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The sun is shining and that means – for us at least – three things are crawling out from their winter hibernation: opera festivals, the Proms and ice-cream van drivers.
Tickets for this year’s Glyndebourne Festival Opera are already selling fast and now the BBC Proms are about to follow suit. Public booking opens on 16 May, but the full programme was announced earlier today, including the two Proms we’ll be performing this year (see below).
Hopefully we’ll see you in the Royal Albert Hall in a couple of months.
Prom 39: Mozart – The Abduction from the Seraglio
Friday 14 August
Straight from Glyndebourne, we perform a semi-staged version of the Festival’s Mozart offering for this year, with an international cast led by British soprano Sally Matthews and Lithuanian tenor Edgaras Montvidas.
Mozart The Abduction from the Seraglio (semi-staged; sung and spoken in German)
Robin Ticciati conductor
Edgaras Montvidas Belmonte
Sally Matthews Konstanze
Mari Eriksmoen Blonde
Brenden Patrick Gunnell Pedrillo
Tobias Kehrer Osmin
Franck Saurel Pasha Selim
Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Prom 62: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment performs Brahms
Tuesday 1 September
We’re thrilled to be reunited with Marin Alsop for this all-Brahms programme, which includes his first symphony and an appearance by mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, winner of the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, as soloist in Brahms’s glorious Alto Rhapsody.
Brahms Academic Festival Overture
Brahms Alto Rhapsody
Brahms Symphony No. 1 in C minor
Marin Alsop conductor
Jamie Barton mezzo-soprano
Benjamin Appl baritone
Choir of the Enlightenment