15th August: New season at the LSO, Mike Christie’s new opera, and Chicago Symphony offer free stream

Thursday 15th August 2013

Classic FM Online

New season at the LSO

After a successful summer residency in Aix-en-Provence, the LSO will be back in town from September

G4’s Mike Christie on writing his first opera

He found fame as part of the pop-opera quartet and X Factor stars G4, but Mike Christie has now gone on to something something quite different – writing his own opera

Artist of the week – Valentina Lisitsa

Valentina Lisitsa is one of the most frequently viewed pianists on YouTube, who sold out her debut performance at the Royal Albert Hall after attracting an internet fan base of millions


Sir Kenneth Branagh named campaign patron for Hallé St Peter’s

The actor and director lends his support to the Hallé’s new rehearsal, recording and education venue as the second phase of development begins

Opus Arte to release album commemorating Susan Chilcott

The album, featuring a number of previously unheard recordings, marks 10 years since the soprano’s death in 2003

Britten’s canticles inspire Glyndebourne’s imaginative new chamber opera

‘Wakening Shadow’ to run alongside stunning revival of ‘Billy Budd’

The Telegraph

Ivan Hewett’s Classic 50 No 34: Berlioz – Au cimetière, from Les nuits d’été

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

Classical Music Magazine

Chicago Symphony offers free Verdi stream

Chicago Symphony Orchestra is offering a global audience free tickets to its sold-out concert on 10 October

Kohlberg & Co drops Steinway bid after Paulson makes rival offer

Private equity group Kohlberg & Co has dropped out of the bidding process for Steinway Musical Instruments, after it emerged that hedge fund manager John Paulson had made a higher offer for the grand piano maker

Die Zeit

Ein ziemlich revolutionärer Vorgang

Einschafen, kotzen, heulen: Zwei Tage bei den Festspielen in Bayreuth zwischen Hummerwürsten, Rattenkindern und ewiger Todessehnsucht.


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