Monthly Archives: March 2011

ENO’s Return of Ulysses – along with the return of several singers

It’s always good to find a show full of singers you’ve known and admired over the years but haven’t seen (or maybe noticed) for a while. And such a show, for me, is Monteverdi’s Return of Ulysses currently playing in … Continue reading

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Peter Brook – in London for perhaps the last time

Back in 1953 a still-young stage director made a film of The Beggar’s Opera with an extraordinary cast that ranged from Laurence Olivier to Kenneth Williams. Most of them were dubbed for the singing sections. And among the unseen singers … Continue reading

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Anna Nicole (the opera) hits your TV screens this Friday

If you didn’t make it to Mark Anthony Turnage’s new opera Anna Nicole at Covent Garden the other week – and for such a scandalous piece there were scandalously few performances – there’s a TV broadcast you might want to … Continue reading

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New Director for the Royal Opera

It was a long time ago that the Royal Opera announced the impending retirement of Elaine Padmore as its Director, and finding her successor clearly hasn’t been easy . With such a messy hierarchy in the House, it’s never been … Continue reading

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JV Scholarship winner in recital this weekend

Last year’s Jennifer Vyvyan scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music went to Kate Symonds-Joy, a mezzo on the opera course studying with Lillian Watson and Audrey Hyland. Giving lie to the pernicious rumour sometimes circulated that singers have nothing … Continue reading

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A Big Messiah in North London

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ENO’s Damnation of Faust…already damned?

English National Opera hasn’t been having too much luck with its idea of entrusting opera stagings to directors with no experience of staging opera. Matching fresh minds to old repertory is all very well but high-risk. And so far it’s … Continue reading

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Britten-Pears Foundation grants for the Centenary in 2013

According to information just released jointly by the Britten-Pears Foundation and the publisher Boosey & Hawkes, Benjamin Britten now ranks as the third most frequently staged opera composer of the 20th Century, after Puccini and Richard Strauss. Perhaps that information … Continue reading

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A Rising Young Handelian Countertenor – from Sudan

This coming Saturday, a North London choral society takes on Handel’s Messiah with a countertenor singing the alto arias. And though that may sound adventurous to older listeners who’d rather hear Dame Janet Baker (the great British mezzo of her … Continue reading

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