Our photographer will be covering all concerts at the 2013 season of BBC Proms. Contact us in advance for specific Proms and visit www.lebrecht.co.uk for photographs of musicians and conductors. Please see attached some sample images of this year’s key performers.
Heikki Tuuli, our opera photographer based in Finland, has sent us an extensive selection of the Finnish National Opera’s productions celebrating the bicentenaries of opera composers Richard Wagner (22 May 1813) and Giuseppe Verdi (10 October 1813). These dramatic photos include Verdi’s operas Rigoletto, Aida, Don Carlos, Un Ballo in Maschera, Otello, La Traviata. Wagner’s operas in the Finnish National Opera’s repertoire include Siegfried, Die Walküre, Götterdämmerung, Das Rheingold, Parsifal.
Benjamin Britten’s hundredth anniversary on 22 November is represented by photographs of his opera Albert Herring.
In addition, Heikki Tuuli has photographed some of the great works from Finnish composers – Einojuhani Rautavaara’s opera Aleksis Kivi, Kaija Saariaho’s opera Adriana Mater, Aarre Merikanto’s opera Juha.
Other operas from the Finnish National Opera’s repertoire include Bizet’s Carmen, Charles Gounod’s opera Faust, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni, and also Le nozze di Figaro; George Frideric Handel’s opera Giulio Cesare; Gioachino Rossini’s opera La Cenerentola; Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Fanciulla del West, and also Puccini’s Il tabarro, and his operas Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica, and La bohème.
Lebrecht Music & Arts will be giving away a signed copy of Musical Portraits: Photographs and Reflections by Jan Persson to one lucky winner at Fotofringe London on 24th April 2013.
The book celebrates Jan Persson’s unique and high quality jazz and rock photographs from American jazz greats Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis to rock icons Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix. The photographer tells the stories behind the pictures that captured the music of the young rebellion of the 1960s which included both jazz and beat music. Images from the book can be licensed for reproduction through Lebrecht Music & Arts. Visit us at table number 13 in the Battlebridge Room and enter the draw.
Pulitzer Prize Winners announced 15 April 2013
American writer Tom Reiss was awarded the prize for Biography for his book The Black Count on the life of Generale Alexandre Dumas, French-Caribbean military hero and father of novelist Alexandre Dumas père.
Adam Johnson was awarded the prize for Fiction for his North Korean-set novel The Orphan Master’s Son.
Photographs by Miriam Berkley (from National Book Critics Circles Readings and Awards, February 2013)
Maria Tallchief, a daughter of an Oklahoma oil family who grew up on an Indian reservation of the Osage Nation, found her way to New York and became one of the most brilliant American ballerinas of the 20th century, died on 11 April 2013 in Chicago. She was 88. She was the first American Indian to become premiere danseuse étoile in the Paris Opera, France.
Outstanding photos from Maurice Seymour, renowned American photographer of American ballets stars from the 1930s to the 1960s
Sir Colin’s role in British musical life was immense. He became principal conductor of the LSO (London Symphony Orchestra) in 1995 and was its longest serving prinicpal conductor. Alongside his commitment to the LSO, he forged special relationships with the Royal Opera House, the BBCSO (BBC Symphony Orchestra), and the English Chamber Orchestra, as well as mentoring many young performers and conductors at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School.
Lebrecht Music & Arts has photographs of all the different stages in Sir Colin Davis’ career in London, Paris and St Petersburg and the BBC Proms.
Le Sacre du Printemps or Rite of Spring celebrates the 100th performance anniversary of its riotous debut on 29th May 1913 in the Theatre des Champs-Elysées, Paris. The ballet was commissioned by Sergei Diahgilev for his Ballets Russes. Music was composed by Igor Stravinsky, choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky and stage designs and costumes by Nicholas Roerich.
The avant-garde nature of the music and choreography, with their acknowledgement of primitive sources in the movement and music, caused a near-riot in the audience. Although Lebrecht Music & Arts has over 150 images about the Rite of Spring there are no photographs of the audience’s reaction. What we do have is coverage of dancers from the early performances, the stage sets and costumes. To get a flavour of the time we also have a critique from an English journal in July 1913 with the headline ‘Nijinsky ‘s revolution in choreography: the post-impressionistic & prehistoric dance….’ The New York Times’ headline in June 1913 reported ‘Parisians hiss new ballet’. And our resident artist Neale Osborne has created a drawing of how he imagined the enraged Paris audience responded.
The music and choreography of Le Sacre du Printemps has inspired future generation . Click on the image for photographs of the Kirov ballet, Pina Bausch, the Royal Ballet with Tamara Rojo, Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre, Scala theatre costumes designs from 1972 and much more. It has also been performed in concert. Search our website for photos of the likes of conductors such as the young Pierre Boulez, Charles Dutoit and Simon Rattle – all grappling with this revolutionary composition.
The club audience roared with delight as Valentina Lisitsa and Milos appeared at a Yellow Lounge event at the Fabric club in the city of London last night 8 April 2013.
Instead of the usual formal concert with performers in concert dress and a generally precious atmosphere the audience at Yellow Lounge were standing and talking with drinks in hand in the darkened space of the Fabric club while the performers joked with them. Valentina Lisitsa delighted the audience by photographing them with her Blackberry and then immediately posting the photo on Twitter before sitting down and ripping through a Rachmaninov score with tremendous elan and insight.
Yellow Lounge was established seven years ago in the Berlin club scene. Its aim was to tear up the classical music rule book and and stitich it back together again fusing international musicians with cutting-edge DJ and VJ sets in urban spaces.
Will this be the new face of classical music performances? Who knows – but the good news is that audience was thirty years younger than theusual crowd you find at a classical music event.