Philip Mercier, Portrait of Handel, c.1730

I’m behind with last week’s opera and classical music news update. It has been a crazy few weeks, and I managed to release the theatre news bulletins here. A lot has happened since, so stay tuned.

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I got to see David McVicar‘s production of Tosca showing at the Metropolitan Opera at the Live HD event. I saw the cinema #MetHD live Opera event at the Curzon Cinema with fantastic debuts from Sonya Yoncheva and tenor Vittorio Grigolo. The Met Opera made $2 million at the box office. My thoughts of the live screening here.

I went to see the first night of Tosca at the Royal Opera House which received some mixed reactions. I wrote up my thoughts of the opening night with Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja, Canadian Baritone Gerald Finley and Canadian Soprano Adrianne Pieczonka. Have a look here. The production runs until March 3rd. The Royal Opera House released a video of Gerald Finley singing Scarpia’s Te Deum from Puccini’s Tosca. Hear it here by watching the video, below.

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There was drama at the Metropolitan Opera. Distinguished opera director John Copley was dismissed by managers of the New York opera house for a complaint made against him for inappropriate behaviour. This incident was reported during rehearsals in a revival of Rossini’s Semiramide. Social Media hasn’t taken to the news kindly.

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Members at the English National Opera are being consulted on a staged pay offer covering this year and next. The consultative ballot is now underway and will close on Monday 5 February. For more information, go here.

The Royal Opera House released general sale tickets for their Spring programme which includes Janáček’s final work from the House of the Dead, Verdi’s Macbeth and Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. Soloists includes Eva-Maria Westrboek, Johan Reuter,  Willard W. White, Anna Netrebko, Anna Pirozzi and Željko Lučić. Check the complete list of operas and ballets taking place in the Spring season here.

Anna Netrebko in Recital

Buxton Festival has introduced their new 2018 Opera and Music Series which includes 120 events over 17 days including Verdi’s Alzira, Mozart’s Idomeneo, Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment and more. Check out the complete programme in the Buxton Festival website. 

Ivo van Hove’s Don Giovanni is one of the highlights of Paris Opera‘s 2018-2019 Season. It is a co-production with the Metropolitan Opera. Other highlights include Krzysztof Warlikowski’s new production of Shostakovich’s “Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District”; Calixto Bieito’s take on Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra”; Simon Stone’s staging of “La Traviata”; and Barry Kosky’s of Borodin’s “Prince Igor.” More details can be found here.

A scene from Ivo van Hove’s Broadway production of “A View From the Bridge.” His staging of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” a co-production with the Metropolitan Opera, will have its premiere at the Paris Opera next season. Credit Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

A scene from Ivo van Hove’s Broadway production of “A View From the Bridge.” His staging of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” a co-production with the Metropolitan Opera, will have its premiere at the Paris Opera next season. Credit Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

I found this interesting article written by Opera Wire‘s reporter David Salazar called ‘what if a reviewer could have the chance to see a show twice?’ David examines the Met’s production of Tosca for a second time and challenges the way reviewer’s report productions. I even managed to contribute in the comments section. Check it out here.

Mark Pullinger gives a summary of recommended Opera Festivals to look out for this summer, including Glyndebourne, Opera Holland Park, Aix-en-Provence, Savonlinna and more. Check his list out here.

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American conductor Marin Alsop was appointed artistic direct at the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. She has become the first woman to take up the prestigious role. “I’m very honoured to be the first,” she admitted, “but I’m also rather shocked that we can be in this year, in this century, and there can still be ‘firsts’ for women.” Read all about it through the Guardian here.

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Marin Alsop – Photo by Tristram Kenton

Classical music blogger and pianist Frances Wilson writes about common excuses from her students including, ‘I played it better at home.’ ‘There are several reasons why I discourage students from trotting out this phrase before or immediately after they have played a piece or section of a piece to me.’ Read her detailed post here.

For anyone that loves the music of Handel, this might be up their alley.

Download the full list of concerts and events at the London Handel Festival website 2018 (17 March – 16 April 2018) here. 

That’s all for now, but I’ll send a more current edition soon.

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