Classical Music News – La Sonnambula, Mikhail Rudy, Pictures at an Exhibition.

Monday 14th November 2011

Every day the WildKat team scan the newspapers and blogs online to bring you a digested list of the day’s classical music.

The Guardian

Another View on La Sonnambula

Bellini’s views on somnambulism are very much of his time – who thinks a sleepwalker is a phantom these days?

The Times (£)

Toby Spence on his role in Eugene Onegin

Toby Spence played the rake offstage and on. Now the tenor loves gardening and his new role swings both ways…

The Times (£)

Eugene Onegin at the London Coliseum.

Traditionally staged and passionately conducted, English National Opera’s new production of Tchaikovsky’s lyrical masterpiece is full of ensemble virtues.

Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog

A Great Gate of… Wimbledon?

Mikhail conceived a way to update this ever-musical artist’s work for a modern context. Joining forces with an expert animation company, he set about breathing life into Kandinsky.

The Telegraph

Mireille, New Sussex Opera, Cadogan Hall.

Like some fresh sweet rosé which turns astringent once it leaves its native soil, Gounod’s Mireille doesn’t travel well. With its Provençal setting and pseudo-folk songs and dances, it’s much loved in France, but everyone else looks down their noses at its sentimental religiosity…