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…Read More
With the first month of 2014 nearly behind us, we look back at some of our concert highlights from 2013…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
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.Read More
Last night saw fresh life breathed into Offenbach’s lost opera Fantasio, and the first batch of reviews are in…Read More
Sunday approaches and the cast of Offenbach’s Fantasio join conductor Sir Mark Elder to brush up on their French…
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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.Read More
The OAE are joined by principal artist Sir Mark Elder for Opera Rara’s world premiere studio recording of Donizetti’s Imelda de’ Lambertazzi.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
‘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’ve just released this video trailer ahead of our performance of Offenbach’s opera Fantasio on 15 December.Read More
Countertenor David Allsopp joins us on 17 May for the third and final instalment in our Bach journey, at Kings Place.Read More
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.
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.
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.Read More
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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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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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)
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
“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
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