The Bach Choir, one of the world’s leading choruses, has sung in prestigious venues around the UK, collaborated with the Rolling Stones, and worked on blockbuster films including Ridley Scott’s Prometheus.
Assassinated at a masked ball at his opera house in 1792, Swedish king Gustav III was seen by Verdi as the perfect subject for an opera, but the censors in nineteenth century Italy kept demanding changes.
When the director Christof Loy’s production of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde first opened at the Royal Opera House in 2009, some of the audience were in for a shock.
We know that vinyl is back, but now the demand for retro is leading to some extraordinary prices. As LP sales return to a level not seen for almost 20 years, a small west London vinyl-only record label is busy producing handmade limited-edition albums that sell for up to £2,500.
Produced in tandem with Paris Opera and Stockholm Opera, this is English National Opera’s first shot at a children’s opera. And in Katie Mitchell, their choice of director seems a wise one because Mitchell – with three successful children’s shows at the National under her belt – has a track record for this tricky kind of endeavour.
'The piece is a dialogue,' said Harrison Birtwistle in a pre-concert interview regarding the premiere of his new piano concerto Responses: sweet disorder and the carefully careless, adding that he didn’t know ‘how it will speak’.
‘On the stage walk sounds, not people,’ wrote a perceptive German critic of Tristan, and that could be a summing up of the philosophy underlying Christof Loy’s cinematic and psychologically acute staging, now revived at Covent Garden.
Between the ages of 27 and 33, Beethoven wrote nine of his 10 sonatas for piano and violin.
The Royal Ballet's skylit studios at the Royal Opera House always host intense work-outs by dedicated dancers. This time, though, the walls are shaking. The ZooNation Dance Company are rehearsing its new, Lewis Carroll-inspired family show, The Mad Hatter's Tea Party. Next door the ballet principals are tackling Christopher Wheeldon's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland for the main stage, but in here the explosive energy of street dance conjures a very different take on Carroll's zany characters for the Linbury Studio's Christmas offering.
Esa-Pekka Salonen’s ideas are inexhaustible, and his latest, ‘City of Light: Paris 1900-1950’, has generated a very fruitful season. Taking Paris as a parallel universe to Vienna, he argues that while the Viennese cultural revolution was played out by the end of the Thirties, the Parisian one is still going strong, thanks to the enduring power of Debussy, Stravinsky, Ravel, and Messiaen.
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