In honour of our upcoming concert with world-renowned tenor Ian Bostridge in Chelmsford, we present you with some little known facts about the composer and the future musicians he inspired.Read More
OAE Education reaches out much further than the concert hall.Read More
Our rule-breaking, late-night series, The Night Shift, is going online:Read More
OAE Education Director and oboe player, Cherry Forbes, updates us on what’s happening up in Yorkshire.Read More
For those of you who’d like to delve deeper into the work of Purcell, here’s a taste of the music from his much celebrated opera Fairy Queen, featured in TOTS this weekend.Read More
This year, our popular New Years concerts return to Kings Place on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, to welcome in twenty fourteen with music that’s even more rousing than Auld Lang Syne, and the good news is a) it doesn’t matter if you’re hung over and b) we won’t make you hold hands and sing along.Read More
Thanks to everyone who came along to TOTs on Saturday, we had a great time and very much enjoyed taking you on our musical tour of Europe. Below you’ll find a full list of the music included in the concert. See you next time!Read More
Education Director Cherry Forbes discusses her time at the Beverley Early Music Festival.Read More
This week, as part of our collaboration with National Centre for Early Music (NCEM), we’ve been working with students from Years 7 and 8 from Beverly Grammar School, as well as York University MEG students, recreating Purcell’s Fairy Queen.Read More
Education Director Cherry Forbes is currently up in Beverley, working on an exciting project based on Purcell’s Fairy Queen. Here, Cherry tells us about the first day of the project; the quirks of staying in this beautiful historic town and what to expect from the rest of the week.Read More
Today is not only St. George’s Day but also World Book Day, so we thought we’d mix some British music with some literature-related music and the result is a new Spotify playlist, including Purcell’s works on Shakespeare, Monteverdi’s on Petrarca, Strauss on Cervantes…
Add some Dowland, Britten, Tallis, Sullivan and of course the most well-known versions of Romeo and Juliet (Berlioz, Prokofiev and Bernstein’s West Side Story) and you’ll have a wonderful soundtrack for your day. Enjoy it!Read More
The countertenor is the highest male adult voice. Peter Giles, a professional countertenor and noted author on the subject, defines the countertenor as a musical part, rather than a vocal style or mechanism. The countertenor range is generally equivalent to an alto range, extending from approximately G3 or A3 to E5 or G5 and they will usually have a vocal center similar in placement to that of a mezzo-soprano.Read More
We hope you enjoyed our OAE TOTS go Wind today- it was fabulous to see so many music makers at Kings Place on a snowy Saturday morning!
If you grown-ups would like to know what you heard and maybe listen again at home, here’s a list of some of the music we played:
Anon (songs) Wind, wind, blow the clouds/Rock-a-bye baby
Vilano Ground bass
Corette Rondeau from Sonata 1 Op. 2
Philidor Marche de La Calote
Keller 3rd movement from Sonata in C
Engels Nachtigall or Bird Fancyer’s delight
Handel Country Dance from Water Music
Purcell Wondrous Machine
Bach Sinfonia from Christmas Oratorio
If you’d like more information about OAE Education and future TOTS concerts, visit our Education section.Read More
Anyone present at ‘Live Friday’ last week will have heard Margaret Faultless, Robin Michael and Matthew Truscott putting Purcell through his paces, on the rooftop of Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum.Read More
After last month’s performance of Queens, Heroines and Ladykillers: French Exchange at Southbank Centre, we spoke with some audience members to find out what they thought of the concert.Read More
In Part 3 of our guide to female opera characters, we’re looking into the life of famous queen Dido…and tonight at the Royal Festival Hall, Anna Caterina Antonacci will be portraying the lady herself in an aria from Berlioz’s grand opera Les Troyens.
Who was she?
Dido was founder and queen of Carthage. She fled her home of Tyre when her brother murdered her husband and she settled with her followers in North Africa.
The new city of Carthage was flourishing when the Trojan hero Aeneas arrived on his way to Italy to found what would eventually be Rome. However, when he stopped in Carthage the goddess Venus made Dido fall in love with him and for a while Aeneas postponed his quest. When he eventually left, Dido was heartbroken and committed suicide, cursing Aeneas and his descendants. Aeneas later met Dido in the underworld but she refused to forgive him even in death.
What was she famous for?
Dido is most famous for the Roman poet Virgil’s account of her romance Aeneas in The Aeneid. The story of their doomed romance was used by Christopher Marlowe, Henry Purcell and Sasha Waltz.
Dido has a popstar, a computer game character, a mathematical problem and an asteroid named after her.
Was she a queen, heroine or ladykiller?
Dido was a queen first and foremost. Before Aeneas arrived on the scene, she was an accomplished leader known for her wisdom. When she originally asked for land to build Carthage she was told she could have only the amount of land an ox hide could cover – to get round this she had the hide cut into one long strip which meant she had enough land to build a whole city!
Who will be singing Dido and when?
Anna Caterina Antonacci will sing Je vais mourir…Adieu, fière cité from Berlioz’s Les Troyens at Three eras of divas on 30 September 2012. You can listen to it here
Sarah Connolly will be singing When I am laid in earth from Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in French Exchange on Thursday 8 November 2012.Read More
The DVD of Glyndebourne’s spectacular production of Purcell’s exuberant take on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is now available.Read More
We’re very pleased to be able to offer you the chance to watch the 2009 Glyndebourne production of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, featuring the OAE, online.Read More