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Maria di Rohan pics

Fri 18 Dec 2009

Somewhat belated, (entirely my fault) but here are some pictures of the cast taking their bows at our performance of Maria di Rohan at the Royal Festival Hall last month. Thanks to Opera Rara for the pictures!

William, Marketing Director

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Maria di Rohan reviews

Fri 13 Nov 2009

Here are a selection of reviews from our performance of Donizetti’s Maria di Rohan last Saturday at the Royal Festival Hall:

The Times

Guardian

Financial Times

Arts Desk

Intermezzo

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New podcast: Sir Mark Elder talks about Maria di Rohan

Wed 4 Nov 2009

Our new podcast is just out and can be listened to below – and will be available on itunes shortly. It features singer Christopher Purves and conductor Sir Mark Elder talking about Donizetti’s Maria di Rohan and OAE Principal Oboe Anthony Robson talking abour Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius.

You can also download the podcast here.

Please note that the clip from Maria Di Rohan (supplied with thanks to Opera Rara) is not from the forthcoming recording but is with Nelly Miricioiu and the Philharmonia Orchestra.

We perform Maria di Rohan at the Royal Festival Hall on 7 November (tickets), and The Dream of Gerontius at the Royal Festival Hall on 24 November (tickets), withe further performances in Birmingham Town Hall on 28 and 29 November (tickets).

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Maria di Rohan recording

Tue 3 Nov 2009

On Friday evening I popped into Henry Wood Hall, where we are currently rehearsing and recording Donizetti’s Maria di Rohan with Opera Rara and Sir Mark Elder. Below are a few pics – not many people around as was taken during the break! What I was surprised about was how we go about recording a piece like this. I had assumed we would rehearse for several days and then record, but it doesn’t work like that – instead there is perhaps a day of rehearsal and then a rehearsal of each section followed by a recording of it. So the opera is built up over several days rather than being recorded in one go. It’s taking just over a week to record and rehearse, though the vocalists and choir have been rehearsing for some time previous to this. Should make for a fanatastic performance at the Royal Festival Hall on Saturday!

William Norris, Marketing Director

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New season

Thu 16 Apr 2009

We talked a while back about the photoshoot for our new brochure. Well we’re now busy designing said brochure, but we thought you’d like a sneak peak at one of pics. Pictured (l-r) are Catherine Ford, Philip Bainbridge (and his dog), Katherine Hart, Neil McLaren and Jenny Bullock. The new season at Southbank Centre has just gone on sale – in a future post we’ll talk about what we’re all looking forward to most, but to just pick out a few obvious highlights we’ve got a complete run of Beethoven Symphonies, a very rare OAE venture into Elgar with The Dream of Gerontius, Donizetti’s opera Maria di Rohan (a collaboration with Opera Rara)  and a concert unpicking Mozart’s Symphony No.40 with the brilliant Marin Alsop.  You can look (and book, should you feel so inclined) at all the concerts here, and we’ll let you know when a downloadable brochure is ready. Happy browsing!

William, Marketing Director

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