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Retrospective: BBC Proms 2015

by Barry Creasy

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...

Spotlight: Glyndebourne 2015 – getting tickets and making the most of it


Public booking for the 2015 Festival opens just after midnight on Monday March 9th, and there are six productions in the season, beginning on May...

Preview: Royal Opera stages its first-ever production of 20th century masterpiece banne...


On March 10th the Royal Opera House will present Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, arguably one...

Preview: Wigmore Hall’s 2015-16 Season


There’s nothing for it – sometime in early September we shall simply have to climb up into the loft, retrieve the horribly socky sleeping bags...

Preview: Southbank Centre announces its 2015-16 Season


We are constantly being told that Classical Music is dead or dying: from the perspective of those of us who attend many concerts, classical music...

Preview: Barbican Classical Music Season 2015-16


It was a real coup de theatre for the Barbican to set its formal announcement of the 2015 season on the concert hall stage; not...

Preview: Vasko Vassilev 20 year anniversary @ Royal Opera, London


Next Monday’s recital in the Royal Opera House’s Lunchtime series is a most unusual one; Vasko Vassilev, the ROH Orchestra’s Concertmaster, will be celebrating his...

2015 International Opera Awards Nominations Revealed


The International Opera Awards, with its aims of celebrating excellence and providing bursaries for emerging talent, has a fair claim to becoming the Oscars of...

Preview: 2015 in the Opera House – London


A jam-packed year for London opera-goers begins with a remarkable ‘first’ for the Royal Opera: Monteverdi’s Orfeo in collaboration with the Roundhouse, involving not just...

Preview: 2015 in the Opera House – Summer Festivals


It’s in gloomy January that opera lovers start to think about those Summer places to which they ‘longen to goon on Pilgrimages’ – and this...

Classical and Opera: The Best Of 2014


In March, The Royal Opera House and the Globe Theatre collaborated in a staging of Cavalli’s L’Ormindo, which we described as “gloriously sung, exquisitely played...

Spotlight: Glyndebourne’s new Young Composer in Residence


Glyndebourne has announced that the Scottish composer Lewis Murphy will take up the position of Young Composer in Residence in January 2015. Lewis studies with...