Jun 22

Verdi’s Otello opened yesterday at the Royal Opera House

Jonas Kaufmann as Otello

Verdi’s Otello opened yesterday at the Royal Opera House

Antonio Pappano conducts a new production of Verdi’s thrilling Shakespeare-inspired opera directed by Keith Warner, starring Jonas Kaufmann and Gregory Kunde.

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Jonas Kaufmann as Otello


Jun 13

Taj Express opens tonight at the Peacock Theatre

Taj Express

Taj Express opens tonight at the Peacock Theatre, Sadlers Wells.

A Bollywood story inspired by Indian cinema and choreographed by Vaibhavi and Shruti Merchant, Taj Express showcases a fusion of classical Indian and contemporary dance, with music from Academy Award-winning composer A R Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire), and acclaimed Bollywood composers, Salim and Sulaiman Merchant and Monty Sharma.

Running 13 June – 2 July

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Taj Express


May 12

English contralto Norma Procter has died aged 89

 Norma Proctor , English contralto

English contralto Norma Procter has died aged 89

She was known especially for her oratorio and recital work, particularly for her recordings of Mahler.

Her opera debut was in 1961 in Gluck’s Orfeo at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and she performed the role of Lucretia in The Rape of Lucretia at Aldeburgh in 1958.

15 February 1928 – 2 May 2017

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Norma Proctor , English contralto




May 05

British cellist Keith Harvey has passed away

Keith Harvey

Harvey was a founding member of the Gabrieli Quartet and was also principal cellist with the London Philharmonic and the English Chamber Orchestra. Having studied at the Royal Academy of Music, he was the youngest graduate to go straight from the Academy into a principal seat in a London orchestra.

The Gabrielis were an adventurous ensemble who gave world premieres of works by Britten, Panufknik, McCabe and many others.

1938 – 2017

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The Gabreli Quartet playing at Bath in 1984



May 05

May Anniversaries in Music & the Performing Arts

May is a blockbuster month for anniversaries – look out for actors and actresses of Hollywood’s golden age, plus composers Claudio Monteverdi, Lou Harrison, and Arthur Sullivan.

MayMusicClockwise from left: Marlene Dietrich © rue-des-archives. Arthur Sullivan, caricature by Linley Sambourne. Stephanie Marshall as Proserpina in Orfeo, opera by Claudio Monteverdi, 2006 English National Opera production © Tristram Kenton.


6 May – 25th death anniversary of actress Marlene Dietrich

7 May – 75th death anniversary of Austrian conductor Felix Weingartner

9 May – 450th birth anniversary of Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi

10 May – 40th death anniversary of actress Joan Crawford

11 May – 200th birth anniversary of ballerina Fanny Cerrito

13 May – 175th birth anniversary of Arthur Sullivan, English composer of comic operettas

14 May – 30th death anniversary of actress Rita Hayworth

14 May – 100th birth anniversary of American composer Lou Harrison

22 May – 45th death anniversary of actress Margaret Rutherford

29 May – 75th death anniversary of John Barrymore, actor

30 May – 50th death anniversary of actor Claude Rains


May 03

May Literary Anniversaries

This month sees significant anniversaries for the field of ethnography, as well as the 50th death anniversary of American poet Langston Hughes and 300 years since the imprisonment of Voltaire.

May LitClockwise from left: Voltaire, 1718 painting by Nicolas de Largilliere © Leemage. Langston Hughes in Harlem, 1966 © Niel Libbert. Jean Rouch, Venice Film Festival 1984 © Marcello Mencarini.


