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Sun 24 Aug 2014

Glyndebourne

Glyndebourne: Rinaldo

RINALDO; Glyndebourne,
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Handel Rinaldo

Ottavio Dantone conductor
Robert Carsen director
Gideon Davey designer
Philippe Gireaudeau movement director
Robert Carsen and Peter Van Praet lighting designers

Iestyn Davies Rinaldo
Tim Mead Goffredo
Anthony Roth Costanzo Eustazio
Christina Landshamer Almirena
Karina Gauvin Armida
Joshua Hopkins Argante
James Laing a Christian magician

Our second opera in the Glydebourne summer festival is Handel’s Rinaldo, a revival of the 2011 production.  ‘Musically speaking, the finest contribution of all came from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment…I can’t recall hearing such eloquent continuo playing from any orchestral pit, anywhere, with so many moments when the ear was atuned so mesmerizingly to the instruments.’ (Music OMH review from 2011)

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Fri 22 Aug 2014

Glyndebourne

Glyndebourne: Rinaldo

RINALDO; Glyndebourne,
Book now

Handel Rinaldo

Ottavio Dantone conductor
Robert Carsen director
Gideon Davey designer
Philippe Gireaudeau movement director
Robert Carsen and Peter Van Praet lighting designers

Iestyn Davies Rinaldo
Tim Mead Goffredo
Anthony Roth Costanzo Eustazio
Christina Landshamer Almirena
Karina Gauvin Armida
Joshua Hopkins Argante
James Laing a Christian magician

Our second opera in the Glydebourne summer festival is Handel’s Rinaldo, a revival of the 2011 production.  ‘Musically speaking, the finest contribution of all came from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment…I can’t recall hearing such eloquent continuo playing from any orchestral pit, anywhere, with so many moments when the ear was atuned so mesmerizingly to the instruments.’ (Music OMH review from 2011)

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Frans Brüggen (1934-2014)

Thu 21 Aug 2014

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A photogallery remembering our Emeritus Conductor Frans Brüggen, including early pictures of him rehearsing the OAE.

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Two minutes on… the Ophicleide

Tue 19 Aug 2014

horn

“Berlioz wanted it to sound pretty rough and ghastly – so we do our best to provide that”

John Elliot introduces the Ophicleide, and its role in Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique – filmed while on tour with the piece last year.

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Current Distractions

Fri 15 Aug 2014

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I’m taking over the reins of Current Distractions for one week only and this week we look at classical music past, present and future. Oh, and wifi.

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Remembering Frans Brüggen (1934-2014)

Fri 15 Aug 2014

Frans Bruggen

All of us at the OAE were very sad to hear the news of Emeritus Conductor Franz Brüggen, who passed away at the age of 79 earlier this week – a conductor who has had an association with the OAE almost since the Orchestra’s inception.

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Rinaldo – Press Reaction

Thu 14 Aug 2014

rinaldo

As you may be aware, Rinaldo opened at Glyndebourne on Saturday and that means that the nation’s opera critics were out in force. Here’s what they had to say:

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Frans Brüggen 1934-2014

Wed 13 Aug 2014

Frans Bruggen

We have heard the very sad news today that our Emeritus Conductor Frans Brüggen passed away this morning at the age of 79. A full statement will follow in the coming days.

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In rehearsal: Sir Roger Norrington conducts Berlioz

Wed 13 Aug 2014

Berlioz Video

Last autumn we went on tour with our Emeritus Conductor Sir Roger Norrington, with some pretty unusual repertoire for us – Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique.  Indeed, this was only the second time we have ever programmed this piece.  Here’s a clip of the Orchestra and Sir Roger Norrington rehearsing the piece at the Palais des Beaux-Arts (BOZAR) in Brussels ahead of performances there, and in Warsaw and Helsinki.

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Pre-concert talk: Sally Beamish in conversation

Tue 12 Aug 2014

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Back in May we revived Sally Beamish’s piece Spinal Chords, which we had premiered as part of the Cultural Olympiad in 2012. In this pre-concert event Sally talks to Nicola Christie about reviving her composition two years on from its first performances and the works’ genesis.

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Operamaniac: 5 things we take for granted (or why Wagner spoiled all the fun)

Fri 8 Aug 2014

Wagner and dragon

We tend to take a wide range of things for granted and immutable, as we never saw them being done on another way. However, things change. Who could imagine that in the 21st century we would be flying and using the internet? Ok, maybe Bartolomeu de Gusmao with his “Passarola” but he was a bit alone on that. Therefore, let me share with you five things that have changed with time, be it by a matter of taste or practicality.

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6 things you (probably) didn’t know about Rinaldo

Thu 7 Aug 2014

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As we prepare to perform Rinaldo at Glyndebourne, here are 6 things you may not have previously known about Handel’s opera.

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In rehearsal: Rameau’s Anacréon

Mon 4 Aug 2014

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Footage from recording sessions earlier this year when we recorded Rameau’s 1754 opera Anacréon. The studio recording will be released later this year. You can also hear Anacréon LIVE on 9 October at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, alongside another 1 act opera, Pigmalion.

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Current Distractions

Fri 1 Aug 2014

Narcissus

Looking for a new desk? Look no further. No further than the bottom of this page, at least. And do read the other items on your way down. They’re good stuff.

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The Aftershow: Annette Isserlis and Margaret Faultless in conversation

Wed 30 Jul 2014

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Well we must admit we have been rather remiss in getting our pre and post concert talks up online this year. Apologies, but we’re now doing our best to catch up and post remaining talks we have on file up here.

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Concerts announced at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Fri 25 Jul 2014

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

We’re very excited to be able to announce four concerts in the coming season at the new Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, next to the Globe on the Southbank.

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Hello! Do you have a spare 2 minutes and 52 seconds?

Tue 22 Jul 2014

Watercycle

We thought you probably did.

And how do you feel about being inspired by music, and our largest-ever education project?

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Getting crafty…the Watercycle appeal

Mon 21 Jul 2014

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Last week we broke out the Pritt sticks and got crafty here at the OAE office, to fashion some rather special envelopes for our new Education Appeal.

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Current Distractions

Fri 18 Jul 2014

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You may have read some blog posts recently about the departure of Matt, who was the most frequent compiler of Current Distractions. He has now left the building (in a literal rather than figurative sense) and so it falls upon me, as his replacement, to do it. This week it’s all about fake and dangerous art, slow motion and heartbeats. Here goes….

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Video Vault: 10 minutes with OAE Music Librarian Colin Kitching

Wed 16 Jul 2014

Colin Kitching Video

We had a rummage through our archives and found this gem from back in 2008 which we thought was worth sharing with you all. Then intern Nick Cooke traveled out to deepest Chesham to meet up with OAE Librarian Colin Kitching. The video includes rare footage of the OAE’s legendary music shed…

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