Sunday 3 February 2013

January on Planet Hugill - Spacedogs, Minotaurs and an Enchanted Forest

New Year on Planet Hugill started with the Royal Opera House opening its doors, with a day of video streamed events. We also saw the new film by their new Director of Opera, Kasper Holten, based on Mozart's Don Giovanni. Harrison Birtwistle's The Minotaur made a welcome reappearance at Covent Garden, with John Tomlinson again in the title role.
English Touring Opera's new childrens opera Laika the Spacedog was launched at the Science Museum.
Italian tenor Antonino Siragusa made his third appearance at Rosenblatt Recitals at Wigmore Hall. Still at Wigmore Hall, soprano Anna Prohaska and Arcangelo brought their Enchanted Forest recital
Matthew Barley started off his Around Britten tour at Turn Sims concert hall in Southampton. The choir of Clare College, Cambridge launched the 2013 London A Cappella Festival. And Mark Elder and the London Philharmonic Orchestra performed Elgar's Dream of Gerontius as part of the opening of the South Bank Centre's the Rest Is Noise Festival. Londinium started off Britten100 with their Britten in America programme.
The Pink Singers are 30 this year and we went along to help them celebrate.
We rounded off the month with a complete performance of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, volume 1.
CD reviews included Christopher Purves and Arcangelo in Handel arias and a disc of keyboard musicby Uraguayan/American composer Sergio Cervetti. Roxanna Panufnik's new CD Love Abide was released complete with animations and live performance from Voces8.
Our regular contributor Hilary went to a number of events and her reviews included French song at the Wigmore Hall, Fretwork and Alamire in Thea Musgrave andnew work by Samson Marzbani. A new guest, Kieran, reviewed Silent Opera's L'Orfeo.
Distinguished obituaries we sadly noted included John Carol Case and Peter Ebert
Backstage staff were honoured at the ABO AwardsAntonio Pappano received the ISM's Distinguished Musician Award and the Royal Philharmonic Society celebrated its 200th birthday.
Features included some instructions for audiences and the 1950's Handel opera revival in England.

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