Handel Israel in Egypt
William Christie conductor
Christopher Lowrey counter-tenor
Ashley Riches bass
Dingle Yandell baritone
Callum Thorpe bass
Anna Devin soprano
Rowan Pierce soprano
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment
Our first trip to the Proms in 2017 is filled with frogs, locusts, hailstones and rivers of blood, as we perform Israel in Egypt, one of Handel’s most extravagantly dramatic oratorios. Placing the chorus in the spotlight, Handel uses the collective voices to tell the story of an entire people, demanding greater virtuosity than ever before in some thrilling choral writing.
William Christie conducts in the launch of a series of Handel oratorios to be performed over the coming seasons at the Proms.
It is with great, great pleasure that we can announce that our friend and expert in French Baroque, William Christie, will be officially joining us in the role of Emeritus Conductor.Read More
With the first month of 2014 nearly behind us, we look back at some of our concert highlights from 2013…Read More
We opened our 2013-2014 Southbank Centre season with conductor William Christie and soprano Sandrine Piau (pictured) back on 30 September. Here’s what you and the papers had to say…Read More
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:Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
The 3 June saw us perform an all Handel programme in the final concert of our 2012-2013 Season – Queens, Heroines and Ladykillers: A Tribute to Lorraine Hunt Lieberson.Read More
Mezzo-soprano Stéphanie d’Oustrac joins us on 3 June for Queens, Heroines and Ladykillers: A Tribute to Lorraine Hunt Lieberson. Here she goes up against the clock in our speed interview…Read More
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson was born in San Francisco, on 1 March 1954. She grew up in a very musical household, with both her parents being music teachers and heavily involved in opera.Read More
Our 2013-2014 Southbank Centre season is now on public sale.
It all starts off on 30 September when baroque legend William Christie returns to us to conduct a programme of orchestral overtures and arias by Rameau as well as music from England’s favourite adopted composer, George Frideric Handel. This opening concert not only starts our season but also our eight-event series Gamechangers, featuring works and composers that were pivotal in shaping musical history and performers who are gamechangers in the musical scene today.
The season continues through until June 2014 with artists appearing including Semyon Bychkov, Principal Artist Sir Mark Elder, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Robert Levin and Sir Simon Rattle.
Also during the year, our The Works series continues as well as OAE TOTS concerts for music-lovers aged 6 and under. And, new for 2013, we have a Family Concert celebrating Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals. Our late-night popular series, The Night Shift will also continue, with performances being announced later.
Details of all performances are now online on our site, or you can alternatively browse the online concert diary below.
Concerts can be booked through Southbank Centre online or on 0844 847 9922.Read More
William Christie conductor
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Cast: Lorraine Hunt, David Daniels, Dawn Upshaw, Richard Croft
Our 2012-2013 Southbank Centre season is now on public sale. It all starts off on 30 September when Emeritus Conductor Sir Roger Norrington returns to us to conduct a programme of Haydn, Cherubini, Gluck, Berlioz and Bizet that not only starts our season but also our 5-event series celebrating strong female roles in opera, Queens, Heroines and Ladykillers. The season continues through until June 2013 with artists appearing including Sarah Connolly, Sir Simon Rattle, András Schiff, Marin Alsop and William Christie. Also during the year our new The Works series continues and we greatly expand our OAE TOTS series of events for those aged 6 and under, with 6 events thoughout the year. The Night Shift will also continue, with performances being announced later.
Details of all performances are now online on our site, or you can alternatively browse the ‘virtual’ concert diary below.
Concerts can be booked through Southbank Centre online or on 0844 847 9922Read More
As you may have read in a previous post, this Monday we launched our 2012-2013 Southbank Centre season to the press at the Royal Festival Hall. So it’s now time to give you some highlights and tell you what’s in store. Public booking for the season opens on 14 Feb, but you can book NOW if you join the Friends of the OAE. Alternatively members of our Priority Mailing List can book from next Wednesday. All the concerts will be added to our website shortly.
Queens Heroines and Ladykillers: A 5-event series celebrating strong female characters in opera. Including:
30 September 2012 Sir Roger Norrington is joined by Anna Caterina Antonacci to sing works by Cherubini, Gluck and Berlioz.
8 November 2012 Sarah Connolly sings Purcell, Rameau and Charpentier.
3 June 2013 A Tribute to Lorraine Hunt Lieberson – William Christie directs an all-Handel concert.
By Jupiter, that’s the last of Mozart!
29 January 2013 – Sir Simon Rattle conducts Mozart’s last 3 symphonies.
8 February 2013 A brand new collaboration with choreographer Henri Oguike with a world premiere of a dance dance work set to Vivaldi’s seminal Four Seasons, with OAE leader Kati Debretzeni as soloist.
25 February 2013 Legendary pianist András Schiff makes his OAE debut with Mozart’s Piano Concertos Nos 9 & 24
The Works, our new concert series giving you a guided tour of selected pieces continues.
OAE Tots returns with 6 events throughout the year for the youngest of music lovers.
And of course our late-night Night Shift series also continues.