Thursday, 23 April 2015

Picking over the Proms programme

It seems like summer might not be a million miles away. Warmth, sunshine, ice-creams on sale in the park, and a glass of wine in the garden before supper. But the real give-away is the launch of the BBC Proms.
There are of course many good things on which to feast in the line-up, but it seems for opera fans that, interim anyway, nothing approaching the 2013 Wagner feast (as a reminder: Barenboim Ring, as well as a Bychkov Tristan and Runnicles Tannhäuser, not to mention Billy Budd  from Glyndebourne).
I have no problem with the Sherlock Holmes, Ibiza clubbing, etc stuff, if there is sufficient weighty stuff. 
For those looking for opera(tic) performances:
#01 17/7 Belshazzar’s feast with Maltman
#11 25/7 Fiddler on the roof –with Terfel bound to be popular
#25 4/8 Monteverdi, Orfeo – John Eliot Gardiner
#39 14/8 Serail ex. Glyndebourne
#65 3/9 Alice Coote sings Handel – English Concert/ Bicket
#69 6/9 Orff Carmina burana
#75 Elgar Gerontius cond. Rattle
#76 (Last night) features Kaufmann and de Niese.

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