The English Concert embark on a tour of Handel’s Orlando in February to London, Birmingham, Amsterdam, Vienna and New York 50 years after the opera’s UK revival
Artistic Director Harry Bicket and The English Concert embark on an international tour of Handel’s Orlando in February and March 2016 alongside Iestyn Davies and Carolyn Sampson. The tour begins at Vienna’s Theater an der Wien and subsequently goes to Birmingham Town Hall, London’s Barbican, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and New York’s Carnegie Hall. The cast also includes Erin Morley as Angelica, Kyle Ketelsen as Zoroastro, and Sasha Cooke as Medoro. Davies performs with the ensemble for the third time this season following two sold out recitals at Wigmore Hall, which the Independent called “a flawless evening” and the Guardian noted the “finely focused playing” from The English Concert.
Jocelyn Pook’s Drawing Life – a multi-media composition about the children in the Terezin Concentration Camp – tours around the UK in January 2016
Jocelyn Pook tours her multi-media composition Drawing Life around the UK in January having shown previews of the project in 2014 to launch Jewish Book Week. The official premiere of the piece takes place at the Barbican's Milton Court on 30 January. Drawing Life was originally commissioned by the Jewish Music Institute and is inspired by the drawings and poems of the children who were at the Terezin concentration camp.
90th Birthday concert for Anita Lasker-Wallfisch with the Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch at Wigmore Hall
To celebrate his mother cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch’s 90th year, Raphael Wallfisch with his Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch return to the Wigmore Hall on 20 January. Following the Trio’s critically-acclaimed recording, their programme includes piano trios by Rachmaninov and Arensky, alongside those of Beethoven and Brahms.
Cellist Raphael Wallfisch stars alongside Carlos Acosta in Will Tuckett’s Elizabeth at the Royal Opera House
British cellist Raphael Wallfisch stars alongside dancers Carlos Acosta and Zenaida Yanowsky at the Royal Opera House in the world premiere of Will Tuckett’s Elizabeth, new theatrical production with music composed by Martin Yates and narrated by actors Sonya Cullingford and Julia Righton.
Young British director Sam Brown makes his Welsh National Opera debut with a new production of Rossini’s Barber of Seville 200 years after its première as part of WNO’s Figaro trilogy
Young British director and comic opera specialist Sam Brown makes his Welsh National Opera debut with a new production of Rossini’s Barber of Seville as part of a Figaro Forever trilogy in Spring 2016 alongside Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro and the world première of Elena Langer’s Figaro Gets a Divorce. This production of Rossini’s comic opera runs almost exactly 200 years after the initial première in Rome in 1816.