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Fantasio – Pre-Concert Talk

Wed 8 Jan 2014

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In this podcast, Sir Mark Elder gives an introduction to our performance of Offenbach’s Fantasio, which took place at Royal Festival Hall on London’s Southbank, 15 December 2013.

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Offenbach’s Fantasio – Audience Reactions

Fri 20 Dec 2013

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On 15 December we took Offenbach’s Fantasio to the Royal Festival Hall, with Sir Mark Elder conducting an all-star cast including Sarah Connolly and Brenda Rae.  Here’s what the audience had to say about it.

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Fantasio – The Dialogue Sessions

Fri 13 Dec 2013

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Sunday approaches and the cast of Offenbach’s Fantasio join conductor Sir Mark Elder to brush up on their French…

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Current Distractions

Thu 12 Dec 2013

In this week’s Current Distractions, when love and classical music meet the modern world.  Plus, top five conversation starters for awkward Christmas dinners.

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Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880)

Composer

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His times: Offenbach was sent from his native Cologne to study music in Paris, a city that was fast forging a reputation as the world capital of entertainment (risqué, populist and otherwise) and was, for much of the composer’s adult life, under the regime of the Second French Republic and Napoleon III.

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Fantasio in Rehearsal

Wed 11 Dec 2013

As Sir Mark Elder and the cast of Fantasio prepared for Sunday’s performance at Royal Festival Hall, photographer Russell Duncan was there to capture it.

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Sarah Connolly and Sir Mark Elder on Offenbach’s Fantasio

Wed 11 Dec 2013

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As they took a break from recording Offenbach’s Fantasio, we spoke with conductor Sir Mark Elder and mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly, about the challenges of reviving a lost opera.

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Offenbach’s Fantasio: Trailer

Thu 5 Dec 2013

Fantasio trailer

We’ve just released this video trailer ahead of our performance of Offenbach’s opera Fantasio on 15 December.

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Speed Interview – Victoria Simmonds

Thu 28 Nov 2013

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We chased down the wonderful Victoria Simmonds; aka Flamel in our up and coming concert performance of Offenbach’s Fantasio, to talk about some of the finer things in life (books, opera, Brad Pitt, that sort of thing…)

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And the results are in…

Wed 26 Jun 2013

*cue dramatic music*

*overly long pause*

The winner of ‘Pick an Offenbach design 2013‘ is….

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