Sunday 14 January 2007

News season Great Performers at the Barbican

The 2007/2008 Great Performers season has started booking at the Barbican. As usual, ridiculously early but how can one resist such a good selection of concerts. It seems to be a feature of concert life in London that the big institutions are opening booking earlier and earlier (at least it seems that way, I've not kept a proper record of it).

But the 2007/08 season at the Barbican includes Les Arts Florissants doing Landi's Il Sant Alessio (no, I hadn't heart of it either). Magdalena Kozena doing Handel arias, Emmanuelle Haim and Le Concert d'Astree doing Handel's Dixit Dominus and Bach's Magnificat, the Sixteen doing Messiah, Natalie Dessay doing Italian operatic arias, Vivaldi's opera Tito Manlio, Handel's Flavio, Ian Bostridge singing in Bach's St. John Passion, Mozart's Idomeneo and Britten's Billy Budd (this latter with the LSO), Thomas Quasthoff and Bernada Fink in Bach cantatas and Andreas Scholl doing Handel cantatas. Plus of course various more modern musics, including another Golijov premiere, Saariaho's Adriana Mater, recitals by Juan Diego Florez, Roberto Alagna, Cecilia Bartoli (no programme for this one, which is a bit naughty) and Gergiev and the Vienna Philharmonic much much more.

As a member you get 20% discount, which certainly makes a big difference to ticket prices. It means that we can just about afford to sit in half decent seats in the stalls instead of way back in the circle.

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