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Andrea Bocelli got married to his manager and it was just lovely

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Pianist Sergio Tiempo will allow the audience of his forthcoming London concert to decide which six Chopin Etudes he will play by asking them to vote online

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(Written on March 28, 2014 )

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Today is WildKat PR’s fifth birthday and we have been reflecting in the office on some of the many highlights – events and concerts we have attended, as well as musicians and organisations we have been privileged to work with.

An almost impossible task would be to narrow these past years down to just five highlights, as there have been so many, but we have done our best:

Kathleen: Blogging with Ivor Bolton

One of my earliest clients was the conductor Ivor Bolton. We were working with him over a particularly busy season at Salzburg Festival and encouraged him to keep a behind the scenes blog while he was there. At the time, no-one else was doing this, and Ivor  received so much interest and positive feedback for his writing – it opened him up to a much wider, international audience and led to press coverage across Europe.

Vesna: Working with AyseDeniz Gokcin

When we began working with AyseDeniz, she had very little press in the UK, but since working with her, her classical reworking of Pink Floyd pieces have gone viral online and helped draw a huge ‘non-classical’ audience to classical music, and she’s shown that projects can be unusual and innovative without being gimmick-y. AyseDeniz is an example of a brilliant classical artist who happens to love her instrument and other musical styles so much that she tried to extract all possible sounds from it.

Fleur: Visiting the IAMA Conference 

When I began working with WildKat PR as an intern I was fortunate to be able to attend some of the networking events at the IAMA Conference. I was able to meet leading members of the industry, and to talk about WildKat. It was nerve-wracking but enjoyable and opened up a whole new world to me, making me even more eager and inspired to pursue a career in the classical music industry.

Victoria: Attending a performance of Don Giovanni in Baden Baden

In 2011 I was lucky enough to attend one of the performances of Don Giovanni in Baden Baden which was recorded and later released on Deutsche Grammophon. There are so many reasons that this concert sticks out as one of the highlights of my WildKat career, firstly because of its incredible cast: Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, Luca Pisaroni, Rolando Villazon, Joyce DiDonato, Mojca Erdmann and Diana Damrau conducted by Yannick  Nézet-Séguin. This was also the first time I’d travelled outside of the UK for work, Don Giovanni is my favourite opera of all time, AND afterwards I met my idol, Joyce. It’s the first and only time I have been professionally speechless.

Harriet: Silent Opera

As far as transport to concerts go, being taken by boat from Festival Pier to deepest darkest East London was a lovely experience and a great way to have a collective buzz from the whole audience before the show had even begun. The views down the Thames were breath taking and a hassle free trip meant for huge excitement for all when we finally arrived at the mysterious venue.



(Written on April 5, 2013 )

Wall St. Journal

Luca Pisaroni: A Voice Perfect for Playing Kings, Demons and Gods.

Luca Pisaroni talks about his role in the MET’s first ever ‘mash up’.

Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog

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Boosey & Hawkes remembers Tony Fell.

The Times

Glum, despondent? The Scrapheap Orchestra will raise your spirits.

Richard Morrison argues that if people are diligent enough to make a violin from a toilet then it must be possible to save to euro.

The Guardian

Opera’s battle for the big screen.

Manager Peter Gelb is leading the way in attracting a new, younger audience to New York’s Metropolitan Opera, but at what cost? Charlotte Higgins writes.

Slipped Disc: Norman Lebrecht

Simone Young Calls Time on Hamburg.

The Australian conductor will give up her two jobs as director of Hamburg Opera and general music director of the city, in 2015.

Vanessa stirs a storm at seaside.

Vanessa Redgrave is announced as guest director of next year’s Brighton Festival.


(Written on December 9, 2011 )

Ten years ago, the final act of many 9/11 victims was one of love. Facing the unthinkable, their parting gesture was to reach out to their families, friends and colleagues. Ten years later, ‘Remember to Love’ those who are gone, those who remain and those to come.

Tonight Luca Pisaroni will perform alongside fellow cast members from The Metropolitan Opera, Angela Meade and Anthony Roth and Grammy Award-winning violinist Gil Shaham. The concert at St Paul’s Chapel – just a stone’s throw from Ground Zero, is part of Trinity Wall Street’s observance of the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001.

The concert is the finale of nine choral concerts happening today, featuring celebrated choirs from New York City, Washington DC, Pennsylvania, and Boston, regions linked by the tragic events of 9/11, and one of five that are being streamed live by

The concert’s webcast, produced by Trinity Wall Street, will be carried live by NPR Music and then archived, with a slideshow of photos, on along with four of the preceding choral concerts, it will also be streamed live at ttp://

For further information about the five concerts being webcast live by  please visit:




(Written on September 9, 2011 )

This summer Bass-Baritone Luca Pisaroni has returned to Glyndebourne Festival in their new production of Handel’s Rinaldo. The production, which opened on Saturday, has received fantastic reviews, but it is Luca’s impressive singing which has really wowed critics and audiences alike:


“Smashing singing from Luca Pisaroni as Argante (what a commanding entrance aria)”.

