British soprano Nadine Benjamin celebrates the music of black women and opens doors and opportunities with classical arias
Nadine Benjamin is passionate about performing music by female composers and diverse musicians, and performs a number of concerts across December opening up classical music to everyone. On Friday 1 December Nadine performs Shirley J. Thompson’s The Woman Who Refused to Dance in a concert as part of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Opera: Passion, Power and Politics exhibition. This is followed by a performance on Tuesday 5 December at Steinway Hall celebrating black woman in song. Nadine will also be supporting Opening Doors London on Friday 8 December, and performing in her annual free concert in Covent Garden on Thursday 14 December.
Palazzetto Bru Zane revives French vaudeville operetta with an exuberant production of Hervé’s Mam’zelle Nitouche
Palazzetto Bru Zane presents the vaudeville operetta Mam’zelle Nitouche directed by Pierre-André Weitz on December 14-20 at the Théâtre Graslin in Nantes. Premiered in January 1883, the semi-autobiographical comedy follows the double-life of a jobbing composer who poses as a convent organist by day and moonlights as a man of the theatre by night. The run will launch the premiere recording of Mam’zelle Nitouche. Weitz’s exuberant production evokes the colours and imagery of Hervé’s Fin de siècle Paris. An Anglophile, Hervé’s Mam’zelle Nitouche is littered with popular English quotations from Shakespeare and English literature and it is likely that his operatic follies were an inspiration to Gilbert & Sullivan.
The English Concert showcases their principal violinists with a programme of spiritual and virtuoso works
The English Concert makes their Kings Place début on 6 December in an intimate sonata-filled programme of Corelli, Matteis, Biber and Purcell featuring their soloists, Nadja Zwiener, Tuomo Suni, Emilia Benjamin and Tom Foster.
Experience the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras in free events across London
The Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras appear in three different guises in free events across London. Sir John Eliot Gardiner and his forces will be performing at the Victoria and Albert Museum on 15 December and joined by their Monteverdi Apprentices for workshops and a performance at Morley College. The Monteverdi Apprentices also celebrate the end of their year long apprenticeship in a farewell concert on 26 November. Sir John Eliot Gardiner has spent the last 50 years training up the next generation of singers and musicians through his Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras; including artists such as Dame Felicity Palmer, John Shirley-Quirk, Charles Brett, Gareth Keene, Sir Bryn Terfel and Mark Padmore.
Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques launch their latest Lully opera recording
Christophe Russet and Les Talens Lyriques return Lully’s opera Alceste to the Palace of Versailles in a performance at the Opéra Royale on Sunday 10 December. This coincides will the release of Les Talens Lyriques’ recording of Alceste – the seventh in their series of Lully operas. The all-star cast includes Judith van Wanroij in the title role, Edwin Crossley-Mercer as Alcide and Emiliano Gonzalez Toro as Admète.