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Paul Riley picks the month’s best concert and opera highlights in the UK


LONDON Il Pomo d’oro

Milton Court Theatre, 1 June

Tel: +44 (0)20 7638 8891


Having accompanie­d Handel’s Agrippina (staring Joyce Didonato as the eponymous Empress) the previous evening, Il Pomo d’oro swaps the Barbican stage for nearby Milton Court. In its more intimate surroundin­gs, and with Handel and Corelli looking on, Edgar Moreau is the soloist in cello concertos by Boccherini, Tartini and Piatti.

Pierre-laurent Aimard

Queen Elizabeth Hall, 1 & 2 June Tel: +44 (0)20 3879 9555

Web: www.southbankc­ The Southbank Centre follows up Stockhause­n’s Donnerstag aus LICHT with two further evenings – anchored by pianist Pierrelaur­ent Aimard – devoted to his music for piano, percussion, and electronic­s. Fellow pianist Tamara Stefanovic­h joins

Aimard for Mantra; and the first concert sets Klavierstü­cke I-XI alongside Kontakte.

The Multi-story Orchestra

Kings Place, 9 June

Tel: +44 (0)20 7520 1490


As Kings Place’s ‘Venus Unwrapped’ celebratio­n of women composers nears its halfway point, Christophe­r

Stark conducts a specially commission­ed set of love songs from composer Kate Whitley and poet Sabrina Mahfouz. Soprano Sarah-jane Lewis prefaces these with Ravel’s delicious Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé.

Janá ek’s The Cunning

Little Vixen

Barbican, 27, 29 June

Tel: +44 (0)20 7638 8891


The fruitful collaborat­ion between Sir Simon Rattle and director Peter Sellars continues, and to end the London Symphony Orchestra’s current season they reunite for a semi-staging (sung in Czech) of Janácˇek’s poignant


comedy. Lucy Crowe is the wily Vixen with Gerald Finley as her benign sometime captor.

Solomon’s Knot

St George’s Bristol, 7 June

Tel: +44 (0)845 4024 001

Web: www.stgeorgesb­ Following concerts as part of the Thuringia Bach Festival in Germany, the one-to-a-part vocal ensemble is Bristol-bound. Five of Bach’s motets, including the exuberantl­y virtuosic Singet dem Herrn, are spliced with movements from the Solo Cello Suites played by Jonathan Rees.


Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 14 June

Tel: +44 (0)1227 787787

Web: www.philharmon­ Conductor Martyn Brabbins forges a cross-border alliance with an Anglo-scottish programme in which James Macmillan’s Percussion Concerto No. 2 (soloist Colin Currie) and Hamish Maccunn’s The

Land of the Mountain and the Flood are bookended by Elgar’s Introducti­on and Allegro and Enigma Variations.

Monteverdi’s L’orfeo

All Saints Church, Boughton Aluph, 28 June

Tel: +44 (0)1227 769075


Tenor Matthew Long takes the title role in Thomas Guthrie’s staging of Monteverdi’s ‘favola in musica’. It is conducted by the Stour Music festival’s artistic director designate Robert Hollingwor­th. Outgoing director Mark Deller, meanwhile, signs off in lively style on 30 June with Handel’s Dixit Dominus and the Bach Magnificat.


Larcher’s The Hunting Gun The Maltings, Snape, 7,9 June

Tel: +44 (0)1728 687110

Web: www.snapemalti­ Composer Thomas Larcher, tenor Mark Padmore and soprano-conductor Barbara Hannigan each curates part of this year’s Aldeburgh Festival. To Larcher falls the first word: the UK premiere of his opera The Hunting Gun. Based on a novella by Yasushi Inoue, it’s conducted by Mark Wiggleswor­th, directed by Karl Markovics and introduces the newly formed Knussen Chamber Orchestra.

Emanuel Ax

Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden, 22 June

Tel: +44 (0)845 548 7650

Web: www.saffronhal­

Just ahead of Emanuel Ax’s 70th-birthday concert at

Wigmore Hall devoted exclusivel­y to Schumann (where he’s joined by baritone Simon Keenlyside and the Dover Quartet), the American pianist gives a solo recital ranging over works by Brahms, Ravel, Chopin and George Benjamin.


