English National Opera 2021-22 Review: The Handmaid’s Tale

(Photo: Catherine Ashmore) Such has been the success of Margret Atwood’s novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” that, since its publication in 1985, it now finds itself positioned alongside other major 20th century dystopian novels, drawing comparisons with Orwell’s “1984” and Huxley’s “Brave New World.” Like them, it has entered the cultural mainstream, spawning plays, films, a ballet, a major television series, {…}

Elizabeth Llewellyn & Samuel Sakker Lead Scottish Opera September 2020 Performances

(Credits: Shirley Suarez / English National Ballet official website) The Scottish Opera has announced a September program of seated outdoor performances, following the Scottish Government’s decision from August 20. The Scottish Opera will bring live performances back to the stage with physical distancing observed at all times by the performers, backstage staff, and the audience. “We are delighted we can {…}

Conductor James Hendry To Make His Welsh Debut At The 2019 Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod

On Jul. 2, 2019, British conductor James Hendry will make his Welsh debut at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. He will lead the British Sinfonietta through an “opera pick and mix” concert, with repertoire ranging from opera to orchestral works to musical theatre. According to the press release, the Kingston upon Hull native’s “raw, emotive conducting style” is inspired by {…}