Hana Blažíková, Alexander Chance, Jun Suzuki, Takaoki Onishi to Headline Bach Collegium Japan’s ‘Messiah’

The Bach Collegium Japan is set to present Händel’s “Messiah” at Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Masaaki Suzuki will conduct the performance, which is set for Dec. 24, 2022, with such soloists as soprano Hana Blažíková, countertenor Alexander Chance, tenor Jun Suzuki, and baritone Takaoki Onishi. Blažíková has appeared regularly with the Bach Collegium Japan and has also performed with such {…}

Joyce DiDonato, Luca Pisaroni, Franco Fagioli, Sandrine Piau, Nicky Spence Clinch 2020 Gramophone Awards

(Credits: Sandrine Expilly / Bertie Watson) The Gramophone has announced its 2020 Awards. The top Opera recording went to the Erato’s release of Handel’s “Agrippina”, featuring Joyce DiDonato, Elsa Benoit, Luca Pisaroni, Franco Fagioli, Jakub Józef Orliński, Andrea Mastroni, Carlo Vistoli, Biagio Pizzuti, and Marie-Nicole Lemieux. Maxim Emelyanychev conducted the Il Pomo d’Oro orchestra. Sandrine Piau received the Recital prize {…}

Christian Gerhaher, Joyce DiDonato, Józef Orliński, Benjamin Bernheim Among Nominees for Gramophone Awards 2020

Credit: Gregor Hohenberg/Sony Gramophone has announced the recordings that have advanced to the final round of the Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2020. For the purpose of this article, we will focus on vocal, choral, and opera categories. The first contestant in the opera category is the Barber’s “Vanessa,” performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Glyndebourne Chorus, under the musical {…}