VIDEO PODCAST: Women Composers - Our special hour-long illustrated feature on women composers includes contributions from Diana Ambache, Gail Wein, Hilary Tann, Natalie Artemas-Polak and Victoria Bond.
VIDEO PODCAST: Slava Ukraini! - recorded on 24 February 2022, the day Europe woke up to the news that Vladimir Putin's Russian forces had invaded Ukraine. A fifty minute video which also features Caitríona O'Leary and Eric Fraad discussing their new film Island of Saints, and pays tribute to Joseph Horovitz, Malcolm Troup and Maria Nockin.
Soprano Mary Plazas was born on 9 September 1966. She studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Ava June, winning the Curtis Gold Medal, at the National Opera Studio, and has also worked on interpretation with Swiss tenor Eric Tappy in Geneva.
She made her operatic debut in 1992 as the Heavenly Voice in Verdi's Don Carlos. Her roles have included Mimì, Anne Trulove, Donna Elvira, Nedda and Cio-Cio-San, plus the title role in The Cunning Little Vixen. She has also created two roles in Jonathan Dove operas - Tina in Flight and the Blue Fairy in Pinocchio.
She has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Chandos Records and Opera Rara, and also gives solo recitals and concerts.
Ensemble. The Treasured Crown - Roderic Dunnett reports in depth on last month's Three Choirs Festival at Gloucester
Ensemble. Rather Impressive - Mark Berry experiences English National Opera's 'Madama Butterfly'
Ensemble. The Passing of Time - Donizetti's 'Maria di Rohan' at the Buxton Festival impresses Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Grippingly-staged - Mike Wheeler is delighted to be surprised by Donizetti's 'Lucrezia Borgia'
Ensemble. Inhibited by Cleverness - 'Cav and Pag' at English National Opera, reviewed by Robert Hugill
Ensemble. A Believable Mixture - Mike Wheeler enjoys Jonathan Dove's opera 'The Adventures of Pinocchio'
Ensemble. Lavish Entertainment - 'The Adventures of Pinocchio' by Jonathan Dove and Alasdair Middleton, impresses Patric Standford
Ensemble. Tremendous Energy - Kurt Weill's 'Arms and the Cow', reviewed by Mike Wheeler