Sunday, 31 December 2017

2017 on Planet Hugill

Bizet: Carmen - Tiago Matos, Christophe Poncet de Solages, Philip Rhodes, Na'ama Goldman The Grange Festival 2017 (Photo ©Robert Workman)
Bizet: Carmen - Tiago Matos, Christophe Poncet de Solages, Philip Rhodes, Na'ama Goldman
The Grange Festival 2017 (Photo ©Robert Workman)
We have had a busy 2017 on Planet Hugill. Highlights have included contemporary music at the Estonian Music Days in Tallinn, rare early Verdi in Heidenheim and Buxton, a powerful new production of Gounod's Faust in Riga, Ginastera's Bomarzo in Madrid, my first visit to the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, and two new opera festivals in the UK (Grange Park Opera with its new opera house in Surrey and the Grange Festival in Hampshire). Not to mention Covent Garden's first production of Rossini's Semiramide for 125 years, English Touring Opera giving us Handel's Giulio Cesare uncut, Leoncavallo's Zaza at Opera Holland Park, the UK premiere of Thomas Adès' The Exterminating Angel at Covent Garden and Enescu's Oedipe from the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

It wasn't all large scale performances, Ruth caught Pop-Up Opera at the V&A whilst Anthony saw Shadwell Opera at the Hackney, and The Magic Flute at the King's Head. And it has been a great year for song, with some terrific concerts at Wigmore Hall, and London Song Festival celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Tony reviewed Wagner's Ring Cycle, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Parsifal at the Bayreuth Festival, and Meyerbeer's Le prophète and Mahler's Symphony No. 3 in Berlin. Anthony's reviews also included early Rossini from La Fenice in Venice and Ruth caught the end of Rosenblatt Recitals at Wigmore Hall.

Interviews in 2017 included sopranos Albina Shagimuratova, Natalya Romaniw, Clare Rutter, Dame Ann Evans, and Catherine Foster, violinist Kyung Wha Chung, composers Nicola Lefanu, Patrick Hawes, Jonathan Dove, Tom Green and Adrian Sutton, tenor Mark Padmore, conductors John Nelson and Suzi Digby, baritone Benjamin Appl, and director Elijah Moshinsky.

Wagner: Parsifal - Bayreuth Festival - Ryan McKinny (Photo © Bayreuther Festspiele / Enrico Nawrath)
Wagner: Parsifal - Bayreuth Festival - Ryan McKinny
(Photo © Bayreuther Festspiele / Enrico Nawrath)
Awards
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 Top performing stories in 2017
  • Joyce DiDonato thrills as Rossini's Semiramide at Covent Garden 
  • Respecting the drama: Annabel Arden's production of Carmen at the Grange Festival
  • Handel's Messiah from the Academy of Ancient Music
  • Daring and original: Purcell's King Arthur re-thought from Academy of Ancient Music
  • Composer, conductor, singer: I chat to Owain Park about his concerts at the Temple Winter Festival
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You can read more in my summaries of the year, 2017 in opera and concert reviews, 2017 in CDs.

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