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December 2021

MET Broadcast: Eurydice

December 4th 5:55 pm

  Eurydice (Matthew Aucoin / Libretto by Sarah Ruhl) - MET Premiere Live The ancient Greek myth of Orpheus, who attempts to harness the power of music to rescue his beloved Eurydice from the underworld, has inspired composers since opera’s earliest days. Rising American composer Matthew Aucoin now carries that tradition into the 21st century with a captivating new take on the story. With a libretto by MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient Sarah Ruhl, adapted from her acclaimed 2003 play, the…

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  The King of the Waltz brings you a festive spectacular from his newly created Winter Palace in his hometown of Maastricht. Immerse yourself in the spirit of the season while singing and dancing away to lovely Christmas carols, romantic waltzes and beautiful melodies like Jingle Bells, O Holy Night, Hallelujah, a show-stopping performance of Walking in the Air and many more! Marvel at the magnificent palace decorations including 150 beautiful chandeliers, over 50 Venetian candelabras and huge arched windows…

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Handel’s Messiah

December 23rd 7:30 pm

  ARMONICO CONSORT & BAROQUE PLAYERS Christopher Monks Director Soloists to be confirmed As much a Christmas tradition as mince pies and holly wreaths, Handel’s Messiah is the musical essential of the festive season. Christopher Monks leads the finest period musicians of Armonico Consort in this performance of Handel’s iconic work.  

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January 2022

MET Broadcast: Cinderella

1st January 2022 5:55 pm

  Cinderella (Massenet / English translation by Kelley Rourke) - Live Broadcast Laurent Pelly’s storybook staging of Massenet’s Cendrillon is presented with an all-new English translation in an abridged 90-minute adaptation, with mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as its rags-to-riches princess. Maestro Emmanuel Villaume leads a delightful cast, which includes mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo as Cinderella’s Prince Charming, soprano Jessica Pratt as her Fairy Godmother, and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe and bass-baritone Laurent Naouri as her feuding guardians. Sung in English with English surtitles Approx…

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CBSO Viennese New Year Gala

8th January 2022 7:30 pm

  Eduardo Strausser Conductor Mirjam Mesak Soprano They call Vienna the city of dreams, and it wouldn’t be New Year without the music of Johann Strauss and friends. There’ll be elegant waltzes, playful polkas, and operetta romance from soprano Mirjam Mesak. So let the CBSO and maestro Eduardo Strausser whirl you back to a more glamorous age, as we raise a glass to the start of another great year of music. Prosit!

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Martin Roscoe piano Jennifer Pike violin Beethoven Sonatas for piano and violin – No.6 in A, Op.30, No.1 – No.3 in E flat, Op.12, No.3 – No.9 in A, Op.47, Kreutzer It was a double disappointment for Club members when, in January 2020 – Beethoven’s 250th anniversary year – Tasmin Little OBE was prevented by a hand injury from completing our cycle of his violin and piano sonatas. Then Covid-19 forced her last, rearranged concert in Malvern to be cancelled.…

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MET Broadcast: Rigoletto

29th January 2022 5:55 pm

  Rigoletto (Verdi) - Live Broadcast Tony Award–winning director Bartlett Sher creates a bold new take on Verdi’s timeless tragedy, resetting the opera’s action in 1920s Europe, with Art Deco sets by Michael Yeargan and elegant costumes by Catherine Zuber. Baritone Quinn Kelsey, a commanding artist at the height of his powers, brings his searing portrayal of the title role to the Met for the first time, starring alongside soprano Rosa Feola as Gilda and tenor Piotr Beczała as the…

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February 2022

  ARMONICO CONSORT: F. SCARLATTI & J.S. BACH WITH RACHEL PODGER  DIRECTOR | CHRISTOPHER MONKS SOLO VIOLIN | RACHEL PODGER If you love both the splendid choral grandeur of Bach and Handel, but also the polychoral works of the Venetian baroque and the ornate complexity of Tallis’s Spem in Alium, this programme of Francesco Scarlatti’s rarely performed works must not be missed. To complement these incredible works, international violinist Rachel Podger returns to treat both our audiences and performers to…

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  Llŷr Williams piano   Haydn Piano Sonata in C, Op.17, Hob.XVI:48 Schumann Fantasy in C, Op.17 Rachmaninov Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 Liszt Légende No.1: St François d’Assise: la prédication aux oiseaux S.175 Liszt Mephisto Waltz No.1, S.514 A former BBC New Generation Artist and Borletti-Buitoni Trust award winner, Llŷr Williams was born in Pentrebychan, North Wales, and read music at The Queen’s College, Oxford before taking up a postgraduate scholarship at the Royal Academy of…

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March 2022

  Senbla presents Opera International's award winning Ellen Kent Production with international soloists, highly praised chorus and full orchestra Puccini: Madama Butterfly WINNER 'BEST OPERA AWARD' Liverpool Daily Post Theatre Awards “Above all it was a production which captured the raw emotion at the centre of the opera. Don’t take a handkerchief with you, take a box of them.” The Independent Welcoming back the fabulous Korean soprano Elena Dee and the celebrated international soprano Alyona Kistenyova*. Back by overwhelming public demand, this…

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