From the beery intimacy of the prologue to Méliès, Nosferatu and the glamour of Hollywood in the late '20s: can Hoffmann the poet become Hoffmann, the filmmaker?

You performed at Glyndebourne Opera House aged 12. Did you always know you wanted to be a singer? I’m not sure I can say I’d always known...

10 questions for soprano Ilona Domnich

Thursday 13 August 2015

You started your career as a pianist. What made you change course and start singing instead?As a pianist I realised how much the hands sing when they play. My piano teacher sent me to listen to bel canto and Mozart...

It is wonderful that Waxwings, our multi-sensory show for younger children (and children with special needs) is moving into Kings Place for the Tête à Tête Festival on 6-7 August.

The piece has a ravishing score by Clive and Mark Ives of Woo Music, and is sung by a brilliant young cast – Emily Blanch, Katie Grosset and Guy Elliott. It was performed nearly 20 times across the country earlier in the year, and has just returned from the Philharmonie in Luxembourg, where it was sung in Luxembourgish, for there is indeed such a language!

The story is really a universal one about the fears of growing up, but here is given an edge because Olly is on the autistic spectrum and the headteacher of his new school turns out to be a monster. In these situations there is only one thing...

Read an interview with British soprano Susanna Hurrell, who will make her ETO debut this autumn singing Mélisande in our new production of Pelléas & Mélisande.

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