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Art mirroring life: Soosan Lolavar's 'ID Please'

13 hours agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

In 2016, the British-Iranian composer Soosan Lolavar was studying in the USA (on a Fullbright Scholarship at Carnegie Mellon University) during the Republican Primaries. With the rise of Trump and the rising tide of disturbing anti-immigration rhetoric, she wanted to do something political and started to talking to librettist Daniel Hirsch. Show More Summary

Clérambault, Couperin, Monteclair - Arcangelo at Wigmore Hall

Sophie Junker Couperin, Clérambault, Monteclair; Arcangelo; Wigmore Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Jul 21 2017 Star rating: 5.0 Early 18th century French chamber music and chamber cantatas performed with expressive style The final...Show More Summary

The art of saying no: soprano Albina Shagimuratova on Semiramide, Aspasia, Mimi and Turandot

Albina Shagimuratova as Aspasia - Mozart: Mitridate Re di Ponto - Royal Opera House 2017 (Photo (c) ROH, Bill Cooper) The Russian soprano Albina Shagimuratova has been wowing London audiences with her command of relatively rare repertoire. Show More Summary

Neglected drama: André Tchaikowsky's The Merchant of Venice

Martin Wölfel, Mark Le Brocq - André Tchaikowsky: The Merchant of Venice - Welsh National Opera (Photo Johan Persson) André Tchaikowsky The Merchant of Venice; Martin Wölfel, Lester Lynch, Sarah Castle, Mark Le Brocq, Verena Gunz, David...Show More Summary

Roxanna Panufnik & Jessica Duchen's Silver Birch at Garsington

Garsington Opera - Silver Birch rehearsals Sam Furness with the community chorus (Photo John Snelling) Roxanna Panufnik (Photo John Snelling) Roxanna Panufnik 's new opera, Silver Birch, is a commission from Garsington Opera and it will...Show More Summary

Over There!

Over There!, John Ireland, Ivor Gurney, Ian Venables, Herbert Howells & popular songs; Richard Bryan, Katie Bray, Nick Pritchard, Craig Colclough, Louise Williams, William Vann; London English Song Festival at Wilton's Music Hall Reviewed...Show More Summary

The Nelson connection and more: St Marylebone

Horatia Nelson The parish of St Marylebone is 900 this year, with the present church being 200 and the second St Marylebone Festival celebrates these events with a week of festivities in and around the church from 22 July to 28 July 2017. Show More Summary

Choral at Cadogan at 10

Choral at Cadogan returns to Cadogan Hall in September 2017 for the tenth series with eight concerts showcasing choirs and vocal ensembles. The Tallis Scholars, artistic director Peter Phillips, open and close the series and there are...Show More Summary

Captivating: Leoncavallo's Zaza on stage at Opera Holland Park

Johane Ansell as Floriana, Anne Sophie Duprels as Zazà, James Cleverton as Bussy and the Opera Holland Park Chorus in Opera Holland Park’s production of Zazà, directed by Marie Lambert © Robert Workman Leoncavallo Zaza; Anne Sophie Duprels,...Show More Summary

Opera in the City

Summer in London seems very much the time for fringe opera productions, showcasing both new composers and new opera talent in existing repertoire, along with the occasional rarity which tempts those opera nerds amongst us. Opera in the...Show More Summary

Solo goes up into the organ loft

James McVinnie (Photo © Magnús Andersen) Composer Alex Groves' concert series Solo continues on Thursday 20 July 2017 with a recital by organist James McVinnie at St Andrew's Church, Holborn. McVinnie will be playing music ranging from 14th-century works through JS Bach to the world première of Alex Groves' Curved Form (No. Show More Summary

Scholarships for black & minority ethnic musicians at Royal College of Music

(Photo Chris Christodoulou) UK black and minority ethnic musicians are currently under-represented across the performing arts, and the Royal College of Music is to fund three UK students from black and minority ethnic backgrounds for the BMus course beginning 2018/19. Show More Summary

Choir and brass: Lassus Requiem from Girton College & the Guildhall School

Orlande de Lassus Requiem a 5; Choir of Girton College, Cambridge, Historic Brass of the Guildhall, London, Gareth Wilson (director); Toccata Classics Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Jul 11 2017 Star rating: 4.0 The combination of choir...Show More Summary

Royal Philharmonic Society supports young musicians with £91,000

The Royal Philharmonic Society's Young Musicians Programme is making awards totally £91,000 this year, supporting outstanding instrumentalists, ensembles and composers in ongoing professional development. There are 13 commissions for...Show More Summary

Musical melting-pot: evoking 1780s Calcutta

Ensemble Tempus Fugit - Calcutta (Photo Saga-Images) In 1690 the East India Company was granted a trading licence by the Nawab of Bengal for three villages on the East bank of the Hooghly river. By 1780, the company had transformed the villages into Calcutta, a small English city. Show More Summary

Strong ensemble & intense drama: Janacek's Kat'a Kabanova at oper

Julia Sporsén as Ká?a and members of the OHP Chorus in Opera Holland Park’s production of Ká?a Kabanová, directed by Olivia Fuchs (Photo © Robert Workman ) Janacek Kat'a Kabanova; Julia Sporsen, Peter Hoare, Anne Mason, Nicky Spence,...Show More Summary

Armenian remembrance: Tigran Mansurian's powerful Requiem

Tigran Mansurian Requiem; RIAS Kammerchor, Münchener Kammerorchester, Anja Petersen, Andrew Redmond, Alexander Liebreich Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Jul 7 2017 Star rating: 4.0 Though using a Latin text, Mansurian's work is suffused...Show More Summary

Michael Spryes & Joyce El-Khoury in Auber, Halévy, Hérold, Donizetti & Rossini

Gilbert Duprez Auber, Halévy, Hérold, Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi; Joyce El-Khoury, Michael Spyres, the Hallé, Carlo Rizzi; Opera Rara at Cadogan Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Jul 14 2017 Star rating: 5.0 Rare mid-19th century French...Show More Summary

Exploring her lyrical side: I chat to soprano Natalya Romaniw about recent & forthcoming roles

Natalya Romaniw (Photo Patrick Allen, Opera Omnia) This Summer soprano Natalya Romaniw made her role debut in the title role of Janacek's Jenufa at Grange Park Opera (see my review) just the latest in a series of striking role assumptions...Show More Summary

Stravaganza d'amore! Raphael Pichon & Pygmalion

Stravaganza d'Amore!;Raphael Pichon, Pygmalion; Harmonia Mundi Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Jul 6 2017 Star rating: 4.0 Excerpts from the Florentine Intermedi and early operas woven into a new whole The earliest operas were not operas at all, but music theatre entertainments. Show More Summary

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