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Fantasio in a nutshell

Fri 6 Dec 2013


‘It’s confusing but….life is’ Sir Mark Elder on Fantasio.

Indeed it is, but do you think you can sum up Offenbach’s Fantasio in 140 characters?  Whoever explains it best will win two top price seats to the performance at Royal Festival Hall on 15 December and the runner-up will bag a copy of the OAE and Glyndebourne’s La Cenerentola (Cinderella) double disc set.

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Farewell from Emily

Mon 5 Aug 2013

Sadly, it’s time to say goodbye. After 3 awesome months as the Development Trainee, I am off to pastures new, aka working for a Circus.

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Jean-Phillippe Rameau (1683-1764)



The Man
Rameau was secretive about the first half of his life: it seems that he never imparted any detail of it to his friends or even to his wife. We know he was born in a family of musicians, that his father was his first teacher and that he worked as an organist in some churches, including the one in the Jesuit College where Voltaire was a pupil – a few years later he became the librettist of some of Rameau’s operas.

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Not all audiences are the same – Playlist

Mon 3 Jun 2013

Last season we proved that not all audiences are the same and with the last concert of the season taking place tonight, we put together a playlist to find out what tracks our audience and Orchestra love to listen to.  Enjoy.

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Lorraine Hunt Lieberson

Mon 13 May 2013

Lorraine Hunt Lieberson was born in San Francisco, on 1 March 1954.  She grew up in a very musical household, with both her parents being music teachers and heavily involved in opera.

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A Bit About Falstaff

Wed 8 May 2013

The character of Falstaff appears in three of Shakespeare’s plays, the two Henry IV plays, and The Merry Wives of Windsor.  A vain and obese knight, he provides the kind of comic relief that has become so embedded in today’s theatre and cinema.

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Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)



Himself: Despite his innate musical ability (he began studying music at the age of three), Verdi’s application for the Milan Conservatory was rejected due to his lack of piano technique and discipline. In 1839, he moved to Milan and he had his first success with Nabucco and also his first failure, with the comedy Un giorno di negro. He only composed one other comedy in his career: Falstaff, his last opera.

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Sir Simon Rattle and the OAE

Mon 28 Jan 2013

Music journalist Andrew Mellor wrote a lovely article a while back about our relationship with Sir Simon Rattle, so we thought it was the perfect time to share it with you, just before we perform with the maestro himself tomorrow night at the Royal Festival Hall…

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Not all audiences are the same: Jennifer Jones

Mon 8 Oct 2012

When I rang my Mum, Jennifer, (pictured right) at the eleventh hour and asked whether she would like to be in the OAE’s new season brochure – since we were looking for an older woman to complement the bodybuilders and other people with ‘strong looks’ that had already contacted the OAE – she completely astounded me by agreeing.

Mum was available for last minute photo shoots since she had given up work 2 years prior when she was diagnosed with Cancer – a terminal lung cancer called Mesothelioma, which attacks the lining of the lung cavity and had developed due to exposure to Asbestos as some undefined point in Mum’s life.  Tragically Mum never got to see her picture in print, as she passed away before the last concert of the OAE’s season in June 2012, just a few days after her 62nd birthday.

I’ve worked at the OAE since 2003, and Mum had been a dedicated supporter since then.  A month after I started work at the OAE she joined us last minute for the Theodora dress rehearsal at Glyndebourne and was as blown away with OAE and the late Lorraine Hunt Lieberson as I was.  Every Summer since then she accompanied me to Glyndebourne.  Choosing the perfect Glyndebourne outfit had become almost an obsession for us both – as well as the celeb spotting.  I think we managed a news reader and a few actors.  Heaven forbid that I ever ask someone else to accompany me.  She regarded it as payback for all those years of clarinet lessons and ferrying me around.

Living in Surrey, Mum was also a regular at our Southbank Centre concerts.  Like me, she had a particular love of the later stuff, but came to relish and enjoy the Baroque self-directed earlier stuff too.  Though she could never quite get over her opinion that all Haydn Symphonies sound the same – there are just too many of them!

It has been a pleasure to share my OAE journey with her, a rather fitting tribute to see her smiling face immortalised in the brochure this year.

Ceri Jones, Projects Director

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Current Distractions

Thu 30 Aug 2012

Welcome to the first of a new section based around what’s been catching our collective eye…

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Glyndebourne’s Le Nozze di Figaro – free and on demand

Fri 24 Aug 2012

As ever, this summer we’ve been down in Glyndebourne, this year performing in the pit for two operas, The Fairy Queen and Le Nozze di Figaro. We’re delighted to say that Glyndebourne have made available this completely free stream of Le Nozze di Figaro, conducted by Robin Ticciati, which you can enjoy here until 2 September. Happy viewing!

Don’t forget that you can purchase DVDs of the Glyndebourne productions of The Fairy Queen and Rinaldo in our online shop.

Act 1

Act 2

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Fairy Queen DVD

Price: £24.99 Buy Now

The DVD of Glyndebourne’s spectacular production of Purcell’s exuberant take on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is now available.

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Glyndebourne: on demand

Mon 6 Aug 2012

We’re very pleased to be able to offer you the chance to watch the 2009 Glyndebourne production of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, featuring the OAE, online.

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Rinaldo DVD

Price: £24.99 Buy Now

The DVD of the 2011 Glydebourne production of Handel’s opera, featuring the OAE conducted by Ottavio Dantone. 

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Fairy Queen: First reviews

Wed 25 Jul 2012

Last week Glyndebourne’s production of Henry Purcell’s The Fairy Queen opened, with us providing musical accompaniment from the pit. The first reviews are in and here’s what they had to say:

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Figaro in pictures

Tue 17 Jul 2012

We’re almost halfway through our run of The Marriage of Figaro at Glyndebourne and there’s been some great response to it so far. 

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Figaro: First reviews

Mon 2 Jul 2012

Nozze di Figaro © Alistair Muir

Here are the reviews so far from our first performance of The Marriage of Figaro at Glyndebourne.

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OAE at the BBC Proms

Mon 23 Apr 2012

BBC Proms 2012

One of the most closely guarded secrets in the classical music world is always what’s going to be on at the BBC Proms, so even though our appearances are planned some way in advance, no one aside from us in the office knows what we are doing until the big Proms announcement and launch. This year that launch took place last week, so we can now safely tell you that this year we’ll make not one but two appearances this year.

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Rinaldo Reworked

Fri 21 Oct 2011

On 6 October, OAE and Glyndebourne’s education departments joined music students from Blatchington Mill School and Varndean College to perform extracts from Handel’s Rinaldo.

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Rinaldo at the BBC Proms: Reviews

Wed 31 Aug 2011

Last week we made our annual appearance at the BBC Proms, as part of the Glyndebourne Prom, a semi-staged performance of Handel’s Rinaldo. Here’s what the reviewers and bloggers made of it:


Music OMH

Classical Source

The Times (subscribers only)


Seen and Heard

There are some pictures from the Prom on the Proms Facebook Page here.

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