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Facing the music: Noah Stewart

Nat King Cole, Nina Simone and New York City – tenor Noah Stewart on his musical passions on and off the stage

The pitfalls and perks of playing a concert hall piano

The tone and touch of a piano might be terrific or terrible, so how does a performer prepare? Pianist Boris Giltburg describes the keyboard of his dreams

The Times

10 things to know about Simon Rattle’s new concert hall

As debate rages about whether London needs a new £200m venue to keep up with the best in Europe, Richard Morrison conducts his own feasibility study

The Strad

Frank Peter Zimmermann forced to hand back ‘Lady Inchiquin’ Stradivarius

The violinist, who turns 50 this Friday, is attempting to buy the instrument, which was previously on loan from failed bank WestLB AG

International Arts Manager

Digital marketing for the arts discussed in free session

The secrets of digital success are being shared at The Art of Digital, a free workshop aimed at arts organisations hosted by arts administration specialists Spektrix and digital agency AD.


Rattles Wunschkonzert

Diskussion um neue Tonhalle für London

Berliner Zeitung

Berliner Straßenchor feiert mit „Straßen-Carmina“ Premiere

Der Berliner Straßenchor ist ein Chor für Menschen ohne Wohnung, ohne Arbeit, Menschen mit Behinderung, Drogenabhängige oder Prostituierte.


Businessplan für Bonner Beethoven-Festspielhaus vorgestellt

Zwar ist noch nicht gewusst, welcher Architekt das Beethoven-Festspielhaus in Bonn bauen wird, aber der Bau, der komplett privat finanziert werden soll, hat jetzt bereits einen Businessplan, der die Wirtschaftlichkeit des Unternehmens voraussagt.


‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ and ‘Whiplash’ Top Contenders at Oscars, Alexandre Desplat Wins Best Original Score

Now with the Oscars at a close, the results proved to be a normal get together of acting talent abound.


Composing The Folk Music Of A Made-Up Country

Composer Alexandre Desplat is competing against himself in this year’s Oscars: He’s up for two awards in the category of Best Original Score.


Intermusica ‏@IntermusicaLtd :@colincurrieperc & Pavel Haas Quartet at @wigmore_hall at the weekend – more photos here 

Bachtrack ‏@bachtrack : Strongly cast revival of Die Zauberflöte at @royaloperahouse @JanaiBrugger @tobyspence

Royal College Music @RCMLatest: Congrats to RCM pianist Luka Okrostsvaridze, chosen for the #TillettTrust‘s Young Artists’ Platform with a recital @wigmore_hall in December

NEWS 24th Piano

‘The finest pianos achieve the best results’ … Boris Giltburg. Photograph: Sasha Gusov

(Written on February 24, 2015 )

We are delighted to welcome versatile baritone John Brancy to our international client roster.

John has been hailed by the New York Times as “a vibrant, resonate presence” and a “dashing, strong-voiced baritone”. The 2014-2015 season will see him in the title role of Tobias Picker’s Fantastic Mr. Fox at Opera San Antonio‘s brand new Tobin Center and with debuts at Edmonton Opera as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and at Opera Lyra Ottawa as Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro. Brancy’s numerous concert engagements include a debut with Musica Sacra in Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall and a recital tour with pianist Peter Dugan, where they will present a special tribute to the centennial anniversary of World War I presented by VocalArts DC at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, CAIC in Chicago and Société d’art Vocal de Montréal. The young baritone will also be performing in a recital at the New York Festival of Song and with renowned pianist Ken Noda at The Song Continues: Spotlight Recital, presented by Marilyn Horne.

Previous seasons saw Brancy at Oper Frankfurt, Dresden Semperoper, Le Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Pacific Opera Victoria and Gotham Chamber Opera. He was also seen in performances at the Hugo Wolf Akademie in Stuttgart, and in recital with Thomas Adès and members of the San Francisco and Boston Symphony Orchestras. Brancy made his Carnegie, Avery Fisher, and Alice Tully Hall debuts while still an undergraduate student at The Juilliard School. He is a winner of the Sullivan Foundation Grand Prize, the 2013 Marilyn Horne Song Competition, first prize at the Classical Singer Magazine Competition, the Gold Award for Voice at the YoungArts Foundation competition and was a laureate of the 2012 Montreal International Music Competition.

