Fundraising for the victims devastated by the explosion in his native Beirut last year tenor Bechara Moufarrej joins the Bayerische Staatsoper Orchestra under Toufic Maatouk to perform Salam Li Beirut – To Beirut with Peace by Fadi Kassis. The contribution from Antonine University Choir was filmed in the ruins of Beirut’s Grand Theatre and the venture was made possible with support from Schulterschluss Initiative and the Bayerische Staatsoper.
News has reached me of the sad death of Ron Gonsalves at home in France on November 12.
When I started out over 30 years ago Ron was a genial and generous colleague, always very welcoming at performances and BACA (British Association of Concert Agents, the precursor to IAMA) meetings. I then joined Ron Gonsalves Management when he had to step back to recover from heart surgery and subsequently acquired his list of artists on his full retirement 1997.
Apart from his artists’ management activities Ron was pivotal in promoting The Songmaker’s Almanac series alongside Graham Johnson which did much to re-establish the Wigmore Hall as a pre-eminent recital venue. He invited Jonathan Miller to stage the St Matthew Passion which was ground-breaking at the time and had great success touring to Europe, the US as well as being recorded and filmed for BBC TV in 1994.
The youngest of fourteen children, a big presence and a man of not inconsiderable passions, Ron was a great character.
Early music specialist Robert Howarth directs the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in the final concert of their Autumn season. Celebrating with a programme of baroque seasonal works by Handel, JS Bach, Vivaldi and Corelli the concert also features soprano Anna Devin and violinist Alina Ibragimova. The event will be streamed on December 16 at 19:30 GMT and available for 30 days via https://bsolive.com/events/christmas-digital/.
Nicholas Kraemer conducts the English Chamber Orchestra and Voces 8 with Carolyn Sampson, Iestyn Davies, Andrew Staples and Matthew Brook at Cadogan Hall, London. With a reduced running time of 80 minutes the two performances on December 6 with a socially-distanced audience are sold out but a deferred ‘live’ stream of the event will be available for a month from December 11 on the Live from London platform.
The Vienna State Opera is offering a free stream of director Polly Graham’s 2019 production of Olga Neuwirth Orlando for 24 hours from at 19:00 (CET) on November 7. Drawn from the Virginia Woolf novel of the same name Orlando is conducted by Matthias Pintscher and the cast includes Kate Lindsey in the title role. https://play.wiener-staatsoper.at/
Tenor Samuel Boden sings the haute-contre role of Idamante in Campra Idomenée with Le Concert d’Astrée and Emmanuelle Haïm. The reduced version of the work, entitled Le Retour d’Idoménée, is derived from the original production concept by Àlex Ollé and is part of the L’Inattendu Festival that opens the season at Opéra de Lille on October 3.