Dietrich Henschel and Steven Osborne, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, Star rating: * * * * *

LOST love, crumbling faith and existential despair: German baritone Dietrich Henschel’s EIF recital was a pretty dark affair.
But it was riveting from start to finish, his compelling and often highly theatrical interpretations partnered superbly by the subtle yet commanding playing of Edinburgh-born pianist Steven Osborne.Full review in The Scotsman. Picture at , last chance to hear the recital on Iplayer at


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“His prowess as an interpreter, by which I mean precisely his ability to get below the surface of a song and right into its soul, is extraordinary. And his ability to characterise a song through sheer acting as much as singing resulted yesterday, at his Queen’s Hall concert with pianist Steven Osborne, in a recital of consummate intelligence, fuelled by a voice where beauty of sound is almost a secondary consideration to penetrating and revealing the nuances and implications of a text.” Full 5 star review at

Harry Fehr directs the world première of Craig Armstrong’s The Lady from the Sea opening at the Edinburgh Festival on August 29.

A co-production between Scottish Opera and the Edinburgh Festival conducted by Derek Clark, the text of the new work based on Ibsen’s story is by Zoë Strachan. Further performances are scheduled for September 1 in Edinburgh and September 8 & 9 in Glasgow.

Robert Howarth will make his Norwegian opera début at Den Norske Opera on August 18. He conducts Haydn’s L’Isola Disabitata,   in a production by Hilde Andersen with performances between August 18 and September 4 followed by a revival from April 28 – May 10, 2013. Discover more about the production at

David Hill will conduct the première of Bob Chilcott’s The Angry Planet at the BBC Proms on  August 5. Commissioned by The Bach Choir, the performance will feature four choirs – The Bach Choir, The BBC Singers, the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and childrens’ choirs from several London boroughs. View a video about the piece at David Hill will discuss the work on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune programme on August 3 –