This season has been particularly interesting for Donizetti fans in London. From Opera Rara’s Les Martyrs to Glyndebourne’s Poliuto, not to mention ETO’s performances of The Siege of Calais and The Wild Man of the West Indies, we have seen a revival of unknown or almost forgotten operas by this workaholic Italian genius, together with some of his most famous works such as Maria Stuarda at the Royal Opera.Read More
Hear Les Martyrs, the latest in the Orchestra’s collaboration with Opera Rara, conducted from a new critical edition of the score by OAE Principal Artist, Sir Mark Elder.Read More
We’re still buzzing from last night’s performance of Donizetti’s grand opera Les Martyrs, the latest instalment in our collaboration with Opera Rara. Conducted by Sir Mark Elder, it featured a superb cast including Michael Spyres, Joyce El-Khoury and David Kempster. Here’s what the public had to say:
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Joyce El-Khoury plays Pauline in Les Martyrs at the Royal Festival Hall on 4 November, as well as the upcoming Opera Rara recording of the opera. We found out what makes her tick by means of our tried and tested speed interview.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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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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.Read More
Gavan Ring joins us this Sunday for a concert performance of Offenbach’s Fantasio. We spoke to him about Music, Beckett and Dylan Moran.Read More
‘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.Read More
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…)Read More
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The winner of ‘Pick an Offenbach design 2013‘ is….Read More
Our 2013-2014 Southbank Centre season is now on public sale.
It all starts off on 30 September when baroque legend William Christie returns to us to conduct a programme of orchestral overtures and arias by Rameau as well as music from England’s favourite adopted composer, George Frideric Handel. This opening concert not only starts our season but also our eight-event series Gamechangers, featuring works and composers that were pivotal in shaping musical history and performers who are gamechangers in the musical scene today.
The season continues through until June 2014 with artists appearing including Semyon Bychkov, Principal Artist Sir Mark Elder, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Robert Levin and Sir Simon Rattle.
Also during the year, our The Works series continues as well as OAE TOTS concerts for music-lovers aged 6 and under. And, new for 2013, we have a Family Concert celebrating Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals. Our late-night popular series, The Night Shift will also continue, with performances being announced later.
Details of all performances are now online on our site, or you can alternatively browse the online concert diary below.
Concerts can be booked through Southbank Centre online or on 0844 847 9922.Read More
We are thrilled to be able to announce that Sir Mark Elder has today been appointed a Principal Artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, joining our three other Principal Artists Iván Fischer, Vladimir Jurowski and Sir Simon Rattle.
Sir Mark’s association with the Orchestra dates back to 1992 and has included landmark events such as Verdi’s Requiem in 2001 at the Royal Festival Hall; Creation, the final concert of the our Haydn festival at the Southbank Centre in 2009; and most recently conducting us in over twenty different works for the BBC Four series Symphony.
Sir Mark’s next concert with us, and his first as a Principal Artist, will be Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Festival Hall on 18 February, which is followed by further performances in Basingstoke and Paris and a Night Shift event at Camden’s Roundhouse.
Future collaborations will include concerts and recording projects in association with Opera Rara.
For full information see our Press Room.Read More
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!
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Here are a selection of reviews from our performance of Donizetti’s Maria di Rohan last Saturday at the Royal Festival Hall:
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).Read More
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!
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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!
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