Category Archives: Opera

A “Diva” and a “Lass from Lancashire”……both sublime voices

A good many years ago (too many to remember) I was given tickets for a Halle concert at the old Free Trade Hall in Manchester. I was very keen to go as the main work was Neilsons 4th Symphony (The … Continue reading

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La Boheme in Vilnius, Lithuania.

On my recent rain-soaked visit to Vilnius one of the highlights of the week was to take in a performance of Puccinis La Boheme at the Lietuvos Nacionalinis Operos ir Baleto Teatras with my friend and colleague Renata. I last … Continue reading

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Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla……front page of “The Times” newspaper

  Classical music very rarely makes the front page of any newspaper but today The Times here in the UK, features a large photograph of Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, the newly appointed Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. There has … Continue reading

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Meet the new Music Director of the CBSO……its a woman!!!

  Over the last couple of years I have featured several blogs about an up and coming orchestra conductor by the name of Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. Well here is the latest news……………….. The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra this morning ends months … Continue reading

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Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla…………..Lithuanian conductor destined for great things

On Norman Lebrecht’s blog “Slippedisc” there is a debate going on about the relative merits of female orchestral conductors http://slippedisc.com/2015/10/lucernes-summer-of-women-conductors-gimmick-or-breakthrough/, and as usual there is the usual misogyny about how poor female conductors are (please change the record). All of a … Continue reading

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The opera isn’t over until the fat lady sings………Jenufa and Opera North

If you mention the word “opera” to most people they will have images of an elitist art form, usually made up of rather large ladies and overweight leading men trying to convince an audience that they are in the first … Continue reading

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Arvo Pärt – 80th Birthday

I came across this composer over 25 years ago as I was beginning to explore some of the “lesser known” composers of the old Soviet bloc. A native of Estonia, Arvo Pärt at first wrote in a style perceptibly influenced … Continue reading

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