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Dame Sarah Connolly & Sir Simon Keenlyside to Give Inaugural Performances in Pembroke College Cambridge’s Newly Refurbished Auditorium


(Photo credit: Marco Borggreve, Christopher Pledger, & Robert Workman) The recently updated 200-seat chamber hall at Pembroke College Cambridge welcomes baritone Sir Simon Keenlyside on Oct. 5 and mezzo-soprano Dame Sarah Connolly on Nov. 1. Keenlyside opens the Bliss International Song Series with Schubert’s “Winterreise.” Connolly follows with selections by Brahms, Mahler, Frank Bridge, and Edmund Rubbra. Artistic Director Joseph {…}

DVD and CD Releases, News

 Konstantin Krimmel, Dame Sarah Connolly & AJ Glueckert Lead New CD/DVD Releases


And we’re back for this week’s edition of the major CD and DVD releases on offer. Those looking for legendary performances will be thrilled by some of this week’s releases. But there are also two solo albums of great interest. Let’s check it out. Mahler Pioneers SOMM RECORDINGS announces “Mahler Pioneers,” a major addition to the Mahler catalog with the {…}


Benjamin Appl, Miah Persson, Dame Sarah Connolly, Roderick Williams, Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha Headline Oxford International Song Festival 2023


The Oxford International Song Festival has unveiled the schedule for its 2023 season. Kicking off the festival will be “Quiet Music: A Draw-Along,” featuring mezzo-soprano Bethany Horak-Hallet, pianist Natalie Burch, and Julia Thaxton. The program includes works by Schubert, Clara Schumann, and Hildegard von Bingen, among others. Performance Date: Oct. 13, 2023  Soprano Soraya Mafi will be joined by such {…}


Sarah Connolly, Mark Padmore, Louise Alder, Véronique Gens, Kate Royal Headline Leeds Lieder Festival 2023


The Leeds Lieder Festival 2023 has been announced. The season opens with a gala featuring tenor Mark Padmore and pianist Ana Manastireanu. They will perform music by Schumann, Britten, Finzi, Clarke, Tippett, and Gurney, among others. Performance Date: June 9, 2023 Soprano Louise Alder and pianist Joseph Middleton will perform music by Schubert, Schumann, and Mozart, among others. Performance Date: {…}


Dame Sarah Connolly, Iestyn Davies, Roderick Williams, Dorothea Röschmann, Elizabeth Llewellyn Headline Oxford Lieder Festival 2022


The Oxford Lieder Festival has announced its 21st season. The season opens with “Culture, Counterculture, and Conviviality,” a two-part event that features a look at the salon culture, followed by a more specific look at that music world through Pauline Viardot’s own involvement. The event features speaker Natasha Loges and such artists as Charlotte Bowden, Alexandria Moon, Zahid Siddiqui, Johnathan {…}


Sarah Connolly, Regula Mühlemann & Carlos Mena Lead Orquesta Sinfonica de RTVE’s 2022-23 Season


The Orquesta y el Coro de RTVE in Spain has announced its 2022-23 season. The season will be themed “Raices” and will feature a number of vocal performances highlighted here: Pablo González conducts Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with Stefanie Irany. Performance Dates: Oct. 6 & 7, 2022 Pablo González conducts Nuria Núñez Hierro’s  ‘Enjambres’ and Leos Janácek’s “Mass” with Gun-Brit {…}


Diana Damrau, Piotr Beczala & Sarah Connolly Highlight Staatskapelle Dresden’s 2022-23 Season


The Staatskapelle Dresden has announced its 2022-23 season with many vocal highlights. Here is a look. Philippe Herreweghe conducts Dorothee Mields, Sophie Harmsen, Alex Potter, Reinoud Van Mechelen, and Krešimir Stražanac in Bach’s Mass in B Minor. Performance Dates: Feb. 13 & 14, 2023 Christian Thielemann and Diana Damrau team up for an evening of Richard Strauss. Performance Dates: April {…}


Eve Gigliotti Replaces Sarah Connolly in Performance of Met Opera’s ‘Hamlet’


The Metropolitan Opera has announced another cast change for its production of Brett Dean’s “Hamlet.” The company noted that Eve Gigliotti will sing the role of Gertrude on May 18, replacing Sarah Connolly. Gigliotti is the latest jump-in for the performance as Daniel Moody and Eric Jurenas will take over the roles of Guildenstern and Rosenkrantz. The mezzo has been {…}


Sarah Connolly & Slávka Zámečníková Lead Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s 2022-23 Season


UK’s Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra has announced its 2022-23 season. Here is a look at the vocal performances of the season. Sarah Connolly and Mark Wigglesworth team up for a program of Mahler, Ravel, and Humperdinck. Performance Dates: Nov. 9 & 10, 2022 Laurence Cummings conducted Händel’s “Messiah” for the holiday season. Performance Date: Dec. 14, 2022 Kirill Karabits conducts the {…}