Sep 28

Shimon Peres, one of the last founding fathers of Israel, has passed away

Shimon Peres

Shimon Peres, one of the last founding fathers of Israel, has passed away. As a young man he was active in the socialist kibbutz movement and later in life was an advocate for a peace agreement between Israel and the surrounding countries. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 jointly with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat for ‘their efforts to create peace in the Middle East’.

He was the ninth President of Israel from 2007 to 2014. Peres served twice as the Prime Minister of Israel and twice as Interim Prime Minister, and he was a member of 12 cabinets in a political career spanning over 66 years.

Peres was elected to the Knesset in November 1959 and, except for a three-month-long hiatus in early 2006, served continuously until 2007, when he became President.

2 August 1923 – 28 September 2016

Photos by Lebrecht photographer Kobi Kalmanotvitz

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Sep 19

American Playwright Edward Albee has died aged 88

Edward AlbeeEdward Albee in a rehearsal room of the National Theatre, London © John Haynes


Albee’s most famous play was Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf (1962), a study of marital disharmony that delved below the surface of middle-class life. It was famously produced as a film with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor (1966). Lebrecht Authors carries photos of Edward Albee at the time of the performance of this major play.

12 March 1928 – 16 September 2016

Click here for more portraits of Albee and scenes from his plays.

Edward Albee - portrait - American dramatist and playwrightPortrait © Horst Tappe


Albee, Edward 1966 Albee in 1966 © Fred Stein



Sep 15

Norma at Royal Opera House covent Garden – Images from Lebrecht Music & Arts

New production of Bellini’s opera Norma with very dramatic visual scenes opens at ROH, Covent Garden 12th September 2016.  The director, Àlex Ollé of La Fura dels Baus, reimagines Bellini’s tragedy of love and betrayal across enemy lines in Roman-occupied Gaul as an examination of the relationship between desire and fundamentalism. Conducted by Antonio Pappano.

Photos by Neil Libbert
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Sep 09

Colourised Dickens Illustrations – New Collection at Lebrecht Music & Arts

Dickens2Clockwise from left: Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim in ‘A Christmas Carol’, illustration by Fred Barnard. Ham swims out to sea in the storm to rescue the Portuguese sailors in ‘David Copperfield’, illustration by Fred Barnard. Geoffrey Haredale kills Sir John in ‘Barnaby Rudge’, illusration by Hablot Knight Browne.


Lebrecht Author Pictures have added a new collection of colourised illustrations to the works of Charles Dickens, 180 years after his rise to fame with the serialised publication of The Pickwick Papers. These illustrations span the whole range of his work, from well-loved and much-adapted novels such as Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol, to his earlier sketches, stories, non-fiction and travel writing.


Sep 08

South African Tenor Johan Botha has died aged 51

Wagner's  Parsifal at the Salzburg Easter Festival 2013Johan Botha in the title role of Wagner’s Parsifal at the Salzburg Easter Festival, 2013. Michaela Schuster as Kundry and Stephan Millings as Gurnemanz. © Marion Kalter


South African tenor Johan Botha died this morning of cancer at the age of 51.

19 August 1965 – 8 September 2016

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Sep 02

Unique Composer Collages at Lebrecht for Dvorak’s 175th Birthday


In order to celebrate the 175 birth anniversary of famous Czech composer Antonin Dvorak on 8th September, Lebrecht Music & Arts have created special collages. Clients can use these bespoke images as book, magazine or programme covers. The images used all relate to important events in Dvorak’s life.

These artworks join the 55+ unique composer collages that we have already created in previous years for important composer anniversaries such as Rachmaninov, Schumann, Mahler, Ravel, Debussy, Vaughan Williams and many more.

Do contact us for special anniversary compilations of famous composers that we may not yet have created.


Sep 02

Great Fire of London – 350 Years Ago Today

FireLondonClockwise from left: Great Fire of London, 17th century Dutch oil painting (artist unknown). Old St Paul’s cathedral burning in the fire, engraving by Wenceslaus Hollar with the inscription ‘Etiam periere ruinae’ – even the ruins have perished. People escaping into boats on the Thames, illustration after 1898 mural in the Royal Exchange by Stanhope Alexander Forbes.


On 2 September 1666, the Great Fire of London swept through the city and raged for another three days before it was extinguished. Starting in a bakery on Pudding Lane, it is estimated the fire consumed the homes of 70,000 of London’s 80,000 inhabitants, as well as St Paul’s Cathedral and most of the city’s administrative buildings.