What the WildKats are watching out for in 2011…

Thursday 6th January 2011

After an enjoyable Christmas break, entering the new year of 2011 and with so much music going on across the world, the London based WildKats thought they would let you know what they’re looking forward to in this exciting year to come!

Kathleen’s Pick

The Bayreuth Festival, Germany – 25th July until 28th August 2011

Why? “I’m looking forward to the whole of the Bayreuth Festival this year, but especially Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. It looks really interesting. Katharina is much talked about as both the artistic director of the festival and as a director. I think it will be one of the best productions of the summer season.”

Victoria’s Pick

Die Zauberflöte – Royal Opera House, London – 1st February until the 26th February 2011

Why? “Colin Davis revives this classic staging of Mozart’s great opera Die Zauberflöte. After managing to miss Kate Royal’s recital in London last year, I am a little bit beyond excited to see perhaps my favourite soprano in the role of Pamina.”

Fleur’s Pick

Sir Simon Rattle with members of the Berliner Philharmoniker – Royal Festival Hall, London – 20th February 2011

Why? “This will be a rare opportunity to hear Sir Simon lead players from the Berlin Phil in London. It will be incredibly exciting to hear an intimate, yet deeply emotive programme being performed at the Southbank Centre and as I’m a lover of chamber music, this shall be a highlight of the year”

Vicky’s Pick

Anna Nicole – Royal Opera House, London – 17th February until the 4th March 2011

Why? “Composer Mark-Anthony Turnage and librettist Richard Thomas are coming together for operatic portrayal of the life of the Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith, in the conventional setting of the Royal Opera House’s main auditorium.  Featuring swearing, sex and drug abuse, this modern opera is a reflection of contemporary society and the power of the media.  I think it’s great that the Royal Opera House continue to encourage performances of new operas that deal with modern day themes.”