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Ian Page and Classical Opera launch their complete Mozart Opera recording cycle, in partnership with Linn Records, with the release of Mozart’s first opera

03 May 2012
Release date: Monday 14th May 2012

Lawrence Zazzo (Apollo)  Klara Ek (Melia)  Andrew Kennedy (Oebalus) Sophie Bevan (Hyacinthus)  Christopher Ainslie (Zephyrus) Marcus Farnsworth & David Shipley (Priests of Apollo) The Orchestra of Classical Opera
Ian Page (conductor)

Concert performances of Apollo et Hyacinthus in Bristol and London:

St George’s Brandon Hill on 11th May and Cadogan Hall on 14th May 2012
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London Music Masters announces the three new 2012-2015 LMM Award Holders – violinists Benjamin Beilman, Hyeyoon Park and Alexandra Soumm

29 Mar 2012

Following the success of London Music Masters’ first international violin awards, established three years ago and complementing its music education programme in primary schools, LMM announces three new award holders for 2012-15 – violinists Benjamin Beilman (United States) Hyeyoon Park (South Korea) and Alexandra Soumm (France). The violinists will be presented in individual recitals at Wigmore Hall in October 2012.

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Pianist Janina Fialkowska to release ‘Chopin Recital’ Part II

19 Mar 2012
Polish-Canadian pianist Janina Fialkowska will release the much-anticipated second CD of her critically acclaimed Chopin Recital series this April. Since recovering from cancer of the shoulder muscle, Fialkowska has firmly re-established herself as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of Chopin and Liszt and has completed four celebrated CDs of in 2 years, which have received exceptional reviews.

UK Release Date – 14th May 2012

‘If you buy one Chopin selection this year, make it Fialkowska's.’

Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times
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Mercury Quartet continue their RADAR series at the Forge, marking the100th anniversary performance of Pierrot Lunaire with Linda Hirst

12 Mar 2012

Monday 19 March, The Forge Camden, 7.00pm

New work, Edmund Finnis*

Katabasis, Steven Daverson*

A Purcell Garland, Knussen, Benjamin, Matthews

Fast Medium Swing by Matthew Shlomowitz

 

Monday 25 June, The Forge Camden, 7.00pm

Commedia, Jonas Kocher*

Pierrot Lunaire, Arnold Schoenberg (with Linda Hirst)

 

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Inner-city children from London Music Masters’ Bridge Project take to the stage with the LPO at the Southbank during Lambeth Schools’ Music Festival

12 Mar 2012
Royal Festival Hall - Wednesday 28th March at 6-6:45pm

To mark four years of London Music Masters’ groundbreaking Bridge Project, primary school children from one of London’s most deprived boroughs take to the stage of the Royal Festival Hall on Wednesday 28th March at 6pm.  Children aged 5 to 9 years will demonstrate their progress in performance and composition with musicians from the London Philharmonic Orchestra prior to their evening concert. The showcase is part of the 4-day Lambeth Schools’ Music Festival 2012 at the Southbank Centre. 
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Fabio Bonizzoni and his award-winning Italian ensemble La Risonanza release their 20th Album

12 Mar 2012
Italian harpsichordist Fabio Bonizzoni and his critically acclaimed baroque ensemble La Risonanza release their 20th album for Spanish label Glossa, Vivaldi Operatic Arias on Monday 7th May 2012. The soloist is Italian soprano Roberta Invernizzi, who has collaborated with La Risonanza for more than 20 years, including on their multi-award-winning series of Handel’s Italian Cantatas, described as ‘irresistiblein the Sunday Times (Hugh Canning). 
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Composer Tom Smail presents world premiere of Music in the Marble with the City of London Sinfonia conducted by Oliver Gilmour

28 Feb 2012

On Friday 9 March, Oliver Gilmour conducts the City of London Sinfonia in the world premiere of Tom Smail’s Music in the Marble at the Royal College of Music. Music in the Marble is a collection of seven symphonic movements inspired by seven sculptures from the 5th century BC to the 20th century: Apollo and Daphne (Bernini), The Thinker (Rodin), The Tomb of Philip the Bold (Sluter), Bird in Space (Brâncuşi), Mary Magdalen (Donatello), Reclining Figure 1951 (Moore) and the Riace Bronzes. Each symphonic movement will be accompanied by large projections of the sculptures in the hall. The programme also includes Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture and Haydn’s Symphony No. 100 – ‘Military.’

