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Prom 20: Berlioz – Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Albert Hall on 30th July 2016

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When Hector Berlioz got his first taste of Shakespeare in 1827, he not only fell for ‘the whole heaven of art’ in the Bard’s verse, he also fell madly in love with the actress Harriet Smithson. Shakespeare inspired a string of works from this most literary and dramatic of composers, including the ardent choral symphony Romeo and Juliet.

Programme

Berlioz Romeo and Juliet 95’ (sung in French)

Performers

Julie Boulianne mezzo-soprano

Jean-Paul Fouchécourt tenor

Laurent Naouri bass

Monteverdi Choir

National Youth Choir of Scotland

Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conductor

There will be no interval

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Prom 21: Aurora Orchestra – Wolfgang Rihm, Strauss and Mozart at the Royal Albert Hall on 31 July 2016

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It’s difficult to imagine how Mozart could have followed his final symphony, the ‘Jupiter’ – a work of such scale, majesty and intensity. Tom Service and Nicholas Collon unpick Mozart’s continuous stream of joy and invention, allowing us to get under the skin of this great work, which the Aurora Orchestra plays from memory. Before it, one of the world’s leading oboists, François Leleux, plays Strauss’s twisting, singing Oboe Concerto – itself preceded by Wolfgang Rihm’s Hunted Form, whose animal energy suggests a pursuit more physical than a search merely for musical structure.

Programme

Wolfgang Rihm Gejagte Form (revised version, 2002) 13’

R. Strauss Oboe Concerto 25’

interval

Mozart Symphony No. 41 in C major K551 ‘Jupiter’ 33’

Performers

Tom Service presenter

François Leleux oboe

Aurora Orchestra

Nicholas Collon conductor

For more information and book tickets, visit the Royal Albert Hall website here

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Lionel Richie at The O2 – 2nd, 3rd and 6th July 2016

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International superstar Lionel Richie  returns to the UK  performing at The O2 on 2nd, 3rd and 6th July 2016.

Performing ‘All The Hits’ from his extensive repertoire spanning decades, all the way from the Commodores to the present day. Lionel’s shows are world renowned for their party atmosphere and audiences will be able to join Lionel in singing along to classics such as ‘Hello’, ‘Easy’, ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’, ‘Say You Say Me’ and ‘All Night Long’.

His tour of the UK  last year was a sellout success which culminated in a acclaimed Glastonbury performance, Lionel has  sold over 100 million albums worldwide and many awards including  four GRAMMYs, a Golden Globe and an Oscar.

For more information, visit the O2 website here

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Kew the Music at Kew Gardens – 12th to 17th July 2016

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Kew the music is a series of outdoor picnic concerts held annually at the picturesque Kew Gardens. The 2016 line up includes Simply Red, Will Young with Billy Ocean, Bjorn Again, Jools Holland, The Corrs and Gipsy Kings.

The concerts are very popular and after a series of sell out shows in 2015, the festival of summer concerts in Kew Gardens returns for its seventh year.

Guests are welcome to bring their own food and drink, or to sample from the line-up of artisan bars and food stalls on site.

Concerts

Simply Red with special guest Ben Montague

12 July 2016, 6pm to 10.30pm

 

Will Young with special guest Billy Ocean

13 July 2016, 6pm to 10.30pm

 

Bjorn Again, with special guests Kid Creole & The Coconuts

14 July 2016, 6pm to 10.30pm

 

Jools Holland with special guests Jamie Lawson and Adam Double

15 July 2016, 6pm to 10.30pm

 

The Corrs with special guests Ten Millennia

16 July 2016, 6pm to 10.30pm

 

Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo

with special guest Canzionere Grecanico Salentino.

17 July 2016, 6pm to 10.30pm

For more information, visit the Kew the Music website here

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Greenwich Music Time at the Old Royal Naval College – 5th to 10th July 2016

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Greenwich Music time is a six day series of concerts, situated outdoors, in the magnificent surroundings of the Old Royal Naval College, over looking the Thames.

Now in it’s third year, Greenwich Music Time has seen headline artists like Tom Jones, Gipsy Kings, Goldfrapp and many more.

This year, taking place from the 5th – 10th of July, concerts include 2CELLOS, Seal, Joe Bonamassa, 10cc, David Gray and Jamie Cullum.

Dates

2CELLOS – 5th July 2016

Seal – 6th July 2016

Joe Bonamassa – 7th July 2016

David Gray – 8th July 2016

10CC – 9th July 2016

Jamie Cullum -10th July 2016

For more information, visit the Greenwich Music Time website here

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The Anniversary Games at the Stadium in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – 22nd and 23rd July 2016

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The Anniversary Games consists of the prestigious IAAF Diamond League and IPC Grand Prix Final and will take place at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 22-23 July. Since first being held in 2013, some of the world’s greatest athletes have competed in the event at the former Olympic Stadium.

It is considered one of the best athletics meetings in the world, and the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt will set be competing on Friday 22nd July.

The Stadium will play host to the prestigious IAAF Diamond League meet on 22-23 July, the IPC Grand Prix Final will also be incorporated into Saturday’s programme.

Many of the world’s best athletes and paralympic stars will be competing before they head to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Provisional Event Timings:

Friday 22nd July 2016:

Doors Open: 17:00

First Event: 20:00

Final Event: 22:00

Saturday 23rd July 2016:

Doors Open: 11:00

First Event: 12:00

Final Event: 17:00

For more information and tickets, visit the British Athletics website here

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Il trovatore at the Royal Opera House – 2nd to 17th July 2016

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Acclaimed conductor Gianandrea Noseda conducts two casts including such singers as Lianna Haroutounian and Christopher Maltman in David Bösch’s new production of Verdi’s opera.

