Polly Graham director c. Jorge LizaldeDirector Polly Graham’s production of Frank Martin Le Vin Herbé will be available to view free of charge on The Opera Platform from 19:00 CET (18:00 BST) on April 28. The spare yet compelling take on the Tristan and Iseult tale for Welsh National Opera has won critical acclaim: “a staging that held one captive and captivated throughout” Opera;  “Polly Graham’s stark but brilliant new staging of the work” 5* The Guardian. Graham is nominated for an International Opera Award with the winners to be announced on May 7.

Food for musical thought

April 13, 2017

Just spotted in the Monterey Herald:

Here is food for musical thought attributed to Karl Paulnack, director of the Boston University music division. This message was posted for the university’s music majors:

“If we were in a medical school, as a medical student, you’d take your work very seriously because you would imagine that some night at 2 a.m. someone is going to waltz into your ER and you are going to have to save their life. Well, my friends, someday at 8 p.m. someone is going to waltz into your concert hall and bring you a mind that is confused, a heart that is overwhelmed and a soul that is weary. Whether they go out whole again will depend on how well you do your craft.”

He Wu - sopranoSoprano He Wu will jump in for performances of Beethoven Symphony No 9 with the Wiener Symphoniker under Philippe Jordan on April 2 – Shanghai Oriental Art Centre and April 4 – Nanjing Poly Theater.

Polly Graham director c. Jorge LizaldeApril’s Opera magazine cover feature adds to the glowing reviews for director Polly Graham’s production of Le Vin herbé.  “Polly Graham’s stark but brilliant new staging of the work” 5* The Guardian, 5* The Independent. 4* The Telegraph. See the trailer and performance details here.

Director Polly Grahfinalist-logo-2017am has been nominated in the Newcomer category of the 2017 International Opera Awards. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on May 7 at The London Coliseum. Polly Graham’s production of Frank Martin Le Vin Herbé for Welsh National Opera opens at the Wales Millennium Centre on February 16.

Simon Bejer, designer hi resDesigner Simon Bejer will provide sets and costumes for Krešimir Dolenčić’s staging of The Love for Three Oranges in Zagreb. The production opens at the Croatian National Theatre on February 17 with further performances on February 21, 23, 25 and 28. More about the production.

Polly Graham director c. Jorge LizaldeDirector Polly Graham makes her main stage Welsh National Opera début with a rare production of Frank Martin Le Vin Herbé . Opening at the Wales Millenium Centre, Cardiff on February 16 there are further performances on March 21 – Milton Keynes; March 28 – Bristol; April 4 – Llandudno; April 18 – Plymouth and April 25 – Southampton. More about the production

Samuel Boden
Photo: Marco Borggreve

Tenor Samuel Boden will create a role in George Benjamin and Martin Crimp’s next opera, Lessons in Love and Violence at The Royal Opera House Covent Garden. The World Premiere takes place in May 2018 in a production by Katie Mitchell, conducted by the composer. More about the new work.

Polly Graham director c. Jorge LizaldeDirector Polly Graham is featured as one of The Guardian’s Top 20 Talents set to take 2017 by storm in Unmissable Culture 2017. Her production of Frank Martin Le Vin Herbé marks her main stage début for Welsh National Opera and opens in Cardiff on February 16.

Season’s Greetings

December 13, 2016

Enjoy something seasonal with Nicholas Kraemer and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Choir.