I think my best recent discovery on the web has been Wigmore Hall’s Youtube channel. There’s a wealth of material in various genres but, from my point of view, the real glory are the song recitals. I’ve seen particularly good ones from Gerry Finley and Sarah Connolly and, more recently, really well thought out programmes from Allan Clayton and Stephanie Wake-Edwards and from Ema Nikolovska. Many readers will remember her “virtual” Toronto Summer Music recital a few months ago. This one is just as good!
Pittsburgh Festival Opera is having a Wicked Wagner Weekend from October 30th to November 1st with an interesting looking international cast. It’s $10/night to watch. Details at www.pittsburghfestivalopera.org
IRCPA are hosting an interview with Thomson Highway at 12.30 pm on November 6th. It’s on Zoom and it’s free but pre-registration is required by email to email@example.com and there’s more info at https://ircpa.net
Finally, a new web site that I got directed to. It’s basically an archive of 1970s radio recordings of Scottish soprano Margaret Marshall. There’s a fair amount of biographical information too. Most of the material is Mozart or earlier but there’s some Strauss and some Finzi pieces I was unfamiliar with as well. Clearly she was a very good young singer in this period but the most interesting thing to me is to listen to how much singing style, especially for baroque repertoire, has changed in the last fifty years. You can find the site at http://margaretmarshallsongbird.com