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November 12   -  

ENO Old Vic and the Myth of Imbalance

The ENO has been forced to pull out of its venture with the Old  Vic Bristol. This production of Orfeo was eagerly anticipated because the Old Vic is one of Britain's oldest theatres, ideal in size and ambience for Monteverdi. Bristol is a ...

November 10   -  

Anthem for Doomed Youth - Wilfred Owen 11/11

Only the monstrous anger of the guns.  Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle  Can patter out their hasty orisons. No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells;  Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs, – The shrill, ...

November 10   -  

Rameau Platée comes to London with Paul Agnew

Paul Agnew conducts Rameau Platée with the Early Opera Company on 20th November. That's Agnew in the photo above, when he was singing Platée in 1999 with Marc Minkowski. Platée is one of Rameau's best known works, ranking with ...

November 8   -  

Georg Trakl Spiegelspiel Austrian Cultural Forum

Georg Trakl died 100 years ago this week. Look into his feral eyes - he's posing neatly for a formal portrait but those are the eyes of a Wild Child. Trakl was born in Salzburg, like Mozart, and was drinking excessively and doing drugs by the age of ...

November 7   -  

What's with the shark ? Mozart Idomeneo Royal Opera House

What's the fuss about the shark ? Mozart Idomeneo at the Royal Opera House last night (I was at Boris Godunov on Monday)  Very musically satisfying, with Marc Minkowski at the helm. The infamous shark appears for only a few ...

November 6   -  

Opera Rara Les Martyrs Donizetti Elder OAE

Eagerly anticipated, Opera Rara's Donizetti Les Martyrs delivered magnificently, confirming yet again that Opera Rara's reputation for pioneering lesser known treasures in the repertoire. Although Les Martyrs is not unknown (there are ...

November 4   -  

Gergiev Mariinsky Boris Godunov Barbican

Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov (original version) with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Opera, starting their residency at the Barbican, London. Gergiev loves the Mariinsky, which has scaled great heights under his direction. Boris Godunov ...

November 3   -  

Daniel Harding's life-affirming Mahler 6 (video)

From BR Klassik, a concert given earlier this year in Munich. Watch here. Daniel Harding conducts the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Henry Purcell Funeral Music for Queen Mary and Mahler Symphonie no 6. What I love ...

November 2   -  

Wexford Opera Festival 2014

Claire Seymour is back from the Wexford Opera Festival. Here is a link to her very detailed review in Opera Today : take your time to savour and enjoy - this review feels almost like being there.

November 1   -  

Florian Boesch Wigmore Hall - Liszt Strauss revelations

Any Florian Boesch and Malcolm Martineau performance is superb, but this Wigmore Hall recital surprised, too.  Boesch's Schubert is wonderful, but this time, it was his Liszt and Strauss songs. This year at the Wigmore Hall, we've heard a lot of ...
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