Thanks to a Time Out offer, Proms-style Arena standing tickets for the nine-hour Bach Marathon at the Royal Albert Hall this Easter Monday are reduced from £29 to £10.
The mammoth programme of music and talks, devised by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, runs from 1pm to 10pm. Here's what's scheduled:
I make that the equivalent of four normal concerts - effectively at £2.50 each with the discount. Bargain or what?
Worried about standing for nine hours? Unless there's a last-minute rush for tickets, there should be room to sit on the floor - small cushion/blanket advised. You will also be able to skip sections or leave between pieces - just as well, as there are only two half-hour breaks.
We can only imagine how thrilled Matti Salminen must have been when he learned more than just singing skills were required for his role as Gurnemanz in Cologne Opera's new Parsifal.
Director Carlus Padrissa has deemed that the veteran bass will mix, knead and bake ten loaves of bread during the six-hour show. These will be distributed to the salivating audience at the end.
For anyone who can't wait that long, the opera house is for the first time providing a restaurant service during intermssions.
The enterprising Dutch group Stichting Lustrum Opera are planning a Rheingold with a difference to celebrate Wagner's 200th birthday.
Bringing the opera to the audience, the 135m barge M.V.S. Oriana has been converted to accommodate a stage, a 90-piece orchestra and a 500-strong audience in its cargo hold. It will sail down the Rhine during in July, mooring at locations from Koblenz to Rotterdam for the shows.
Tickets for the latest revival of ENO's La bohème are 50% off with a new Time Out offer.
This brings the dress circle price down to £41.50 and the front upper circle to £31 - but the best bargain has to be the back two rows of the upper circle at £12.50 (no subtitles visible). You won't get anything cheaper than that.
The main drawback with Time Out offers is that you don't find out which seats have been allocated until you pick up the tickets on the night - and £31+ for anything behind the front couple of rows is not a great bargain.
Before Sky Arts 2 yield to the dark side with two weeks of non-stop Andre Rieu, they're showing a few decent programmes.
One is the Omnibus music education series made by Leonard Bernstein for US public TV in the '50s. Above, Lenny works out what makes La bohème tick in his look at opera.
Reader Duncan has two spare tickets for the Nabucco rehearsal at the ROH tomorrow to give away. One is amphitheatre aisle, one is stalls circle stage side. Duncan will meet you at the ROH before the show for the handover.
Please email me if you're interested, stating which one you'd prefer (or both) and I will forward your email to Duncan. First come, first served.
*UPDATE* Tickets now gone! Congratulations to Alexander and Mimi, and many thanks to Duncan for his generous offer.
Leave your vibrato at home. Ashley Solomon's period ensemble Florilegium present the centrepiece of this year's Bath Festival - a #steamy# production of Purcell's Dido and Aeneasin the city's Roman Baths.
Tickets for the standing-only shows on 29 and 30 May are £30 each and include a glass of Prosecco.
Strictly for Red Nose Day purposes, Robin Blaze tackles Justin Bieber's Beauty And A Beat, countertenor-style.
Elizabeth Peyton: "Carmen, Jonas Kaufmann (2)", 2011, monotype on
handmade paper (© 2012: Elizabeth Peyton and Regen Projects, Los
Remember Elizabeth Peyton's Wagner exhibition at the Met?
Now showing at the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden is Here She Comes Now, a selection of Peyton's portraits of musicians. Most of the subjects are from the pop world - but it seems the artist's eye was caught by a certain tenor. Representing opera is Jonas Kaufmann, as captured in the Ring, Carmen and Lohengrin.
An exhibition flyer and book (£34) are available if you can't get to the show.
What Wondrous Thing; Lohengrin (Jonas Kaufman) 1-3
Set of three monotypes on handmade paper
14 1/4 x 18 inches (36.2 x 45.7 cm) each
17 1/4 x 17 1/2 inches (43.8 x 44.5 cm) each framed
What Wondrous Thing Do I See...(Lohengrin, Jonas Kaufmann)
Oil on veneered panel
9 x 11 inches (22.9 x 27.9 cm)
Eh? Die Meistersinger with ruffs? Richard Jones plunges into a not-unfamiliar world of ginger wigs and puffy shorts with his new production of Britten's Gloriana - the one that's coming to Covent Garden in June.
Typically, the Royal Opera House are choosing to celebrate the centenary of the composer's birth with a secondhand show - it launches in Hamburg tonight with Simone Young conducting and Amanda Roocroft as Elizabeth I.
Production photos and video below.
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