Wednesday 1 January 2020

Happy New Year

A Happy New Year from all at Planet Hugill


This year we have posted a total of 655 articles, Tony, Anthony, Ruth, Colin and I, starting with my preview of Hervé Niquet's concert with Le Concert Spirituel at the Barbican showcasing requiems by Cherubini and Plantade, and ending with my review of BBC National Orchestra of Wales & Andrew Constantine's disc of Elgar and Chadwick.

Along the way we have covered events in London and the South East, plus visits to Cardiff, Leeds and Aldeburgh, as well as travelling to Antwerp, Ghent and Brussels in Belgium, Eisenstadt and Erl in Austria, Oslo in Norway, Paris, Nice, and Strasbourg in France, Dresden, Berlin, Bayreuth, and Cologne in Germany, and Geneva in Switzerland.

Our top performing post this year was my preview of Alistair White's new opera ROBE, whilst our top 10 included my review of Fulham Opera's Die Meistersinger, my interview with Desmond Earley, musical director of The Choral Scholars of University College Dublin, my review of Dani Howard's new opera Robin Hood,  my interviews with violinist Jennifer Pike, and conductor Harry Bickett, the Royal Opera's new production of Britten's Death in Venice and ENO's recent revival of Simon McBurney's production of Mozart's The Magic Flute.

If you have missed out on anything over the year then our archive lists Performances we've heard, CDs we've listened to and People we've interviewed are now up to date and well worth a browse.

In December we were featured on Expertidos' 16 Best Opera Blogs, a list which includes a wide variety of opera websites.

According to Google Analytics we had over 140,000 pages viewed by over 90,000 users during 2019, the majority in the UK (48%) and the USA (22%) but many all over the world, many thanks to everyone who reads the blog.

Don't forget that you can also sign up for my mailing list with gives you our e-Newsletter, This month on Planet Hugill direct into your inbox. You can get a preview of our forthcoming e-Newsleeter, December on Planet Hugill: Charpentier, Handel, Praetorius and Offenbach here.

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