Friday is even busier. Treasures from Le grand Siècle at St John's Smith Square and elsewhere, marking the start of bthe most ambitious London Festival of Baroque Music in years. A fabulous chance to hear French specialists bring the world of Louis XIV to London. Do not miss ! Please- read more HERE HERE and HERE. Jonas Kaufmann at the Barbican would otherwise be my choice, but he's no competition to the original Sun King. It's a pity that a genuine talent like JK has a following that sometimes like celebrity more than music. For art song cognoscenti, Andre Schuen at the Wigmore Hall on Friday, too. Read more HERE about a truly interesting new talent - this week's wild card, a definite recommendation if there wasn't so much else on at the same time.
Saturday - Glyndebourne ! A new production of Madama Butterfly. Though this opera means a lot to me personally for many reasons (follow the label Puccini on the right for more), I don't think Glyndebourne would risk anything really penetrating for the start of the season. I'm not going to miss Pelléas et Mélisande though, especially directed by Stefan Herheim. It's repeated at the Prioms but Herheim is special, way above the heads of some, but so is rthe opera, alas. Saturday also sees more at the London Festival of Baroque Musicand much else, besides.
Sunday - Vladimir Ashkenazy with the Philharmonia at the Royal Festival Hall - in Prokofiev Seven they are Seven and the Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the Revolution, please read HERE and HERE for more. Plus Pekka Kuuisto! More baroque, too, and of course lots more round town.