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Recent reviews: Romeo & Juliet

Mon 27 Feb 2012

Our massive Romeo and Juliet tour with over 250 performers cramming the stages in London, Basingstoke and Paris has finally come to an end, but we’re still getting some great feedback from the concerts.
If you were unlucky and missed the concert, you can still listen to it on Radio 3 here (until Sunday 4 March).

Here are the press reviews:

The Times (subscribers only)

Evening Standard

The Independent

theartsdesk.com

The Guardian

Classical Source

MusicOMH

Musical Criticism

A small selection from our Twitter feedback:

Echori Music Company ‏ @EchoriMusic
Reflecting on how awesome OAE’s performances of Romeo and Juliet are at the moment! Check them out in Paris this Sunday at 1700! @theoae

@theoae @roundhouseldn
“its like having a warm bath” >nice

Ben Gould ‏ @benanial
Heading to @roundhouseLDN for #thenightshift and @theoae! Can’t believe its been 2 yrs since their last show there, should be a cracker!!

Shelley vonStrunckel ‏ @vonStrunckel
Here at Roundhouse listing to @theOAE play Berlioz’ Romeo & Juliet. Amazing with lights, big screen & fab acoustic. Yummy sound.

Zoe Margolis ‏ @girlonetrack
At the Roundhouse waiting for @theOAE to play extracts from Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet for #reverb2012‘s The Night Shift. *excited*

Steven Berryman ‏ @Steven_Berryman
Nice to see a pupil of mine performing in @roundhouseLDN music collective after a brill @theoae concert!

Camilla M Morris ‏ @CamillaMMorris
Berlioz concert: Extracts from Romeo & Juliet played by @theoae – Extraordinary performance by conductor Sir Mark Elder @roundhouse, Camden

We’d love to know what you thought too- post any comments below.

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February Podcast: Sir Mark Elder, Laurence Cummings and frothy tea…

Thu 9 Feb 2012

It’s time for the latest packed edition of the OAE podcast, this time with added snazzy intro music. In this edition we speak to Sir Mark Elder about Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet, chat with Laurence Cummings about Bach, talk to composer Sally Beamish and writer Melanie Reid about Spinal Chords, a new piece for the OAE as part of the London 2012 celebrations, plus there’s a chat with OAE Digital Content Officer Zen Grisdale about his role at the OAE (including how he like his tea…) and lastly we talk on the phone to Double Bassist Cecelia Bruggemeyer about her top CD picks. Phew!

The podcast can be streamed or downloaded below and will also be available on itunes from tormorrow.

Full details of all our performances

OAE Podcast February 2012 by OAE

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Sir Mark Elder announced as a Principal Artist of the OAE

Mon 12 Dec 2011

Sir Mark Elder. Credit Simon Dodd

We are thrilled to be able to announce that Sir Mark Elder has today been appointed a Principal Artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, joining our three other Principal Artists Iván Fischer, Vladimir Jurowski and Sir Simon Rattle.

Sir Mark’s association with the Orchestra dates back to 1992 and has included landmark events such as Verdi’s Requiem in 2001 at the Royal Festival Hall; Creation, the final concert of the our Haydn festival at the Southbank Centre in 2009; and most recently conducting us in over twenty different works for the BBC Four series Symphony.

Sir Mark’s next concert with us, and his first as a Principal Artist, will be Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Festival Hall on 18 February, which is followed by further performances in Basingstoke and Paris and a Night Shift event at Camden’s Roundhouse.

Future collaborations will include concerts and recording projects in association with Opera Rara.

For full information see our Press Room.

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Donizetti Maria di Rohan CD

Donizetti packshot
Price: £25.99 Buy Now

The world premiere recording of the new critical edition of Donizetti’s Maria di Rohan, conducted by Sir Mark Elder.

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The Night Shift at Reverb 2012

Thu 13 Oct 2011

We’re very excited to announce that The Night Shift will be returning to the Roundhouse in Camden as part of their 2012 Reverb festival on 24 February 2012.

 

After a sell-out performance at Reverb 2010, The Night Shift returns to the Roundhouse to open this year’s festival with one of our most ambitious projects to date. The 90 piece Orchestra conducted by one of the legends of the classical music world, Sir Mark Elder, will recreate the raw and revolutionary sounds of 19th century Paris in Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet. All in the radical and contemporary atmosphere of The Night Shift– classical music: minus the rules.

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Maria di Rohan pics

Fri 18 Dec 2009

Somewhat belated, (entirely my fault) but here are some pictures of the cast taking their bows at our performance of Maria di Rohan at the Royal Festival Hall last month. Thanks to Opera Rara for the pictures!

William, Marketing Director

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Haydn's Creation: reviews

Mon 14 Dec 2009

Our performance of Haydn’s Creation at the Royal Festival Hall last week was our last this year in London, and here’s what the reviewers made of it. What did you think?

Independent
Guardian
The Times
Financial Times
Classical Source
Whats on Stage

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New podcast: Sir Mark Elder talks about Maria di Rohan

Wed 4 Nov 2009

Our new podcast is just out and can be listened to below – and will be available on itunes shortly. It features singer Christopher Purves and conductor Sir Mark Elder talking about Donizetti’s Maria di Rohan and OAE Principal Oboe Anthony Robson talking abour Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius.

You can also download the podcast here.

Please note that the clip from Maria Di Rohan (supplied with thanks to Opera Rara) is not from the forthcoming recording but is with Nelly Miricioiu and the Philharmonia Orchestra.

We perform Maria di Rohan at the Royal Festival Hall on 7 November (tickets), and The Dream of Gerontius at the Royal Festival Hall on 24 November (tickets), withe further performances in Birmingham Town Hall on 28 and 29 November (tickets).

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Maria di Rohan recording

Tue 3 Nov 2009

On Friday evening I popped into Henry Wood Hall, where we are currently rehearsing and recording Donizetti’s Maria di Rohan with Opera Rara and Sir Mark Elder. Below are a few pics – not many people around as was taken during the break! What I was surprised about was how we go about recording a piece like this. I had assumed we would rehearse for several days and then record, but it doesn’t work like that – instead there is perhaps a day of rehearsal and then a rehearsal of each section followed by a recording of it. So the opera is built up over several days rather than being recorded in one go. It’s taking just over a week to record and rehearse, though the vocalists and choir have been rehearsing for some time previous to this. Should make for a fanatastic performance at the Royal Festival Hall on Saturday!

William Norris, Marketing Director

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