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Cardi B pushes into Beyoncé’s turf and Sleaford Mods tot up the cost of Covid, while UK orchestras head back to the concert hall – our critics look ahead to big music moments The title of Sleaford Mods’ sixth album is apparently an oblique reference to the fatalities in the first wave of coronavirus: “Human lives are always expendable to the elites,” in the words of vocalist Jason Williamson, “we’re in a constant state of being spare ribs.” The presence of a track called Shortcummings suggest events of the last 12 months figure heavily, although lead single Mork n Mindy offered a grim look back at 80s childhood. • Released on 15 January
The year will be long remembered for recitals to an empty Wigmore Hall, car-park Puccini, Ravel as animation – and one man and his piano… Theatre: Susannah Clapp’s 10 best of 2020 The Observer critics’ review of 2020 in full 1. Igor Levit’s livestreamed house concerts March-MayIn an empty room, often in socks or slippers, the Russian-born pianist’s spontaneous response to global lockdown was to give nightly recitals – more than 50 in total – from his flat in Berlin, watched by a worldwide audience: the classical cult event of year, but incredible music-making too. 2.
Royal Opera House onlineThe company’s roster got cosy to stage a series of scenes for their Christmas special, including Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha’s stunning Hansel and Gretel solo Curious though it may seem, the Royal Opera staged a pyjama party for its Christmas concert, the stream of which went ahead as scheduled, though tier 3 restrictions meant there was no live audience as originally planned. Director Dan Dooner was, one assumes, responsible for the overarching concept behind a programme of operatic acts and scenes, all reimagined as a series of get-togethers round a Christmas tree (borrowed from the Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker), for which the singers were dressed in an assortment of pyjamas, dressing gowns and slippers – whether their own or provided by the costume department, we were not told.
Royal Opera House, LondonDespite fewer dancers and musicians, Peter Wright’s production is a gorgeous spectacle at Covent Garden To the ballet then, while we can. As London waits to find out whether it will be moved into tier 3, theatregoers rush to enjoy traditional Christmas treats, like escaping into the warm fireside glow of the Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker. Peter Wright’s 1984 production, modelled on Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet, is a gorgeous spectacle. Julia Trevelyan Oman’s snowy 19th-century designs bring to life pre-Raphaelite angels, vintage toys and a sugarspun palace of delicate sparkle. This is a necessarily adjusted experience, the audience reduced, and the orchestra, too, down to 44 players from 72, due to social distancing in the pit. Sometimes that doesn’t make much difference, sometimes the depth of sound is missed (perhaps they could pick up the tempo a little in the first act to make up for it). The […]
New government loans welcomed by National Theatre as ‘a vital lifeline that will form part of our recovery’ Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage More than £165m in emergency loans to some of the UK’s biggest arts and heritage organisations has been announced to ensure they survive the pandemic. The Royal Opera House will get £21.7m, the National Theatre £19.7m, the Royal Shakespeare Company £19.4m, the Royal Albert Hall £20.7m, the Southbank Centre £10.9m and English National Opera £8.5m. Related:
Despite lockdown, there’s still plenty of new music-making across the UK available to an online audience. Here’s our pick of next week’s live-streamed and pre-recorded concerts Ariodante The Royal Opera should have been staging a new production of Handel’s opera this autumn, but instead is presenting Ariodante in concert. Christian Curnyn conducts a cast that is led by Paula Murrihy in the title role; Chen Reiss is Ginevra, Sophie Bevan Dalinda, Gerald Finley the King and Iestyn Davies Polinesso.•
Assorted online platforms/Radio 3Handel’s Ariodante makes a captivating return to Covent Garden, while necessity is the mother of invention from Gateshead to uprooted Bath and Huddersfield Elation at the miracles star musicians can achieve in an empty theatre; regret at not being there in person – both reactions made watching the Royal Opera’s Ariodante live online a vital and bittersweet experience. Handel wrote the opera for Covent Garden theatre’s 1735 season. Nearly three centuries on, this was its first performance at the Royal Opera House, which stands on the same site. An outstanding cast was led by the Irish mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy, exceptional, generous and expressive as the wandering knight of the title, with Iestyn Davies fierce and agile as his rival, Polinesso; Sophie Bevan as the distressed, affecting Dalinda; and Gerald Finley, eloquent as the King of Scotland in all his folly and wisdom. Chen Reiss conveyed power as […]
As galleries auction off treasures to retain staff and plug cash gaps left by Covid, the art world is divided on ethics of disposal Going up close to a great work of art, perhaps to Auguste Rodin’s full-height sculpture of a shy Eve, is a rare pleasure in a neighbourhood gallery, especially since opening hours are now restricted by the pandemic. The Southampton City Art Gallery is one of those municipal buildings with perhaps more than its fair share of unexpected treats due to the bequest of a local chemist and businessman called Robert Chipperfield. He died rich in 1911, instructing his legacy to be spent on filling up a new gallery with top-notch pieces like Eve. Just over a decade ago the city considered selling valuable works including its Rodin sculpture, then worth just over £1million, to fund other projects, but the sale was stopped by a petition and […]
Royal Opera House, LondonA quartet of staged vocal works, including terrific renditions of Handel’s Apollo e Dafne and Britten’s Phaedra, welcomes back live audiences The Royal Opera opened its doors to its first post-lockdown live audience for 4/4, a quartet of staged vocal works, none of them originally intended for the theatre, all of them dealing in some way with isolation. They share a designer in Antony McDonald, though each is allocated a different conductor and director, with McDonald himself tackling the second of the sequence, Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915. He transforms the work from a bittersweet study of a child’s growing awareness of transience into a poignant examination of adult loneliness, in which an unnamed woman (Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha) remembers, or imagines, life with a family now absent, or which she may indeed never have had. Adele Thomas’s production of Handel’s 1710 cantata Apollo e Dafne starts […]
Fighting for survival due to Covid-19, it’s no wonder the Royal Opera House is selling its David Hockney portrait – originally bought with a staff whip-round. So what does Hockney himself think of the sale? Who knew the Royal Opera House owned a David Hockney? I certainly didn’t. The portrait of David Webster, who ran Covent Garden between 1945 and 1970, could now be the institution’s saviour as Covid-19 brings it towards the brink of collapse; soon it will be sold by Christie’s. The auction house hope it might make as much as £18m. “This was a really tough call,” Alex Beard, the Royal Opera House’s chief executive, told the Observer. “But we have to face the situation we are in and if we can remain viable and get through this, then we can get back to employing people in the future.” Well, that’s where we seem to be: jobs […]