Friday, 15 February 2008

Lucia di Lammermoor at ENO: Barry Banks and Anna Christy Interview

A final reminder of our interview with tenor Barry Banks and soprano Anna Christy about English National Opera's new production of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, which opens tomorrow night:

Sunday, 10 February 2008

LSO, LPO and Philharmonia announce 2008-09 seasons; Natalie Dessay's Italian Opera Arias CD; Kate Royal in The Magic Flute at the ROH

It's been a bumper week for orchestral news in London. The LSO, LPO and Philharmonia have all announced their 2008-09 seasons, each of which includes at least one major themed series.

In addition, we've reviewed DVDs of Eugene Onegin with Renee Fleming and Das Rheingold with Karajan; CDs of The Bach Dynasty and Natalie Dessay in Italian Opera Arias; and Kate Royal and Christopher Maltman in Die Zauberflote at Covent Garden.

We've also interviewed soprano Anna Christy and tenor Barry Banks about ENO's first-ever production of Lucia di Lammermoor, which opens next Saturday.

Monday, 4 February 2008

Gustavo Dudamel and the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela headline the Royal Festival Hall's 08-09 season

The Southbank Centre has announced the line-up for its 2008-09 Shell Classic International Series.
Featuring several of the world's greatest orchestras, conductors and soloists, it will see the Royal Festival Hall play host to several of the same orchestras as this season as well as a mouth-watering visit from the Vienna Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta, Pierre Boulez conducting his Ensemble Intercontemporain and Gustavo Dudamel leading the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuala.

Fleming and Hvorostovsky in Decca's DVD of Eugene Onegin from the Met; The Mikado opens at ENO; The London Philharmonic announces the 08-09 season

Wonderful new DVD of Eugene Onegin from the Met:

The LPO announces 08-09:

Sarah Tynan and Robert Murray in ENO's The Mikado:

Friday, 1 February 2008

Madam Butterfly opens at ENO; La traviata cast B at Covent Garden; LSO Live's new Mozart Requiem; Lang Lang on the South Bank Show

Judith Howarth has opened in the ENO revival of Anthony Minghella's production of Puccini's Madam Butterfly:

Norah Amsellem and Charles Castronovo star in Cast B of the ROH's revival of Verdi's La traviata:

Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra's new recording of Mozart's Requiem:

News that Lang Lang will feature on the South Bank Show next weekend: