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December 2023

The Opera Show

December 3rd 3:00 pm

  Wild Arts presents their popular Opera Show, featuring dramatic intrigue, jealousy and comedy. Follow the four characters' journeys through a lucid story that segues through over a dozen operas, with a programme including O mio Babbino Caro, the Act I Quartet from Beethoven's Fidelio alongside lesser-known pieces from Bellini, Weill and Handel, high drama from Tchaikovsky, and lively ensembles by Mozart, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and Rossini. A quintet of exceptional string players accompanies singers including the ‘exquisite’ Galina Averina who will soon make her Opera North début…

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  ENGLISH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Conducted by Kenneth Woods With Maja Bogdanovic (cello) and Daniel Rowland (violin) Johannes Brahms - Double Concerto Jean Sibelius - Symphony No. 5 Steve Elcock - Fermature (world premiere) The ESO continues its 'Music for Humans' Season by examining the musical worlds of two of the most private and personal of composers: Brahms and Sibelius. Daniel Rowland and Maja Bogdanovic (who returns following her exceptional performance of Dvorak's Cello Concerto last January) are the soloists in Brahms's…

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  MET Opera Live in HD 23-24 Daniel Catán MET Premiere - Live Broadcast Sung in Spanish and inspired by the magical realism of Gabriel García Márquez, Mexican composer Daniel Catán’s 1996 opera focuses on an opera diva, Florencia Grimaldi, who returns to her native Brazil to perform and to search for her lost lover, who has vanished into the jungle. The Met premiere stars soprano Ailyn Pérez as Florencia in a new production by Mary Zimmerman that brings the…

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  Armonico Consort and Baroque Players The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble Directed by Christopher Monks Few countries celebrate Christmas like the Germans do, although the city of Venice comes pretty close! From the magisterial splendour of the Venetian baroque to the grand and huge scale works of the Michael Praetorius, one thing is certain – Christmas inspired composers to create the greatest tunes even back in the 16th & 17th Centuries! If you have never heard In Dulci Jubilo…

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January 2024

CBSO Viennese New Year Gala

6th January 2024 7:30 pm

    Vienna, city of dreams… As sweet as apple strudel and as fizzy as champagne, it simply wouldn’t be New Year without the music of Johann Strauss and friends! There’ll be elegant waltzes, playful polkas, and good old-fashioned operetta romance. So let the CBSO and Austrian maestro Christoph Koncz and soprano Francesca Chiejina whirl you back to a more glamorous age, as we raise a glass to the start of another great year of music. Prosit! PROGRAMME TO INCLUDE...…

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MET: Nabucco

7th January 2024 2:00 pm

  MET Opera Live in HD 23-24 Giuseppe Verdi MET Premiere - Recorded Broadcast Ancient Babylon comes to life in a classic Met staging of biblical proportions. Baritone George Gagnidze makes his Met role debut as the imperious king Nabucco, alongside Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska reprising her thrilling turn as his vengeful daughter Abigaille. Mezzo- soprano Maria Barakova and tenor SeokJong Baek, in his company debut, are Fenena and Ismaele, and bass Dmitry Belosselskiy repeats his celebrated portrayal of the high…

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ESO – Beyond the Horizon

19th January 2024 7:30 pm

  ENGLISH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Conducted by Kenneth Woods with April Fredrick (soprano)   Eleanor Alberga - Jupiter’s Fairground Antonín Dvořák - Song to the Moon from Rusalka Samuel Barber - Knoxville: Summer of 1915 A. Mozart Symphony 41 ‘Jupiter’

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ROH 2023/24 Season: RUSALKA

24th January 2024 6:45 pm

  The Royal Opera RUSALKA Rusalka, a water spirit, lives with her family in the pure waters of the forest lake. When she falls in love with a Prince, she sacrifices her voice and leaves her home in the hope of finding true love in a new world – a world that does not love her back. Natalie Abrahami and Ann Yee create a poetic, contemporary new staging of Dvořák’s lyric fairy tale, revealing our uneasy relationship with the natural…

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MET: Carmen

27th January 2024 5:55 pm

  MET Opera Live in HD 23-24 Georges Bizet New Production - Live Broadcast Acclaimed English director Carrie Cracknell makes her Met debut, reinvigorating the classic story of deadly passion with a staging that moves the action to the present day, amid a band of human traffickers. Mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshina leads a powerhouse quartet of stars in the touchstone role of the irresistible femme fatale, alongside tenor Piotr Beczała as Carmen’s lover Don José, soprano Angel Blue as the devoted…

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  Katherine Hunka violin Dermot Dunne accordion Malachy Robinson double bass   PROGRAMME: Offenbach Overture from Orpheus in the Underworld Biber Sonata Representativa in A Gershwin A selection of popular tunes Sarasate Carmen Fantasy Op.25 Verdi The Force of Destiny Overture Paganini 24th Caprice (arr. Auer) Brahms Hungarian Dance No.5 (arr. Yashkevitch) Trad. Irish The Coolin (arr. Trimble) Trad. Klezmer Hava Naguila A great spirit-lifter for a January afternoon! Far Flung delight audiences with a mix of virtuosity and playfulness, tradition and innovation. In January 2020 they released an album Live at the Large…

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