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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alice's story in a sparkling outdoor production for families, which will not disappoint mainstream opera enthusiasts.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lundi 14 juillet, l’ensemble Pulcinella d'Ophélie Gaillard partageait la scène de l’Opéra Comédie de Montpellier avec la Maîtrise de Radio France dirigée par Sofi Jeannin, dans un programme Scarlatti / Porpora. Un concert assez plaisant, fondé sur un répertoire somptueux.
An updated Orfeo and Eurydice at Buxton sees Orpheus as an ageing rocker, too distracted by adoring groupies to notice Eurydice. However, one piece of casting was an unsolvable conundrum.
Etienne Abelin and others make music visible with the Music Animation Machine.
Hearing Russian opera performed by the forces of the Bolshoi makes for a special experience for New York audiences.
Two worlds occupied by the same two women and presented, jarringly, as a single multi-story set. One is the pristine white deck of a 1960s ship bound for Brazil, and beneath it, where the hull might be, is the grey grim world of Auschwitz.
The charm-ometer was cranked firmly to ‘high’ yesterday evening for the opening opera of this year’s Buxton Festival with a performance of The Jacobin, an opera close to Dvořák’s heart.
La dixième édition des Etés de la danse marque le retour du San Francisco ballet à Paris, compagnie qui avait inauguré cette manifestation en 2005. Une matinée néoclassique dont la beauté et la fluidité de la danse laissent un goût de revenez-y...
Brass chamber music may sound like an alarming oxymoron until you hear the warm sound of Onyx Brass, who brought their Tour de Brass programme to Auckland Castle as part of Durham's annual BRASS festival.
Jamie Phillips and The Hallé orchestra brought an evening of mystery and magic to Manchester in a programme of English classics.
Almost 40 years after its première, Pina Bausch's daring reinterpretation of the myth of Orpheus still captivates audiences worldwide. This tanzoper is one of the most accomplished attempts to create a contemporary tragedy, an enthralling reflection on human boundaries and the acceptance of death.
The National Youth Orchestras of Scotland Junior Orchestra's summer concert: one hundred talented 8-13 year-olds from all over Scotland have fun taking their first orchestral steps.
Schlank ist schön: Gekürzt und auf Violettas Kampf um Leben und Liebesglück fokussiert, begeistert Peter Konwitschnys Grazer Traviata-Inszenierung die Wiener. Marlis Petersen in der Titelpartie ist ein Ereignis.
Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker's Rosas Danst Rosas, presented as part of the Lincoln Center Festival, in New York City.
A l’occasion de l’anniversaire des dix ans du festival Les Etés de la danse, le San Francisco Ballet - première compagnie à avoir participée au festival - revient a Paris. Un programme varié pour une invitation à la découverte !
If you like your Purcell spiced up with some jazz improvisation and Middle-Eastern flavours, Philippe Jaroussky and L’Arpeggiata’s gig was for you.
National Ballet of Canada are in downtown Los Angeles, performing Romeo and Juliet (ch: Alexei Ratmansky) at the Music Centre.
Ermonela Jaho gives an incomparable vocal acting performance; John Copley's production, 40 years old this year, never fails to enthrall. It's being retired after next season: catch it while you can, and remember to pack the handkerchiefs.
Not painting by the numbers: with a trio, a pair of quartets, and an octet, the Seattle Chamber Music Society offers more than the sum of its parts.
On one level, Le Coq d’Or, Rimsky-Korsakov’s final opera, is a simple fairy tale. However, you don’t need to dig far to discover a biting satire, which was largely absent in this presentation by Les Saisons Russes du XXI Siècle.
It was like going on the journey from Kansas to the Land of Oz. After dank, dark drizzle on the streets outside, the scene inside the London Coliseum suddenly transformed into dazzling and vivid colour for this famous fairy-tale by Russian poet Alexander Pushkin.
Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker's Fase, Four Movements to the music of Steve Reich, presented as part of the Lincoln Center Festival in New York City.
Orthodox chant of the 17th century, beautifully sung, and programmed to highlight the telling details that create diversity within the tradition.
Presenting new Russian Orthodox music in a theatrical setting suggests new possibilities for the tradition, most ambitiously in the field of opera.
Silbersee and Project Wildeman baffle the audience with adrenaline in Woyzeck.
It has been Salieri’s tragedy to have largely been overlooked by history, but The Chimney Sweep shows his mastery of musical stagecraft. It was given a spirited and musically satisfying performance by Pinchgut Opera.
Precise Rachmaninov and heartfelt Beethoven in a fine Philharmonia Zürich programme conducted by Fabio Luisi.
Just as we would often rather come out of a barber's with a haircut reasonably similar to the one with which we walked in, but just a bit smarter and tidier, sometimes it’s nice to see a well-known and much-loved opera done straight, and done well.
We all know the story about how an opera is supposed to end, but it turns out it is definitely not over until all the fat, black-leather-jacketed, bearded gentlemen sing, and then ride triumphantly away with you on their Harley-Davidsons...
On Harry Kupfer's dramatic set, strong performances by Simon O'Neill (Otello), Lianna Haroutounian (Desdemona) and especially Claudio Sgura (Iago) make Opera Australia's Otello a memorable revival.
Sibelius’s Violin Concerto and Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony play to an enthusiastic Cleveland audience on a beautiful evening at the Blossom Festival.