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 Recording of the Week, Massenet's Cendrillon from Glyndebourne

by Katherine Cooper

Danielle de Niese and Kate Lindsey bring real psychological depth to Cinderella and Prince Charming's relationship in Fiona Shaw's astute and sparkling production, with John Wilson supplying fairy-dust aplenty from the pit.

 Recording of the Week, Samuel Barber's Vanessa from Glyndebourne

by Katherine Cooper

The Pulitzer-winning 1958 opera receives a vividly cinematic staging from Keith Warner in its first outing on DVD and Blu-ray, filmed at the Sussex festival last summer.

 Interview, Mark Williams on The Pillar of the Cloud

by David Smith

Director of Music Mark Williams talks to David about his new album with the choir of Magdalen College, Oxford, surveying music from the past five centuries connected to the city.

 Interview, Sir George Benjamin on Lessons in Love and Violence

by Katherine Cooper

The composer talks to Katherine about the genesis of his third opera, which premiered at Covent Garden last May and was released on DVD and Blu-ray at the end of December.

 Recording of the Week, George Benjamin's Lessons in Love and Violence

by Katherine Cooper

The British composer's third opera, based on the downfall of Edward II and starring French baritone Stéphane Degout as the conflicted monarch, has a compact, claustrophobic beauty.

 Interview, Allan Clayton on Brett Dean's Hamlet

by Katherine Cooper

Following on from our interview with the composer earlier this week, Katherine talks to the English tenor about bringing this new incarnation of Shakespeare's 'sweet prince' to life.

 Interview, Brett Dean on Hamlet

by Katherine Cooper

The Australian composer talks to Katherine about the genesis of his acclaimed 2017 Shakespearean opera, filmed at Glyndebourne last summer and now available on DVD and Blu-ray from Opus Arte.

 Interview, Kasper Holten on Das Liebesverbot

by Katherine Cooper

With his new production of Die Meistersinger opening at Covent Garden tonight, Katherine talks to the director about his recent staging of Wagner's neglected early comic opera.

 Recording of the Week, Britten's The Rape of Lucretia and Donizetti's Poliuto from Glyndebourne

by Katherine Cooper

Katherine enjoys a double-bill of innovative Roman-themed operatic productions from Glyndebourne 2015.

 Interview, Christopher Purves on Glyndebourne's Saul

by Katherine Cooper

Katherine talks to the bass-baritone about singing the title-role in Barrie Kosky's staging of Handel's oratorio.

 Interview, Saimir Pirgu

by Katherine Cooper

As he prepares to sing La traviata at Covent Garden this evening, Katherine talks to the Albanian tenor about his new operatic recital-disc on Opus Arte.

 Interview, Kasper Holten on Don Giovanni

by Katherine Cooper

Katherine talks to the director of the Royal Opera House about his recent production of Mozart's darkest opera, out now on DVD and Blu-ray and due for revival in the spring.

 Recording of the Week, New DVDs from Glyndebourne

by Chris O'Reilly

South African baritone Jacques Imbrailo is endearing and compelling in the title-role of Billy Budd (directed by Michael Grandage), whilst Gerald Finley is an elegantly rakish Don Giovanni in Jonathan Kent’s 1950s staging.