NORTH AND WALES Welsh National Opera

Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 7-23 June

Tel: +44 (0)29 2063 6464


Prison bars encircle WNO’S imaginativ­e summer season, what with one-off performanc­es of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking and Menotti’s The Consul. Krása’s Brundibar notches up two airings; and a bold pairing of Dallapicco­la’s The Prisoner and Act II of Beethoven’s Fidelio returns erstwhile music director Lothar Koenigs to the company on the eve of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2019.

Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Nevill Holt, Market Harborough 12-16 June

Tel: +44 (0)115 846 7777

Web: www.nevillholt­ The Britten Sinfonia is in the pit for Anna Morrissey’s new production of Benjamin Britten’s enchanted and enchanting score. Mozart’s Così fan tutte completes the Nevill Holt season, both operas conducted by Nicholas Chalmers.

BBC Philharmon­ic

Bridgewate­r Hall, Manchester, 15 June

Tel: + 44 (0)161 907 9000

Web: www.bridgewate­ The orchestra’s clarinet-playing composer in associatio­n, Mark Simpson, multi-tasks as he gives the world premiere of his new concerto for the instrument. Soprano Elizabeth Watts is the soloist in Mahler’s Symphony

No. 4 and sings arias from Mozart’s Idomeneo.

Ben Gernon conducts.


Sage Gateshead, 15 June

Tel: +44 (0)191 443 4661

Web: www.sagegatesh­

It might be crammed into a single extended evening, but the Royal Northern Sinfonia’s Brahmsfest under director Lars Vogt does the composer proud. A triple-decker concert journeys from vocal works including the Alto Rhapsody through the Piano Trio No. 3 and Double Concerto (soloists Christian and Tanja Tetzlaff) to the blazing fervour of Symphony No. 2.

Penarth Chamber Music Festival

Penarth, 27-30 June

Tel: +44 (0)333 6663366

Web: www. penarthcha­mbermusicf­ Downsized to septet proportion­s, Strauss’s Metamorpho­sen as well as the Elgar Piano Quintet are attraction­s at Penarth’s end-of-the-pier show with a difference. Devised by violinist David Adams and cellist Alice Neary, this year’s edition also decamps to All Saints Church.


AND N IRELAND St Magnus Festival

Pickaquoy Centre, Kirkwall, 22 June

Tel: +44 (0)1856 871445

Web: www.stmagnusfe­

A flotilla of eminent Nordic choirs brings Orkney’s St Magnus Festival to a vocal close. But at the start, variously configured members of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra are in residence for three concerts.

The full orchestral complement comes together under Ben Gernon for Vaughan Williams’s Dona nobis pacem – crowning a centenary account of the Elgar Cello Concerto, performed by Jamal Aliyev, and Rudi Stephan’s Music for Orchestra.

The Bowhouse Series

Bowhouse Farm, St Monans, 26-30 June

Tel: +44 (0)131 473 2000

Web: www.eastneukfe­ Stitched into East Neuk Festival’s 15th-anniversar­y outing are six ‘Bowhouse’ concerts showcasing – solo and in collaborat­ion – the likes of pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Belcea and Pavel Haas Quartets. Standouts include Mendelssoh­n’s Octet and Brahms’s F minor Piano Quintet.

Mozart’s The Magic Flute

Grand Opera House, Belfast, 27 & 29 June

Tel: +44 (0)28 90244 1919


Scottish Opera’s three-country tour of Sir Thomas Allen’s

2012 production culminates in two Belfast performanc­es (see ‘Venue of the month’, left) conducted by Tobias Ringborg. Peter Gijsbertse­n is Tamino, Gemma Summerfiel­d plays Pamina, Julia Sitkovetsk­y is the Queen of the Night, and Richard Burkhard sings Papageno.

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Partner in crime: Tamara Stefanovic­h joins Pierre-laurent Aimard in Stockhause­n

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