Why I Love… The Monteverdi Vespers

by Barry Creasy

Barry Creasy tells us what makes the Vespers so special

Why I Love… La traviata

by Sam Smith

Continuing the series on our writers’ operatic passions, Sam Smith explains what makes a production of Verdi’s 1853 classic work

Why I Love… Winterreise

by Melanie Eskenazi

Melanie Eskenazi guides us to Schubert’s definitive Lockdown Lieder in the latest of our series on private music passions

Loss in translation? Opera surtitles and the right to choose

by Simon Thomas

Is coronavirus lockdown the perfect time to learn a language for the sake of opera? Simon Thomas recalls the introduction of surtitles and asks whether...

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...