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Unter dem Motto „Bach +“ der diesjährigen Heidelberger Bachwoche stand auch das Konzert „Flow my tears“, in dem das Ensemble Riverberi Werke Johann Sebastian Bachs denen seiner englischen und italienischen Zeitgenossen gegenüberstellte.
67-year-old diva Edita Gruberova presents a devastating portrayal of a desperate mother supported by a strong cast in a stark modern production.
Thierry Fischer and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales presented an eclectic programme, with an exciting première by Simon Holt and the many different facets of 20th century French orchestral music.
Eva-Maria Höckmayr's brilliantly unsettling double vision of Tannhäuser sees our hero both being, and watching himself being overwhelmed by psychic anguish, appalled at the futility of pleasure, and tortured by his savage envy of salvation.
A kids’ TV format transferred to a Proms concert offered plenty of entertainment for the target audience, but precious little music.
Surreal floating magic from Aracaladanza surprises and delights at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
This outdoor piece wasn’t just about nature; it took place in nature. The rumbles of bass drums and timpani mingled with the delicate sounds of the wind rustling through the trees and stones being scraped together by musicians.
From the insistent, driving opening to the sublime transcendence of the closing chorale, Norrington, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and James Gilchrist give us a St John Passion to remember.
As Britain prepares to celebrate the centenary of World War One, Britten's War Requiem brings a remarkable start to the Worcester Three Choirs Festival.
How would the Choir of King's College, Cambridge cope in the difficult acoustic of Sydney Opera House? Under the direction of Stephen Cleobury, they delivered a polished programme.
At the heart of New Opera Singapore is a desire to demystify opera for Singapore audiences.
The BBC Philharmonic's chief conductor Juanjo Mena and violinst Tamsin in an astonishing performance of Moeran's Violin Concerto. Mena also brings his own interpretation of Elgar's Enigma Variations.
Anna Pool's gorgeous retelling of a traditional Norwegian folk tale makes for an original, witty, charming opera... with a singing polar bear who will surely steal your heart.
Avec son programme O ,le San Francisco Ballet nous propose un parcours chorégraphique émaillé d’œuvres désormais inscrites dans la tradition de la danse et de chorégraphies plus récentes.
Oliver Rudland's new opera based on Golding's novel Pincher Martin, receives its première at the Royal College of Music.
Valery Gergiev and the LSO present a concert of two halves: an awkward Brahms Piano Concerto, but a thrilling Janáček Glagolitic Mass.
The Detroit Symphony triumphantly returned to its summer home tonight after many years away, ending the 2013-14 season with a flourish.
Martin Lloyd-Evan's highly sensitive production features a show-stealing performance by Richard Burkhard but is marred by problems of orchestral balance.
For the first time in the Proms' history, the programme for the first of this season's Late Nights included the premiere of A Man from the Future, a groundbreaking new piece about codebreaker Alan Turing.
Pale ghostly faces, flowers in heaven and a spell binding Christian Gerhaher: Munich celebrates Monteverdi's Orfeo.
With so much focus - understandably - on London's concerts during the Proms season, it is a delight to be able to listen to and attend various other related performances across the UK.
Since its world première at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 20 years ago (in collaboration with Opera North), H.K. Gruber’s short theatre-piece Gloria von Jaxtberg has racked up almost 70 performances in Britain, Austria, Germany, and the USA.
The BBC Symphony Orchestra première the first of two late works by John Tavener this Proms season and Isabelle Faust excels in Bartók and Bach.
Glyndebourne’s annual away day from Lewes to the heaving metropolis is always a highlight of the Proms season, but this year’s visit was more hotly anticipated than usual.
A disappointing programme of choreography that fails to sublime the New York City Ballet principal's talents.
Once you've seen Victorian Opera’s new production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, it's unlikely you'll ever get it out of your head. It’s Melbourne’s current “anti-musical”, quietly intoxicating the audience with infectious force.
Week two of the Bolshoi Ballet's New York engagement featured the effervescent Maria Alexandrova as Kitri in a mostly successful Don Quixote. Alexandrova and Lantratov (as Basilio) lit up the stage of the Koch Theater (Lincoln Centre Festival, New York)
After 19 years, David Zinman took his leave from the post of music director of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich yesterday with an affectionate Proms programme of Strauss, Dvořák and Beethoven.
This year we are celebrating the 250th anniversary of Rameau’s death and the BBC Proms has invited French Baroque specialists Les Arts Florissants to give a pair of contrasting concerts of his music.
