17th May: Magdalena Kožená, Simon Halsey and the Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music

Thursday 17th May 2012

The Guardian

Magdalena Kožená: ‘I’m not scared of the big maestro’

What’s it like to sing Carmen when your husband is the conductor? Magdalena Kožená reveals all.

The NY Times

A Deadly Night in the Boxing Ring is Grist for an Evening at the Opera

The jazz trumpeter, band leader and composer Terence Blanchard is composing an opera based on Griffith’s life called “Champion,” with a libretto by the playwright Michael Cristofer.

ArtsJournal – Slipped disc

La Scala’s 1960s Butterfly has died

Maria Bieshu, the Moladvaian soprano who commanded the Scala stage and many others as Madam Butterfly, died today at the age of 76.

Bach’s hometown ensemble is saved

We’re hearing from the concertmaster in Eisenach that two million Euros have miraculously been found to save the theatre from instant closure


Echoes of the Quartet for the End of Time

A new work commissioned by the Gryphon trio takes inspiration from Messiaen’s wartime work.

Reflecting Olympian ideals in music

This year’s Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music takes as its theme the great sporting event.

Simon Halsey named chorus director of LSO and chorus

Conductor takes up the role in August 2012.