Iestyn Davies, Sophie Bevan, Allan Clayton, Amanda Majeski Headline Barbican’s 2022-23 Season

London’s Barbican Centre has announced its 2022-23 season. For the purposes of this article, our focus will be on vocal showcases. Laurence Cummings leads the Academy of Ancient Music in a performance of Haydn’s “The Seasons” with Sophie Bevan, Benjamin Hulett, and Jonathan Lemalu as the soloists. Performance Date: Oct. 4, 2022 Baritone James Newby and pianist Joseph Middleton perform {…}

Barbican 2017-18 Review – Dead Man Walking: Joyce DiDonato Shines In Jake Heggie’s Haunting Disarray Of An Opera

Jake Heggie’s 2000 opera “Dead Man Walking” – based on the memoirs of Sister Helen Prejean and inspired by the film of the same name – hardly conforms to operatic standards. An intersection of “Porgy and Bess”-like motifs, rock opera recitatives, and the echoes of New Orleans jazz, it treats the opera template with a moderate respect: scant arias and {…}