Verdi was in a purple patch of creativity when he wrote Il trovatore after the success Rigoletto and just before the premiere of La traviata. Il trovatore is based on Antonio García Gutiérrez’s play El trovador (1836) and librettist Salvatore Cammarano and Verdi produced a work of great drama and energy.

Il trovatore is probably best known for its ‘gypsy’ music – the Anvil Chorus, Azucena’s ‘Stride la vampa’ and Manrico’s heroic ‘Di quella pira’ are examples. Verdi provided wonderful music for all four of his leads, with the ‘aristocratic’ ‘Il balen del suo sorriso’ for the Count, and Leonora’s prayer ‘D’amor sull’ali rosee’ among a host of thrilling ensembles and chorus numbers. German director David Bösch, celebrated for his theatrical productions for Munich and Frankfurt makes his UK debut with this new production for The Royal Opera.

The story centres around Count di Luna who loves Leonora, but she loves Manrico, the Count’s military enemy. Manrico’s mother Azucena tells him how her mother was burnt to death for supposed witchcraft against the Count’s baby brother. Azucena intended to throw the baby onto the fire – but blinded by revenge she lost her own child to the flames.

The Count captures Manrico and Azucena. Leonora promises herself to him if he will give them their freedom, but secretly takes poison. Leonora dies in Manrico’s arms. The Count has Manrico executed. Azucena reveals that her mother is finally avenged: the Count has murdered his own brother.

Running times

The performance lasts around 2 hours 55 minutes, including one interval.

Language

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

For information or buy tickets, visit the Royal Opera House website here

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Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance at the Royal Opera House – 17th July 2016

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The annual showcase on the main stage, featuring all the Young Artists and accompanied by full orchestra in the pit.

The Jette Parker Young Artists Programme is one of the Royal Opera House’s most prestigious schemes that brings together talented singers, conductors and directors from around the world and gives them valuable experience at the start of their careers. The Summer Performance provides an opportunity to see some of the stars of tomorrow on the Royal Opera House’s main stage.

This year’s programme includes staged extracts from Janáček’s Káta Kabanová, Gounod’s Mireille, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Leoncavallo’s La bohème and Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus.

Janáček: Kát’a Kabanová, Act II, scene 2

Conductor: Paul Wynne Griffiths

Katěrina (Kát’a): Vlada Borovko

Varvara: Emily Edmonds

Boris Grigorjevic: Samuel Sakker

Vána Kudrjáš: David Junghoon Kim

Gounod: Mireille, Act IV aria

Conductor: Paul Wingfield

Mireille: Lauren Fagan

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin, Act III, scenes 1 and 2 (excerpts)

Conductor: Jonathan Santagada

Tatyana: Jennifer Davis

Eugene Onegin: Yuriy Yurchuk

Prince Gremin: James Platt

Guests: Vlada Borovko, Lauren Fagan, Emily Edmonds, David Junghoon Kim, Samuel Sakker, Samuel Dale Johnson and David Shipley

Interval

Leoncavallo: La bohème, Act IV

Conductor: Paul Wynne Griffiths

Mimì: Lauren Fagan

Musetta: Emily Edmonds

Marcello: Samuel Sakker

Rodolfo: Samuel Dale Johnson

Schaunard: David Shipley

Strauss: Die Fledermaus, Act II finale (excerpt)

Conductor: Paul Wynne Griffiths

Rosalinde: Vlada Borovko

Adele: Jennifer Davis

Ida: Lauren Fagan

Prince Orlofsky: Emily Edmonds

Gabriel Eisenstein: Samuel Dale Johnson

Dr Falke: Yuriy Yurchuk

Colonel Frank: James Platt

Guests: David Junghoon Kim, Samuel Sakker and David Shipley

For information or buy tickets, visit the Royal Opera House website here

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Swan Lake at the Royal Opera House – 29th July to 10th August 2016

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It is a rare opportunity to see The Bolshoi’s famous adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s glorious ballet, with choreography by Yuri Grigorovich after Petipa and Ivanov

The Bolshoi’s ground breaking production of Swan Lake is a masterpiece of lyricism, drama and magic. It was created by Yuri Grigorovich, former director of the Bolshoi and an esteemed choreographer in his own right, after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov’s celebrated 1895 production. Set to Tchaikovsky’s magical score, this timeless favourite embodies all the elements that have made Swan Lake, one of the world’s best loved ballets, as the forces of evil attempt to thwart the love between the swan-princess Odette and her Prince Siegfried.

Running times

The production lasts around 2 hours 30 minutes, including one interval.

For information or buy tickets, visit the Royal Opera House website here

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Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company : Patrias at Sadler’s Wells – 12th to 16th July 2016

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Patrias brings the legendary flamenco guitarist Paco Peña back to Sadler’s Wells, the production explores through music and song the emotional, physical and cultural impact of the Spanish Civil War on his country’s history. This piece is inspired by the life and music of one its most famous casualties: poet, artist, playwright and musician Federico Garcia Lorca.

The Spanish word ‘patria’ means: motherland, your people, your culture, it evokes pride in being who you are and where you are from. In Patrias, Peña and his host of virtuoso musicians and dancers take the audience on a poignant journey through the experiences of the Spanish people during the three-year conflict.

If you would like further information or buy tickets, visit the Sadler’s Wells website here

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