John Brancy is passionate about music education and wrote the children’s opera Operation Superpower with Tobias Greenhalgh and the composer Armand Ranjbaran during their time at Julliard. John and Tobias perform the title roles of superheroes at school to encourage students to discover their own superpower. And because having a career as an opera singer and superhero is not enough, John is also about to launch the new snack brand ‘Meat N Nuts’ with his business partners Michael Atkins and Tyler Clark. Meat N Nuts combines a healthy blend of nuts with sustainably sourced beef jerky and the project was funded by a Kickstarter campaign.

John Brancy

Credit: Kristin Hoebermann

(Written on September 18, 2014 )

In May 2013, Andrew Staples will perform the role of Tamino in the Royal Opera House’s production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. He will join Sophie Bevan (Pamina), Simon Keenlyside (Papageno), and Albina Shagimuratova (Queen of the Night)..

Other highlights in the 12/13 season include Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen with Bryn Terfel and Sarah Connolly, La bohème with Rolando Villazon, a new production of Nabucco with Placido Domingo, Simon Boccanegra with Thomas Hampson and the return of Birtwistle’s The Minotaur.

For a full list of productions, visit the Royal Opera House website.

Credit: Richard Ecclestone

(Written on March 15, 2012 )

Tenor Andrew Staples was featured in yesterday’s Daily Telegraph discussing his work away from the stage – directing and producing, and his upcoming plans to tour Africa from Nairobi to Cape Town with a travelling production of Die Zauberflöte. To read the full interview visit the Daily Telegraph’s website. More information about Opera for Change, visit

(Written on February 7, 2012 )

WildKat PR are currently working with the fabulous lyric coloratura soprano Kim Sheehan.  Kim is in high demand as a soloist, and has just begun a busy 6-month run of performing main roles in opera houses and festivals across Europe – Garsington, Winterthur, Gera, Bampton, Bauge, Buxton and Bad Lauchstädt.

Kim is currently performing the iconic role of the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte in Garsington Opera‘s innovative new auditorium.  Kim has received some great reviews from this performance:  The Arts Desk described her performance as ‘utterly brilliant’ and praised her for her ‘angelic upper register’, and the Financial Times highlighted Kim as one of the performers that ‘set the pulse racing’ in this particular production.

With Kim’s flourishing career seeing her perform both in the UK and internationally, Kim Sheehan is definitely one to watch!  You can still catch Kim as the Queen of the Night by booking tickets on the Garsington website.  Keep checking the WildKat PR blog for future reviews and news on Kim’s concert engagements.

(Written on June 6, 2011 )

After an enjoyable Christmas break, entering the new year of 2011 and with so much music going on across the world, the London based WildKats thought they would let you know what they’re looking forward to in this exciting year to come!

Kathleen’s Pick

The Bayreuth Festival, Germany – 25th July until 28th August 2011

Why? “I’m looking forward to the whole of the Bayreuth Festival this year, but especially Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. It looks really interesting. Katharina is much talked about as both the artistic director of the festival and as a director. I think it will be one of the best productions of the summer season.”

Victoria’s Pick

Die Zauberflöte – Royal Opera House, London – 1st February until the 26th February 2011

Why? “Colin Davis revives this classic staging of Mozart’s great opera Die Zauberflöte. After managing to miss Kate Royal’s recital in London last year, I am a little bit beyond excited to see perhaps my favourite soprano in the role of Pamina.”

Fleur’s Pick

Sir Simon Rattle with members of the Berliner Philharmoniker – Royal Festival Hall, London – 20th February 2011

Why? “This will be a rare opportunity to hear Sir Simon lead players from the Berlin Phil in London. It will be incredibly exciting to hear an intimate, yet deeply emotive programme being performed at the Southbank Centre and as I’m a lover of chamber music, this shall be a highlight of the year”

Vicky’s Pick

Anna Nicole – Royal Opera House, London – 17th February until the 4th March 2011

Why? “Composer Mark-Anthony Turnage and librettist Richard Thomas are coming together for operatic portrayal of the life of the Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith, in the conventional setting of the Royal Opera House’s main auditorium.  Featuring swearing, sex and drug abuse, this modern opera is a reflection of contemporary society and the power of the media.  I think it’s great that the Royal Opera House continue to encourage performances of new operas that deal with modern day themes.”

(Written on January 6, 2011 )