Nicky Spence & Lotte Betts-Dean Named Royal Philharmonic Society Awards Recipients

The Royal Philharmonic Society Awards winners were announced at the Royal Northern College of Music on March 5. For the purposes of this article only opera related winners are included. Taking home the Conductor Prize is François-Xavier Roth. Meanwhile the Ensemble Award went to the BBC Singers. Kaija Saariaho‘s “Innocence” took home the Large-Scale Composition award while Contemporary Music Festival’s {…}

Royal Philharmonic Society Awards Announces Shortlist

A shortlist of this year’s Royal Philharmonic Society Award recipients has been released. For the purposes of this article only opera related nominees are included. The full list can be found here.  Chamber-Scale Composition Nilufar Habibian – “Az nahāyate tāriki” (“From the deep end of darkness”) Conductor Alice Farnham; Alpesh Chauhan; François-Xavier Roth Ensemble BBC Singers; Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective Impact {…}

Richard Mantle, Lucy Crowe, Nicky Spence, Ivor Bolton to Receive Major Distinctions as Part of King’s Birthday Honours

A number of major figures of the opera world have received major distinctions as part of the King’s Birthday Honours. Opera North’s general director Richard Mantle will be knighted while conductor Ivor Bolton will be a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). Finally, soprano Lucy Crowe and tenor Nicky Spence will be Officers of the Order of {…}

Nicky Spence, Mariya Kaganskaya & Stéphanie d’Oustrac Lead New CD/DVD Releases

This week audiences will get to hear music from Britain, Kenneth Leighton, and a rarely-heard Offenbach work. Here are the new releases: Kenneth Leighton (1929-88) Every Living Creature SOMM Recordings has released the latest offering from the chamber choir Londinium, directed by Andrew Griffiths, titled “Every Living Creature.” This album commemorates the 35th anniversary of the death of Kenneth Leighton and {…}

Nicky Spence & Serena Saenz Lead Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias’ 2023-24 Season

Spain’s Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias has announced its 2023-24 season. Here is a look at the vocal performances. Nuno Coelho conducts Massenet’s “Manon” at the Opera de Oviedo. Performance Dates: Sept. 10-16, 2023 Christoph Gedschold conducts Wagner’s “Lohengrin” at the Opera de Oviedo. Performance Dates: Jan. 25-Feb. 3, 2024 Nuno Coelho conducts Serena Saenz and Samuel Hasselhorn in {…}

Davóne Tines, Nicky Spence, Ella Taylor Headline ‘Classical Pride’ At Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall will present “Classical Pride” on July 7, 2023. The event, which will be presented in partnership with ViiV Healthcare and GAY TIMES, will be curated by conductor Oliver Zeffman, who also conceived of the idea. The showcase will feature works by Bernstein, Poulenc, Julian Anderson, Caroline Shaw, and Tchaikovsky with such artists as Pavel Kolesnikov, Samson Tsoy, Davóne Tines, {…}

Cecilia Bartoli, Gábor Bretz, Sally Matthews & Ed Lyon Lead La Monnaie’s 2023-24 Season

Belgium’s La Monnaie du Mont has announced its 2023-24 season with world premieres, a new Ring Cycle, and many classic works. The season opens with the world premiere of Bernard Foccroulle and Matthew Jocelyn’s “Cassandra.” Kazushi Ono conducts the work with a cast that includes Katarina Bradic Jessica Niles Susan Bickley, Sarah Defrise, Paul Appleby, Joshua Hopkins, and Gidon Saks. {…}

Masabane Cecilia Rangwanash, Asmik Grigorian & Barbara Hannigan Lead London Symphony Orchestra’s 2023-24 Season

The London Symphony Orchestra has announced its 2023-24 season. For this article, here is a look at the vocal performances. Barbara Hannigan and Fleur Barron lead a concert that includes music by Haydn, Strauss, Ligeti, Luigi Nono, and Claude Vivier. Performance Dates: Sept. 14 & 17, 2023 Igor Stravinsky’s “Pulcinella” will be conducted by Barbara Hannigan. The concert will also {…}