The Royal Ballet tours to Japan and Los Angeles this summer, presenting signature work from the Company’s repertory, a world premiere by Wayne McGregor and community engagement projects. Tokyo, Bunka Kaikan Carlos Acosta’s Don Quixote, 21 – 26 June Yokohama, Kanagawa Kenwin Hall Royal Ballet Gala, 29 – 30 June Los Angeles, The Music Center Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Kenneth … [Read more...] about The Royal Ballet in Japan and Los Angeles – dates and casting
Robert Carsen’s spectacular production for La Scala of Don Giovanni created for the opening of the opera season in 2011, started a ten-performance run last night, which ends on 6 June. The Financial Times review opened with, No coup de théâtre ever matched Mozart’s opening chords as stunningly as this. This is a welcome return. Daniel Barenboim saw over a cast that … [Read more...] about Photo album and cast of Don Giovanni at La Scala
La Scala’s La bohème has been a constant presence in the theatre’s programming after more than half a century and now edges towards its 240th performance. The 1963 production by Franco Zeffirelli is stunning in its cinematic realism and sepia tint, his use of crowds is magisterial, the comedy perfectly nuanced, and the tragedy rips through to the heart. This is everything that … [Read more...] about The perfect Bohème at La Scala… magisterial, stunning!
At next year's Salzburg Whitsun Festival, Cecilia Bartoli will sing Maria in West Side Story! The exclamation mark is my surprise at the announcement, though I have no doubt that hers will be a lively and touching performance. And talking of lively... Gustavo Dudamel will be conducting the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. (No exclamation mark.) Norman Reinhardt … [Read more...] about Cecilia Bartoli to sing Maria in West Side Story
You may have already read about the refusal of some La Scala workers to perform Turandot on 1 May being that it is the International Workers' Day. However, it is also the opening day of the Milan Expo, and I doubt that the hotels, restaurants, taxis and other services will be refusing to work. The situation was resolved at the last minute and will go ahead with substantial … [Read more...] about 600% bounses for La Scala’s musicians but Chailly isn’t happy
Symphonic Programme 29, 30 September, 1 October 2014 Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala Conductor: Zubin Mehta Franz Joseph Haydn Die Schöpfung Hob. XXI:2 Oratorio Julia Kleiter, soprano Peter Sonn, tenor Thomas E. Bauer, bass - baritone Chorus Master: Bruno Casoni 12, 14, 15 November 2014 Filarmonica della Scala Conductor and … [Read more...] about La Scala complete Symphonic and Recital programme: 2014 — 2015
Gramophone's shortlists are out for this year's awards. No real surprises, but then those Gramophone people have great taste! Here's a sample: Opera: Die Zauberflöte - René Jacobs; Akademie für Alte Musik Ermione - David Parry; LPO Verdi's Otello - Colin Davis; LSO Solo Vocal: Richard Rodney Bennett, Songs before Sleep - Sophie Daneman; Susan Bickley; Iain … [Read more...] about Gramophone Magazine’s Classical Music Awards 2011 – shortlists
He emerges from his car running, he’s sprinting towards me, with hench-people running to keep up, and he tells me what an unspeakable honour it is for the orchestra, for him, for Venezuela itself, that I am doing this concert, hardly allowing me to dispense my compliments to him. He’s short, shorter than me, boyish in appearance and in garb, varnished with none of the gloss … [Read more...] about Simon Callow recalls his first meeting with Gustavo ‘the Dude’ Dudamel