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Opera singers capsize during open-air Magic Flute

Three opera singers were left bedraggled and sodden when the boat carrying them to an open-air stage capsized, tipping them into a lake

The Times

Explain yourself: Mariss Jansons

Latvian-born and Russian-trained conductor Mariss Jansons describes his shows


Westminster City Council plaque marks the site of the first UK performance of Beethoven’s Ninth

The Green Plaque on London’s Regent Street honours the bicentenary of the Royal Philharmonic Society, who commissioned the work in 1922

London’s Wigmore Hall launches new televised chamber music series

Performances from such artists as Marc-André Hamelin, the Takács Quartet, Sarah Connolly and Stile Antico will be broadcast on Sky Arts 2 from August 12

The Telegraph

New Faces: Fidan HajiyevLa

Azeri singer Fidan Hajiyeva is a young talent with a rivetingly strong tone, writes Ivan Hewett

Ivan Hewett’s Classic 50 No 33: Carlo Gesualdo – Asciugate i Begli Occhi

The latest in Ivan Hewett’s 50-part series on short works by the world’s greatest composers

Classical Music Magazine

Wigmore Hall’s deal with Sky Arts is ‘a first step’ to greater broadcasting possibilities

A newly announced deal which the Wigmore Hall has signed with Sky Arts 2 for broadcast of seven concerts recorded live in HD presages plans for the venue to relay events to a global audience

Los Angeles Times

Metropolitan Opera is focus of online petition decrying Putin

The Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” has been receiving considerable attention even before its official opening

Die Zeit

Wie klingen Gier, Wonne, Tod?

Zum 200. Geburtstag von Richard Wagner gibt es Berge von Büchern. Über die Musik findet sich darin – fast nichts!

(Written on August 9, 2013 )

Mozart showed prodigious ability from his earliest childhood, and by the age of 5 he was already composing and performing (on the piano and the violin) for European royalty. At 17, he was engaged as a court musician in Salzburg, but quickly grew restless and travelled in search of a better position, always composing abundantly. In 1781 he was dismissed from his Salzburg position, and chose to stay in the capital, where he achieved fame but little financial security. During his final years in Vienna, he composed many of his best-known symphonies, concertos, and operas, and portions of the Requiem, which was largely unfinished at the time of his death.

Throughout his career, Mozart, capable of imitating and improvising upon the styles of all the greatest musicians of the day, learned voraciously from others. He developed a brilliance and maturity of style that encompassed the light and graceful along with the dark and passionate. He composed over 600 works; many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, operatic, and choral music. He is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers, and his influence on subsequent Western music has been profound. Haydn wrote of him that “posterity will not see such a talent again in 100 years.”

A quick vote amongst the members of the WildKat office to decide upon Mozart favourites included:

Piano Concerto 23 in A, K 488
Leporello’s Catalogue aria from Don Giovanni
Un’aura amorosa from Cosi
Voi Che Sapete – Marriage of Figaro
Papageno’s Song- Magic Flute
Violin Concerto No. 4 in D, K 218
Clarinet Concerto in A, K 622
Bei Männern welche Liebe fühlen
Te Deum in C Major
Symphony No. 40
Requiem Mass in D Minor


(Written on December 5, 2012 )

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 )