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Rameau’s Zaïs – Audience reactions

Mon 28 Apr 2014

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Last night saw the UK premiere of Rameau’s Zaïs at Queen Elizabeth Hall, conducted by Jonathan Williams.  Here’s what you had to say about it…

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Rameau’s Zaïs

Sun 27 Apr 2014

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We catch up with conductor Jonathan Williams, as he and the cast prepare for the UK premiere of ‘Rameau’s Zaïs’ at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Sunday 27 April.

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7 Things You (probably) Didn’t Know About Rameau

Tue 22 Apr 2014

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In preparation for the UK debut of Rameau’s Zaïs, here are 7 things you (probably) didn’t know about composer Jean-Philippe Rameau.

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Got hole punches? Win Zaïs prizes

Fri 4 Apr 2014

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With our performance of Rameau’s opera Zaïs now just a few weeks away we’re about to send out the postcards to just about anyone who might be interested. This though, is a mailing with a difference…

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Zaïs – Cast your votes!

Wed 26 Feb 2014

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On 27 April we celebrate the 250th anniversary of Rameau’s death, with a British premiere of one of his most powerful operas – Zaïs.

We need an eye-catching image to go with the concert but which one is best? We’ve narrowed it down to our four favourite designs and now we need your help.

Each of the designs is based on the opera’s overture, which depicts the four elements emerging out of chaos.  You can also see that in two of the designs this is taken a step further with Fire, Earth, Air and Water each represented by a colour.

Vote for the image you like best at the bottom of the page. Voting closes Monday 3 March at 9.30am

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2013 Staff Highlights

Fri 31 Jan 2014

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With the first month of 2014 nearly behind us, we look back at some of our concert highlights from 2013…

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Last night’s encores…

Tue 1 Oct 2013

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Anyone who was at the Royal Festival Hall last night for our season opening concert with William Christie and Sandrine Piau will know that we had a bumper number of encores for you – four in total! So here’s what they were:

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Monday nights are about ironing, housework and working late. Right? Wrong.

Thu 26 Sep 2013

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If your typical Monday night contains ANY of the things in the video above then we can help you.

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Preview the year of music coming up…

Sat 7 Sep 2013

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Get a taste of what we have in store for you over the year ahead with our just-released 2013-2014 trailer. In it we look back at highlights from the last 12 months and give you a taste of some of the most exciting treats we have in store for you.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Handel and Rameau

Fri 9 Aug 2013

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On 30 September our new season kicks off with a musical explosion that brings William Christie to the Royal Festival Hall, accompanied by the critically acclaimed soprano Sandrine Piau.  Many of you will already be familiar with Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks, but here’s some facts you may not know about the music and composers featured in the event.

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Going on a Journey

Tue 2 Jul 2013

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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!

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Jean-Phillippe Rameau (1683-1764)

Composer

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The Man
Rameau was secretive about the first half of his life: it seems that he never imparted any detail of it to his friends or even to his wife. We know he was born in a family of musicians, that his father was his first teacher and that he worked as an organist in some churches, including the one in the Jesuit College where Voltaire was a pupil – a few years later he became the librettist of some of Rameau’s operas.

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French Exchange: Audience Reactions

Wed 12 Dec 2012

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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. 

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Feisty Females: Part 4

Fri 2 Nov 2012

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Our guide to female opera characters returns, with a look at Phaedra…
The fabulous Sarah Connolly will be taking on the role next Thursday at our next Queens, Heroines and Ladykillers concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, in Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie.

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