25th April: Gerald Barry, The Flying Dutchman and ENO

Wednesday 25th April 2012

The Telegraph

Gerald Barry talks about his new opera The Importance of Being Ernest

Gerald Barry, composer, sees a kindred spirit in the great playwright Oscar Wilde.

The Guardian

English National Opera’s new season includes controversial Disney story

Fictionalised account of animator’s life, one of nine new productions to be staged by the company, will present a ‘nightmarish’ version of Walt Disney.

Welcome to our new contemporary music guide

Tom Service introduces his new series on contemporary classical music, and explains how we need your help.

ENO’s new Flying Dutchman: ‘It will be a white-knuckle ride’

Director Jonathan Kent and conductor Edward Gardner walk about their first tussle with Wagner in ENO’s new production of The Flying Dutchman.

Jessica Duchen

Meet Janina Fialkowska

She has recently been awarded the 2012 Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for lifetime achievement in classical music – her native Canada’s highest artistic honour – and there’s a new CD on the way.

The Independent

Music wars: In the mood

Although it was used as a propaganda tool, music helped those enduring the horrors of the second World War.

LA Times

Christoph Konig will replace Fruhbeck for L.A. Phil dates

The L.A. Philharmonic announced that conductor Christoph König will be stepping in for a run of local concerts scheduled through this weekend in place of Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos.

Conductor Carlo Ponti, San Bernardino Symphony part ways

After 11 years as conductor of the San Bernardino Symphony, Carlo Ponti Jr. is stepping down.

Anoushka Shankar links songs of India and Spanish flamenco

Shankar delves deeper into those sounds on her album ‘Traveller.’

Classical Music Magazine

ENO announces 2012/2013 season

The UK premiere of Philip Glass’ The Perfect American, an opera about Walt Disney, was the headline item at today’s announcement of the English National Opera’s 2012/13 season.


The Goldsmith’s Company commissions new work for historic exhibition

The Goldsmiths’ Company, one of London’s Twelve Great Livery Companies, has commissioned a new composition by Guildhall School Fellow Francisco Coll.

Clarinettist Alan Hacker dies 

The English clarinettist and conductor Alan Hacker has died; he was 73.

NY Times

The Soul of a New Ensemble: Musicians as Entrepreneurs

Introducing a new performing group: The Declassified, the latest example of young classical musicians banding together to figure out a future on their own amid a fraying and fragmenting performance world.

Financial Times

Streaming ahead

Live opera shown in the cinemas and online is opening up a closed world to new audiences.