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Thomas Adès, Brett Dean, Tansy Davies, Brian Irvine, Hannah Kendall, Ben Nobuto, John Rutter, Josephine Stephenson, & Dobrinka Tabakova Take Home Ivor Novello Awards


((c) Hogan Media Shutterstock) The Ivors Academy revealed the winners of the Ivor Novello Awards at The Ivors Classical Awards. The 11 winners were announced during a ceremony hosted by BBC Radio 3’s Hannah Peel and Tom Service at the British Film Institute in London. Winners in opera and classical voice categories are Thomas Adès, Brett Dean, Tansy Davies, Brian {…}

Opera Wiki

Opera Profile: Thomas Adès’ Sexually-Charged “Powder Her Face”


(Credit: Lorenzo Gaudenzi) “Powder Her Face” by Thomas Adès premiered at the Cheltenham Music Festival on July 1st, 1995. While the opera was well-received by music critics, “Powder Her Face” became notorious for its sexually explicit content. With a libretto by Philip Hensher, the opera tells the story of Margaret, Duchess of Argyll, a famous British socialite of the twentieth {…}


Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – International (5/4-6): Rossini, Thomas Ades & Boito On Display


This weekend is filled with a number of rarities and modern masterpieces all around the world. We look at what we think audiences can discover for the first time and rising stars performing these roles. La Donna del Lago, Opera Royal de Wallonie, Liege, Belgium  Salome Jicia takes on the title role in Rossini’s rarely performed drama with Marianna Pizzolato {…}

Interviews, Stage Spotlight

Working With Kings – Countertenor Iestyn Davies on ‘Farinelli and the King’ & Working With Thomas Adès


It all started with a phone call. Countertenor Iestyn Davies was just going about his usual business when Claire van Kampen called him up to make an offer. She had been preparing “Farinelli and the King” when she heard a voice on the radio. A countertenor to be sure. The singer in question? Davies. She knew that she had to {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Review – The Exterminating Angel: Thomas Adès Opera May Prove Polarizing Emotionally


Luis Buñuel’s “The Exterminating Angel” is one of the iconic surrealist masterpieces of all cinema. Set at an upper-class dinner, the film analyzes how people revert to their basest of instincts when they get stuck in a room that they inexplicably cannot escape. The film succeeds in its ability to blend the normal with the unreal in rather claustrophobic fashion, {…}


Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Preview: Thomas Adès’ ‘The Exterminating Angel’ Makes US Premiere


On Oct. 26, 2017, the Metropolitan Opera will present the American Premiere of Thomas Adès’ “The Exterminating Angel.” The opera is an adaptation of Luis Buñuel’s famed film that showcases a group of people unable to get out of a room. As the days pass, the tension builds but the people find no answers to their odd situation. The opera {…}


Renée Fleming, Russell Thomas, Joyce DiDonato, Golda Schultz, Juan Diego Flórez Headline Carnegie Hall’s 2022-23 Season


Carnegie Hall has unveiled its 2022-23 season. For the purposes of this article, our focus will be solely on vocal performances. Christina Pluhar’s L’Arpeggiata will join forces with countertenor Philippe Jaroussky for music by Boësset, Cazzati, Guedron, Moulinié, Couperin, and others. Performance Date: Oct. 14, 2022  Camila Titinger will headline a program of music by Villa-Lobos and Rimsky-Korsakov alongside the {…}


Staastheater Wiesbaden Postpones Opening of ‘The Queen of Spades’ Due to COVID-19


(Credit: Sven Helge Czichy) The Staastheater Weisbaden has postponed the opening of its new production of “The Queen of Spades.” The company noted that due to COVID-19 precautions, the organization was forced to delay the opening of the production which will now open on Jan. 29, 2022. In a statement, the company said, “due to the measures decided by the {…}

Opera Wiki

Opera Profile: Adès’ Hit, ‘The Exterminating Angel’


(Credit: Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera) “The Exterminating Angel,” one of British composer Thomas Adès’ most popular operas, premiered on July 28, 2016, at the Salzburg Festival followed by premieres at the Royal Opera House and the Metropolitan Opera a year later. Known for its large ensemble cast and a particularly challenging soprano role, Adès’ third opera is based on {…}