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30 years of breaking the rules: 2015-2016 concerts announced

Thu 22 Jan 2015

Luise Buchberger OAE 2015-2016 Season

This morning at Southbank Centre we launched our 2015-2016 season of concerts to the press – a year which marks our 30th Birthday. As you’d expect we have some pretty special events lined up for you…

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2013 Staff Highlights

Fri 31 Jan 2014

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With the first month of 2014 nearly behind us, we look back at some of our concert highlights from 2013…

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2014-2015 Season Launch

Fri 24 Jan 2014

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On Thursday 23 January, representatives from the four resident Orchestra’s at Southbank Centre, piled into a conference room along with an incalculable number of journalists to find out what was in store for the 2014-2015 Season.  After a decent amount of coffeee, orange juice and pastries, we all took a seat and listened as Southbank Centre Artistic Director Jude Kelly hinted at what lay in store.

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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 – Audience & Press Reactions

Mon 16 Dec 2013

Fantasio

Last night saw fresh life breathed into Offenbach’s lost opera Fantasio, and the first batch of reviews are in…

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Fantasio – The Dialogue Sessions

Fri 13 Dec 2013

OAE

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

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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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Donizetti, Imelda de Lambertazzi (2CD)

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The OAE are joined by principal artist Sir Mark Elder for Opera Rara’s world premiere studio recording of Donizetti’s Imelda de’ Lambertazzi. 

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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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Fantasio in a nutshell

Fri 6 Dec 2013

OAE

‘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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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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David Allsopp – Speed Interview

Tue 7 May 2013

Countertenor David Allsopp joins us on 17 May for the third and final instalment in our Bach journey, at Kings Place. 

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Berlioz’s Romeo & Juliet: Curtain call pics

Thu 12 Apr 2012

Soloists take their bows

Still eeking out the pictures from our Romeo & Juliet project! Here’s a selection from the performance at the Royal Festival Hall. We don’t often photograph our concerts and rehearsals but this was such an unusual and important projct for us we really thought we should. It’ll be a long while before we play this piece again!

Pictures by Matt Wreford.

 

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Romeo & Juliet in rehearsal

Thu 5 Apr 2012

Taken us a while to put these up…but cast your mind back about 2 months and we were playing Berlioz’s huge Romeo & Juliet. Here are some pictures of us in rehearsal with OAE Principal Artist Sir Mark Elder at the Royal Festival Hall, on the morning of our evening performance there ( inbetween the Philharmonia gave a family concert, it was quite a busy day for the Festival Hall!). All pictures are by Joe Plommer and you can view the entire set over on our Flickr profile.

 

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Berlioz’s Romeo & Juliet: audience reaction

Thu 29 Mar 2012

Last month saw one of the most ambitious projects in the OAE’s history come onto the Royal Festival Hall Stage: Berlioz’s Romeo & Juliet, conducted by Sir Mark Elder and with over 200 performers, Orchestra, soloists and choirs.

We caught up with the audience after the London performance to find out what people thought of it.

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Berlioz, Basingstoke and baguettes

Wed 29 Feb 2012

I’m sitting writing this blog on a ridiculously warm Sunday February afternoon underneath the Eiffel Tower.   Sounds glamorous?  Well actually, I do feel quite amazed and lucky to be spending my weekend this way, though the 5.50am start this morning has left me a bit out of it, as has the eight day run of concerts we’ve been doing this week…still, it’s a fairly fantastic thing when you’re invited to go to Paris with a supersize OAE and two choruses, totalling about 250 performers altogether, in a massive production of Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées.  We’ve been touring this mammoth piece in four locations this week: first at the Royal Festival Hall on 18 February (read the reviews from the night here), then to the Anvil in Basingstoke on 23 February, a Night Shift at the Roundhouse as part of the Reverb Festival on 24 February and finally Paris today.

I’ve been with the OAE for four years now and this is the first time I’ve been had the chance to go on a tour from start to finish and what a tour to experience! No two performances have been the same- the Southbank Centre night was my first real listen to the piece in full,  Basingstoke = Amazingstoke (fabulously rich sound) and I thoroughly enjoyed when Sir Mark had to wait for members of the audience to stop talking before he started Part 2- his withering look was priceless!  The Roundhouse gig was totally different – live streaming, a glass of wine and chat with conductor Sir Mark Elder created a unique atmosphere – and the final leg in Paris is sounding awesome, even though I’ve mainly been backstage, looking after the Orchestra’s belongings.  Having said that, each time I hear the piece, I still get the same feeling- a huge rush from hearing a beautifully orchestrated piece, played by a fantastic band.

Here’s a few pictures from my travels (note the slight difference in scenery!):

It’s like Daisy (an OAE cellist I chatted to on the Eurostar journey out) said:

“It’s like the difference between a supermarket apple and an organic one from the market: one is perfectly round and shiny but doesn’t taste of anything, whilst the other may have a few bumps and bruises but tastes exquisite- just like the OAE.”  Well said.

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Romeo & Juliet: Listen again

Tue 28 Feb 2012

Our performance of Berlioz’s Romeo & Juliet at the Royal Festival Hall was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Sunday and is now available on the BBC iPlayer until next Sunday, 4 March. Enjoy!

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Recent reviews: Romeo & Juliet

Mon 27 Feb 2012

Our massive Romeo and Juliet tour with over 250 performers cramming the stages in London, Basingstoke and Paris has finally come to an end, but we’re still getting some great feedback from the concerts.
If you were unlucky and missed the concert, you can still listen to it on Radio 3 here (until Sunday 4 March).

Here are the press reviews:

The Times (subscribers only)

Evening Standard

The Independent

theartsdesk.com

The Guardian

Classical Source

MusicOMH

Musical Criticism

A small selection from our Twitter feedback:

Echori Music Company ‏ @EchoriMusic
Reflecting on how awesome OAE’s performances of Romeo and Juliet are at the moment! Check them out in Paris this Sunday at 1700! @theoae

@theoae @roundhouseldn
“its like having a warm bath” >nice

Ben Gould ‏ @benanial
Heading to @roundhouseLDN for #thenightshift and @theoae! Can’t believe its been 2 yrs since their last show there, should be a cracker!!

Shelley vonStrunckel ‏ @vonStrunckel
Here at Roundhouse listing to @theOAE play Berlioz’ Romeo & Juliet. Amazing with lights, big screen & fab acoustic. Yummy sound.

Zoe Margolis ‏ @girlonetrack
At the Roundhouse waiting for @theOAE to play extracts from Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet for #reverb2012‘s The Night Shift. *excited*

Steven Berryman ‏ @Steven_Berryman
Nice to see a pupil of mine performing in @roundhouseLDN music collective after a brill @theoae concert!

Camilla M Morris ‏ @CamillaMMorris
Berlioz concert: Extracts from Romeo & Juliet played by @theoae – Extraordinary performance by conductor Sir Mark Elder @roundhouse, Camden

We’d love to know what you thought too- post any comments below.

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