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Music in a Tuscan Paradise

28 Feb 2012

 From 20 to 29 July 2012, La Foce hosts the 24th Incontri in Terra di Siena music festival in memory of Antonio and Iris Origo – the Anglo-American writer of War in Val d’Orcia - in the verdant paradise of the Tuscan estate’s celebrated gardens, and in historic castles and churches of the Val d’Orcia. 

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Ian Page and Classical Opera present Mozart’s rarely performed opera Lucio Silla

06 Feb 2012

Ian Page and Classical Opera present a rare concert performance of Mozart’s Lucio Silla at Cadogan Hall on Thursday 8th March, for its first UK performance since 1998.  Originally written for the leading Italian opera stars of 18th century, Lucio Silla, which marks a major turning point in Mozart’s operatic development, will be performed by an inspiring cast of young singers including soprano Natalya Romaniw and mezzo Rowan Hellier in the lead roles. They are joined by sopranos Eleanor Dennis and Katherine Watson and tenor Anthony Gregory. Natalya Romaniw and Katherine Watson have recently joined Classical Opera’s highly-respected Associate Artist programme.

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The OlymPIANIST will cycle 1,200-mile in 21 days with piano ‘in tow’ giving daily recitals across Britain to raise funds for UK music & childrens’ charities

03 Feb 2012

To raise money for music and childrens’ charities, concert pianist Anthony Hewitt - the Olympianist - will cycle with piano ‘in tow’ from Land’s End to John O’Groats to complete 1,200 miles in 21 days.  With a piano trailing in the BeethoVAN, the avid cyclist will cover up to 100 miles a day, giving 27 concerts en route. The Herculean journey across Britain’s hilly countryside will see Anthony ascend more than 20,000 metres – the equivalent of more than twice the elevation of Mt. Everest. He will perform in established venues and remote locations with his piano on a pop-up stage on the back of the BeethoVAN.

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ALBANIAN TENOR TAKING OPERA WORLD BY STORM

25 Jan 2012

Albanian tenor Saimir Pirgu is the rapidly rising star on the international operatic scene in demand in opera houses across Europe in 2012.  Shortly after his debut at the Liceu in Barcelona in gala performances of La boheme with Angela Gheorghiu in March, the 31-year-old tenor returns to Paris for a production of Don Giovanni by award-winning film director Michael Haneke in April. 

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Carmen Giannattasio - Behold, a Prima Donna is born

25 Jan 2012

Carmen Giannattasio rises to the challenge of Bellini’s rarely performed opera Il pirata (The Pirate) to be released on CD on 1st May 2012 on the Opera Rara label

 


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Rebel composer Goebbels' premiere

11 Jan 2012
Trinity Laban leads the London premiere of Heiner Goebbels’ Surrogate Cities as part of Southbank Centre’s Cultural Olympiad and celebrates the rebel composer’s 60th birthday

Saturday 3 March 2012 at 6pm, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre
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‘Night Music’: an evening of chamber works by Vlad Maistorovici

11 Jan 2012
‘Night Music’: an evening of chamber works by Vlad Maistorovici

with members of The Mercury Quartet, Finzi Quartet,Daniel Palmizio, Diana Ionescu and Eliana Pretorian

Friday 20 January 2012 at 7.30pm
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LONDON PREMIERE OF NICOLA LEFANU’S NEW OPERA

11 Jan 2012
LONDON PREMIERE OF NICOLA LEFANU’S NEW OPERA
DREAM HUNTER
PREMIERE: Thursday, 2nd February 2012, then Fri 3rd and Sat 4th at 7:30pm
Wilton’s Music Hall, 1 Graces Alley, London E1 8JB
www.wiltons.org.uk
 
Composer: Nicola LeFanu, Librettist: John Fuller
Conductor: Odaline de la Martinez, Stage Director: Carmen Jakobi
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