Monday, 26 November 2007

New production of Turn of the Screw opens at ENO

I don't care what anyone else says, and the newspapers can give it one star and call it soulless and misguided if they want. I loved English National Opera's new production of The Turn of the Screw and I've already booked to see it again!

Read my review here:

Some new CD reviews:
Andrew Manze Schubert
Takacs Quartet Brahms
Jon Vickers Four Portraits DVD:

Friday, 23 November 2007

LSO/Gergiev Mahler Symphony Cycle continues with the Sixth

Una-Frances evidently enjoyed the latest installment, coupled with Tishchenko's Cello Concerto played by Tim Hugh:

Tomorrow: Chelsea Opera Group's Maria Stuarda, Scottish Opera's Il Seraglio, plus several CD reviews.


Thursday, 22 November 2007

An interview with Ian Bostridge; Korngold's Das Wunder der Heliane; Croesus at Opera North; Masur in Leeds

An interview with Ian Bostridge on his forthcoming 'Homeward Bound' series:

The UK Premiere of Korngold's Das Wunder der Heliane:

The Fortunes of King Croesus at Opera North:

Kurt Masur and the Orchestre National de France in Leeds:

A strong cast for Maria Stuarda at Chelsea Opera Group:

A reminder of Ann Murray's interview on ENO's new Turn of the Screw:

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Ann Murray on ENO's new production of The Turn of the Screw; reviews of CDs and DVDs; Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Read an interview with Ann Murray DBE on playing Mrs Grose in ENO's new production of The Turn of the Screw:

An alternative short extra review of the Royal Opera's new production of L'elisir d'amore, this time with Dmitri Korchak as Nemorino:

Catch up on CD and DVD reviews, including Anna Moffo in Madama Butterfly, Genia Kuhmeier in The Creation (EMI), and Colin Currie's new CD, here:

Monday, 12 November 2007

ENO's new Aida; Sibelius chez Salonen and Elder; Paolo Gavanelli interview on L'elisir d'amore; interview with Claire Rutter and John Hudson; CDs

It's massive update time again:

ENO's new Aida:

Interview with Claire Rutter and John Hudson on ENO's new Aida:

Interview with the great Paolo Gavanelli on Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore:

Hugo's reviews of all four of Salonen's Sibelius concerts at the Barbican:

Mark Elder and the Halle doing Sibelius: The Origin of Fire in Manchester:

Hugo on the completion of Schubert's 'Unfinished':

Agnes on Mark Elder's celebration of the Elgar anniversary with the LPO:

Una-Frances' feature on the Sibelius anniversary:

Patrizia Ciofi in Bellini's La straniera at the RFH for Opera Rara:

ENO's new production of The Coronation of Poppea with Kate Royal:

Cardiff Singer of the world Rosenblatt Song Prize winner Elizabeth Watts in Handel's Semele:

Alex Reedijk, director of Scottish Opera, on the Five:15 project:

The Barbican announces details of their 2008-09 season, including several Handel operas and oratorios, a residency with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly, Simon Keenlyside, Angelika Kirchschlager and much more:

John Eliot Gardiner embarks on his Brahms cycle with the ORR:

Mary reviews two concerts in Edinburgh:

Vivaldi's Atenaide on Naive:

Amanda Roocroft's sensational new CD on Onyx, including Tchaikovsky songs:

DVD review of The Callas Conversations Vol II on EMI:

Lang Lang plays Beethoven's First and Fourth Piano Concertoson Deutsche Grammophon:

Boulez's new recording of Mahler's Eighth:

All these and many more can be found on