This production of Puccini’s masterpiece was delivered on a monochromatic set, with a director-centred staging of the story of love and despair of Cio-Cio San.
If you want to have your operatic head seriously messed with, imagine the following: Così fan tutte staged on the Act I/IV set of John Copley’s soon-to-be-mothballed La bohème, which closed with a double performance on Saturday afternoon and evening. Throw in Don Alfonso sporting frock coat, wig and cane, looking for all the world like Baron Scarpia, and the mash-up of references had my head spinning.
This was the first time I've been to a concert with a 10:30 kick-off, but then this was the first of its kind. Nor did the inaugural Sport Prom turn out to be merely a game of two halves...
Valery Gergiev conducts the unique World Orchestra for Peace in a devastating perfomance of Mahler's Sixth Symphony at the BBC Proms. A Strauss rarity and a European premier were programmed alongside.
Alina Cojocaru Dream Project 2014 brings together in Tokyo international artist from the Royal Ballet, Dutch National Ballet and the National Opera of Bucharest. An intimate evening with Alina Cojocaru and some of the best dancers on the world's stages.
“Sorry for my meddling. I am the director of this opera.” Before the curtain opens, in a prologue to the prologue, Delbono shows up and addresses the audience.
Alice's story in a sparkling outdoor production for families, which will not disappoint mainstream opera enthusiasts.
Samedi 19 juillet, Santtu-Matias Rouvali dirigeait à l’Opéra Berlioz de Montpellier un programme de musique russe interprété par l’Orchestre Philharmonique et le Chœur de Radio France, rejoints pour une séquence violon par Renaud Capuçon. Un répertoire dont l’orchestre et les chanteurs ont su mettre en valeur le lyrisme et la solennité.
An excellent orchestral performance and fine singing from Yvonne Howard and Heather Shipp make Opera Holland Park's Norma well worth seeing, in spite of imperfections.
The China Philharmonic Orchestra and Long Yu made their BBC Proms première, the concert's rather jumbled programme producing mixed results.
Vendredi 18 juillet à 20h, sous la direction de Santtu-Matias Rouvali, l'Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France a interprété un programme consacré à Maurice Ravel. Une soirée inoubliable qui restera gravée dans les mémoires comme un sommet de musicalité. Festival de Radio France - Montpellier Languedoc Roussillon
A brave choice for a Proms season opener, but Elgar's ponderous score is presented in the best possible light by the BBC forces.
In one of the most fascinating resorts on the Neapolitan southern coast, the amazing London Symphony Orchestra performed Maher's First Symphony with its principal guest conductor.
What man wants most is that which he cannot have. With a great deal of humour and attention to detail, Dieter Dorn leads Figaro and the household of his baronial palace through its “day of madness” to give us an evening of wonder.
Un concert de « musique spatiale », composé d’œuvres de Grisey, Saariaho, Maresz, Harvey et Boule, au festival de Radio France, à Montpellier. Le spectateur est projeté dans un autre espace-temps, pour une immersion au cœur de la technologie et de l’innovation artistique qui ne peut laisser indifférent.
Mercredi 16 juillet à 20h, Alain Altinoglu dirigeait l'Orchestre National de France dans un programme intitulé « Autour de 1914 ». A l’opéra Berlioz de Montpellier, Wagner, Stephan, Schubert et Brahms étaient interprétés dans le cadre du festival de Radio France. Un programme d’une grande intensité donnant lieu à un moment de mémoire.
Maria Cristina Kiehr in an enlightening evening of early Renaissance Spanish music at the York Early Music Festival.
In an excellent performance, two Dutch masters wow their audience with Mendelssohn's romanticism in a concerto not often performed, with a German orchestra barely playing back-up.
Mardi 15 et mercredi 16 juillet, les concerts donnés à 18h dans la Salle Pasteur du Corum étaient consacrés aux compositrices pionnières. Les interprètes ont pris plaisir à sortir de l’ombre des œuvres méconnues, à la beauté inédite : une excellente initiative doublée d’une réalisation impeccable.
Svetlana Zakharova's Odette-Odile rises Bolshoi ballet's otherwise disapointing Swan Lake , with a luminous performance, by the Bolshoi Orchestra. In New York, as part of Lincoln Centre Festival.
L’Opéra Berlioz de Montpellier accueillait mardi 15 juillet le premier opéra de l’édition 2014 du Festival Radio France, en version concert : Zingari de Leoncavallo (1912), dirigé par Michele Mariotti. Une œuvre courte où les passions s’expriment avec ardeur, des interprètes pleins de l’énergie exigée par le vérisme : une réussite.