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A chatette with Darcey

My piece for today's Independent. This was part of the chat I had with the glorious Darcey Bussell at the launch of the new Genée Competition bursary scheme a few weeks back. (Hat tip: never, ever have your photo taken with this woman...Show More Summary

Blogger in action - Verismo: Puccini and his contemporaries

Rosalind Plowright I am lecturing on Verismo: Puccini and his contemporaries on Wednesday 15 October as part of a Divas and Scholars study day at the Cadogan Hall in which the mezzo-soprano Rosalind Plowright will be conducting a masterclass and singing, and I will be lecturing. Show More Summary

Peer Gynt: a man of mourning

Peer Gynt with the Troll’s daughter/Solveig. Photo credit: Monika Rittershaus Ibsen Peer Gynt; Théâtre National de Nice; Barbican Theatre Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Oct 8 2014 Star rating: 4.0 Modern fusion - Ibsen's anti-hero re-invented...Show More Summary

Handel's Alcina with DiDonato and Coote

Joyce DiDonato - Photo: Pari Dukovic Handel Alcina; DiDonato, Coote, English Concert, Bickett; Barbican Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Oct 10 2014 Star rating: 5.0 Full of stars and hot on drama, finely involving account of Handel's...Show More Summary

Satya Nadella Puts His Foot in His Mouth

Microsoft's new CEO may never get his foot out of his digestive system. Addressing the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, here's what he said:“It’s not really about asking for the raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along, That’s good karma. Show More Summary

Pittsburgh visit

I spoke at Carnegie Mellon last night, as part of the Humanities Center's "Music: Mind, Machine, and Milieu" series. Many thanks to David Shumway, Richard Randall, and others for hosting me. This was my first visit to Pittsburgh since 2000,...

Dominic Sedgwick and Nigel Foster at the London Sketch Club

RVW, Ireland, Gillingwater, Strauss, Schubert, Marx, Butterfield; Dominic Sedgwick, Nigel Foster; London Sketch Club Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Oct 09 2014 Imaginative recital from this talented young baritone. A series of concerts at the London Sketch Club in Chelsea is a new venture which debuted last month. Show More Summary

Dates for the diary

A few things I'm doing that you might like to do too, should you be in this neck of the woods: 17 October, King's College, London: What Lies Beneath. Classical Music, Critical Challenges. A conference in which we'll discuss the state of the art. Show More Summary

Faire is the Heaven - Masterpieces of the English Romantics

Naylor, Stanford, Bairstow, Walton, Harris, Britten, Leighton, Howells; Choir of the King's Consort, Robert King; The Wigmore Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Oct 8 2014 Star rating: 4.5 Old favourites and rarities in this lovely programme...Show More Summary

Hampstead Arts Festival

St John's Church, Downshire Hill This year's Hampstead Arts Festival runs from 1 to 22 November, finishing rather appropriately on St. Cecilia's Day. Many of this year's concerts involve Baroque music, with cellist Natalie Clein playing...Show More Summary

The unbearable lightness of...oh dear

Having greeted the idea of this CD with huge enthusiasm and given it some warm announcements right here, I'm sorry to say that a certain tenor's new recording, 'Du bist die Welt für mich' (English title is on the cover, right), has in its entirety proved a tad underwhelming. Show More Summary

Alice Coote - Handel arias

Handel arias from Hercules, Ariodante, Alcina, Radamisto, Giulio Cesare; Alice Coote, the English Concert, Harry Bicket; Hyperion Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Sep 23 2014 Star rating: 4.5 Fine disc of Handel arias in highly distinctive...Show More Summary

Going Around

There's a meme of sorts going around, or maybe two: one is to name ten pieces you never want to hear again (see Slipped Disc for about 120 examples), the other is to name ten pieces you want to hear more often.I'm going to pass on the first, which would consist of overplayed 18th and 19th c. Show More Summary

Norma and Some Catching Up

Knowing that I am among the world's biggest Patricia Racette fans, you might have wondered why no review of Susannah, which I'd been looking forward to since rumors of its local appearance first hit my inbox several years back. Well, I was scheduled to review it for SFCV. Show More Summary

Meet the Composer Podcast from WQXR

I listened to an interview with Caroline Shaw today on "Meet the Composer" the new podcast from WQXR's Q2 station. I was impressed with the way Nadia Sirota conducted the interview, impressed by Shaw, and impressed with her music and...Show More Summary

Ann Cleare

The Irish composer, currently a student of Chaya Czernowin's at Harvard, will be featured alongside Chiyoko Szlavnics and Øyvind Torvund at a Yarn/Wire concert at ISSUE Project Room tomorrow night.

Passion at the Armory

Mark Padmore, the Evangelist, is already seated on stage as the crowd files in. A review of the Berlin Philharmoic's extraordinary St. Matthew Passion seems at this stage almost superfluous, but I'll have one a week from Monday.

Ruxandra Donose at Rosenblatt Recitals

Roger Vignoles, Ruxandra Donose - photo Jonathan Rose Bizet, Offenbach, Massenet, Faure, Verdi, Saint-Saens, Enescu, Bretan, Rossini; Roxandra Donose, Roger Vignoles; Rosenblatt Recitals at the Wigmore Hall Reviewed by Robert HugillShow More Summary

10 pieces I'd like to hear more often

Everyone seems to be doing "10 pieces of music you'd rather not hear again", which is funny but quite a negative kind of thing. Instead, here are 10 pieces I think we don't hear enough and that I would like to see popping up more often on concert and opera schedules. Show More Summary

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