Une princesse inconnue: Isouard’s Cendrillon, Bampton Classical Opera

The little-known Cendrillon of Franco-Maltese composer Nicolò Isouard is the opera on which Rossini based his blockbuster hit La Cenerentola, which swiftly pitched Isouard’s Cendrillon into obscurity. On the opening night, possibly the opera’s UK première, the rain poured unhelpfully down on Bampton’s exquisite Deanery Garden, but spontaneous umbrella jokes (rhyming nicely with ‘Cinderella’) were…

Aldeburgh Festival Masterclass: Classical Song

Julia Faulkner soprano Anne Sofie von Otter mezzo-soprano Matthew Rose bass John Fisher piano Kristian Bezuidenhout fortepiano Singers and pianists from the Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme (Starts 2:30pm; ends approx 5.30pm) Ahead of their recital on 23 June, internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter and Kristian Bezuidenhout, one of today’s most versatile keyboard, players join this Festival’s trio of course…

Aldeburgh Festival Masterclass: The 21st Century Singer

John Fisher piano Julia Faulkner soprano Matthew Rose bass Singers and pianists from the Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme (Starts at 2:30pm; ends approx. 5.30pm) A stellar trio of tutors come together with exceptional young artists to examine what it takes to ‘make it’ as a singer and artist in the 21st century. John Fisher is a legendary coach and…

To See the Invisible, Emily Howard

‘And then they found me guilty, and then they pronounced me invisible, for a span of one year’ Robert Silverberg, To See the Invisible Man Condemned for a ‘crime of coldness’ by an authoritarian regime, The Invisible is cast adrift from society. All human interaction is outlawed. This life of isolation leads to strange, vicarious…

ROH Live Screening: Puccini’s Tosca

Tosca is one of the great evenings of opera, and from its strident opening chords conjures up a world of political instability and menace. Jonathan Kent’s production for The Royal Opera captures the dangerous political turbulence of Rome in 1800. Giacomo Puccini’s dramatic work was a hit with audiences at its 1900 première and it…

Opera’s ancient roots

A little reflection, a little Greek myth-busting: my short article for Bachtrack traces Classical influences in opera, from the art form’s earliest beginnings to our latest contemporary works. Please click here to read it in full.

Baring all: joyous abandon from Opera Naked

Opera Naked is cool, confessional cabaret from a singer’s point of view.  Absolute devotion and dedication to opera – in the face of financial disaster, parental disapproval, physical problems and even moral dilemmas – is what gives this production its passionate, beating heart. The whole thing rolls along at a lick; moments of pathos are…

Dive in: Dart’s Love at Tête à Tête

A glorious, desperate love story with a dark twist, set in and starring a memorable river created by a trio of fabulous sopranos, Dart’s Love is a treat for the eyes and ears – and it may even inspire you to try wild swimming for yourself.  A magical highlight of the Tête à Tête Festival at Riverside…