Daily Telegraph:

“Luca Pisaroni was at the top of his game as the treacherous Argante”.

Financial Times:

“The best of the singers is the bass, Luca Pisaroni, as Argante”.

The Arts Desk:

“Singing everyone else into the shadows in Act I, Pisaroni’s easy stage presence and sooty tones recalled his previous Glyndebourne star turn as Leporello”.

Music OMH:

“Luca Pisaroni stole the show with his Argante, his first aria a model of Handelian bass style.”

Rinaldo runs at Glyndebourne until 22nd August and the cast will appear at the BBC Proms on August 25th.

For more information, visit Luca’s website and facebook.

Photo credit: Bill Cooper

(Written on July 5, 2011 )

It’s that time of year again and the BBC Proms are almost upon us. We want to know what/who you are excited about seeing, and give you our picks of this year’s Proms Festival. Each WildKat has been limited to three Unmissable events… not an easy feat.


Prom 5: Martha Argerich performs Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Despite turning 70 in June, Argerich is still the grand dame of the piano and at the top of her game. She’s having a really busy year which includes releasing a DVD on ACCENTUS Music of the world premiere of Rodion Shchedrin’s Romantic Offering, a double concerto for Piano, ‘Cello and Orchestra, which I am also really excited about [shameless plug – sorry]!

Prom 29: I saw Dudamel recently in LA, and he is such an amazing animator and conductor. His skill and talent is still so fresh despite having been in the spotlight now for a number of years. I’ve lived with the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra and Gustavo in South America, and just love their passion for music making.

Prom 46: Being a violinist myself I am a sucker for this kind of repertoire. I think the husband and wife team of Viktoria Mullova and Matthew Barley promises to be a sizzling late night Prom. Be sure to book tickets in the Gallery so you can lie down and just enjoy!


Well, I wanted to pick SBYO/Dudamel too, but Kat beat me to it. Mahler 2 is possibly my favourite work of ALL TIME, so I will definitely back her up on that selection.

Prom 28: I love a bit of Renaissance choral music (Kat says this makes me a geek), and Victoria is one of my favourites (not least because he has an excellent name). This late night Prom will be a great chance to hear the fantastic Tallis Scholars perform.

Prom 55: Here comes another plug for one of our artists…The WildKats are all very excited about working with Bass-Baritone Luca Pisaroni and he is performing at Glyndebourne Festival this year in the role of Argante in their new production of  Handel’s Rinaldo. I’m looking forward to seeing the company bring this production to the BBC Proms with a talk beforehand from Handel expert Ruth Smith and writer, critic and Handel biographer Jonathan Keates.

Prom 67: Sarah Connolly. Do I need to say more…? OK, I don’t, but I will. One of Britain’s foremost mezzo sopranos will perform Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the LSO and conductor Sir Colin Davis. Also make sure to check out the bass, Matthew Rose. I caught him at the Proms two years ago singing Handel’s Messiah, and he was INCREDIBLE.

Credit: Peter Warren


Prom 9: I really struggled to pick just three of the BBC Proms I am looking forward to this year, but this one definitely makes the cut!  With a programme of works by Sibelius, Bartok and Janacek performed by the Hallé Orchestra under Mark Elder, this promises to be an amazing concert.  Pianist András Schiff joins the orchestra in performance of Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

Prom 18: In this Prom the amazing flautist Emmanuel Pahud performs two flute concerto world premieres by Elliott Carter and  Marc-André Dalbavie – a performance not to be missed!  BBC National Orchestra of Wales performs a programme of Beethoven alongside these world premieres, under the baton of Thierry Fischer.

Prom 22: I’m a bit of a Rachmaninov fan so I was pretty excited when I saw this Prom!  Gianandrea Noseda leads the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in an all-Rachmaninov programme, with his famous Vocalise and his grand choral work The Bells.  This is a musical feast of Russian choral music and song – I can’t wait!

(Written on May 26, 2011 )

We are very excited to announce that Luca Pisaroni joins WildKat PR’s client roster for a European PR campaign. Luca will appear in the role of Argante at Glyndebourne Festival’s production of Handel’s Rinaldo, and as Leporello in a production of Don Giovanni at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, where he will also record for Deutsche Grammophon.

Luca’s appearances at Glyndebourne as the seedy Leporello in last year’s production of Don Giovanni were highly acclaimed by press; and other recent engagements have included his debut at Houston Grand Opera in the role of Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, and as the count’s nemesis, Figaro, in the same opera with San Francisco Opera, Opéra National de Paris and Wiener Staatsoper.

Luca is one of the most captivating singers of his generation, and we are looking forward to working with him during his upcoming European engagements.

Luca was born in Venezuela, raised in Italy and now lives in Austria with his wife and two dogs, Lenny and Tristan.

(Written on May 24, 2011 )