RECENT: Find out about composers from unusual places, including Gerard Schurmann, Giya Kancheli, Nazib Zhiganov and Nodar Gabunia, about singing in cars, and meet Jim Hutton from the RLPO and some of our regular contributors in this eighty-minute February 2021 video.
The Italian opera composer Antonio Salieri was born near Verona on 18 August 1750 and died in Vienna nearly 75 years later, on 7 May 1825, having stopped composing in the early 1800s when his style went out of fashion. His pupils included Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert and Franz Liszt, and he was himself taught by Pescetti and Gassmann, with later advice from Christoff Willibald Gluck. He composed about forty operas in French, German and Italian, including the scandalous Les Danaïdes, and his output also includes cantatas, chamber music, concertos, harpsichord sonatas, masses, oratorios and symphonies.
Ensemble. Early Opera in the English Provinces - Roderic Dunnett applauds some of this year's successes and glances ahead to 2018
Ensemble. A Gift for the Bizarre - Salieri operas in England impress Roderic Dunnett
Ensemble. Rapturous Beauty - Richard Strauss's 'Capriccio', reviewed by Maria Nockin
Ensemble. A Fine Rendition - 'Così fan tutte' at Arizona Opera, reviewed by Maria Nockin
Ensemble. Sing ye to the Lord - Roderic Dunnett was at the 2009 Hereford Three Choirs Festival
A Real Find - Robert Davies made a remarkable impact when he stood in as Papageno late in the run of English Touring Opera's 'The Magic Flute'; Roderic Dunnett profiles him and celebrates the progress of other ETO cast members
Ensemble. Another Treat - Martinu's 'Mirandolina' at Garsington Opera, by Roderic Dunnett
DVD Spotlight. Fictional Hokum - Kevin Sullivan's 'Magic Flute Diaries', reviewed by Howard Smith. '... a "rag-bag" of special effects and Mozartian absurdities ...'
Ensemble. Dueling Divas - One-act operas by Mozart and Salieri, reviewed by Kelly Ferjutz
Ensemble. Too many words? - Peter Shaffer's play 'Amadeus', reviewed by Kelly Ferjutz
Record box - Blowing to good purpose - Brass in consort, with Basil Ramsey