2 May – 160th death anniversary of Alfred de Musset, French writer

3 May – 80th anniversary of Margaret Mitchell winning the Pullitzer Prize for Gone With the Wind

16 May – 75th death anniversary of Bronislaw Malinowski, Polish anthropologist

16 May – 300th anniversary of the imprisonment of François-Marie Arouet, known as Voltaire

22 May – 50th death anniversary of Langston Hughes, American poet

31 May – 100th birth anniversary of film director and ethnographer Jean Rouch


May 03

UK premiere of The Exterminating Angel at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

The Exterminating AngelChristine Rice as Blanca Delgado, Anne Sofie Von Otter as Leonora Palma and Audrey Luna as Leticia Maynar © Tristram Kenton


Thomas Adès conducts a huge ensemble cast of world-class singers in the UK premiere of his latest opera, inspired by Luis Buñuel’s iconic film.

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Photographs © Neil Libbert and Tristram Kenton

Running until 8 May

The Exterminating AngelJohn Tomlinson as Doctor Carlos Conde © Niel Libbert

The Exterminating AngelThomas Adès takes a curtain call at the end of the premiere © Niel Libbert


The Exterminating AngelAnne Sofie Von Otter as Leonora Palma © Tristram Kenton

The Exterminating AngelSally Matthews as Silvia de Avila and Iestyn Davies as Francisco de Avila © Tristram Kenton



May 02

Pierre Boulez – Images Exposed. Marion Kalter exhibition in Vienna

Pierre Boulez and members of Ensemble IntercontemporainPierre Boulez and members of Ensemble Intercontemporain (Maryvonne Le Dizes, Garth Knox) at rehearsal in Paris, 1987


Work documenting the life of Pierre Boulez by Lebrecht photographer Marion Kalter will be the subject of an exhibition at the Wiener Konzerthaus. The Austrian photographer, now living in Paris, photographed Boulez over 30 years. The photographs will be on display at the concert hall from 8 May – 23 June 2017.

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May 02

May Historical Anniversaries

This is a royal month for the anniversaries of kings, queens and statesmen. Look out in particular for anniversaries for the British royal family and the 100th birth anniversary of JFK.

MayHistoryClockwise from left: Mary of Teck, Queen Consort, wife of King George V. Josip Broz Tito with Leonid Brezhnev, 23 September 1971 © Sputnik. President John F Kennedy and his wife Jackie Kennedy arriving at Dallas airport on the day of his assassination, 22 November 1963 © rue-des-archives


2 May – 125th birth anniversary of Manfred, Baron von Richthofen, aka the Red Baron

7 May – 125th birth anniversary of Josip Broz Tito, Yugoslav revolutionary and statesman

12 May – 80th anniversary of the coronation of King George VI

14 May – 100th death anniversary of King Frederick VIII of Denmark

26 May – 150th birth anniversary of Queen Mary of Teck, wife of George V

28 May – 80th anniversary of Neville Chamberlain becoming prime minister

28 May – 45th death anniversary of Edward VIII, then Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor, husband of Wallis Simpson

29 May – 100th birth anniversary of John F Kennedy, 35th US President


Apr 28

Fin de Siècle Vienna: Art, Culture, History

WienClockwise from left: Cleo Darmora, dancer, 1921. Judith I by Gustav Klimt, 1901. Children watching a puppet show in the Prater amusement park, 1910. Images © Imagno


The bustling capital of the Habsburg Empire, pre-war Vienna was a vibrant and diverse cultural centre, a unique environment of intellectual creativity and artistic experimentation. With it’s famous coffeehouses and taverns, ballrooms and concert halls, Vienna attracted immigration from accross Austria-Hungary and beyond, a cultural melting pot that would give birth to many of the most significant movements of early modernity.

Lebrecht Music & Arts has recently taken on Imagno’s vast collection of images from this fascinating period, offering comprehensive coverage of Vienna’s most prominent cultural figures: the artists of the Secession and the creators of Jugendstil, musical innovators such as Mahler and Schoenberg, founding father of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud, writers such as Hofmannsthal, Schnitzler and Zweig… Alongside Vienna’s most famous faces, dirndl-clad girls stroll through the Prater, street vendors sell everything from sponges to horoscopes, and the wine gardens and cafes are filled with dancers and rising opera stars.

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