Tom Randle, Hilary Summers & Andrew Watts Lead Dartington International Summer School & Festival’s 2019 Season

Dartington International Summer School & Festival has announced its 2019 concert program. The festival will take place from July 27 – August 24, 2019. In her fifth and final year as Artistic Director, Joanna MacGregor “is gifting Dartington audiences a personal and intimate series of performances” featuring composers and music that she has found “profoundly influential.” For the purposes of {…}

Theater an der Wien 2017-18 Review – Saul: Claus Guth’s Interpretation Is More Pasolini Than Prophet

When a lyricist describes his composer’s head as “full of maggots”, the chances of a harmonious collaborative outcome would seem slim. For Charles Jennens, the aesthete aristocratic librettist of Handel’s oratorio “Saul,” such a jeremiad was not a solitary instance. The principal object of Jennens’ ire was Handel’s highly original orchestration, especially the invention of a tinkling bell-like keyboard called a “Carillon” {…}

Glyndebourne Opera Festival Announces 2018 Festival

The Glyndebourne Opera Festival has announced its 2018 schedule. The company announced that next season it will present Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” in Annilese Miskimmon’s Tour 2016 production. The production will make its Festival debut and will be conducted by Omer Meir Wellber. Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier” will be revived with the 2014 Richard Jones production making its return. Robin Ticciati conducts. Following {…}