Retrospect Opera News

Congratulations to our Collaborator Odaline de la Martinez

Congratulations are due to Retrospect Opera collaborator and Ethel Smyth specialist, Odaline de la Martinez, known affectionately to all as ‘Chachi’, who has been appointed an Honorary Professor in the Department of Music andMedia at the University of Surrey. Chachi is a graduate of Surrey and recently received both an honorary doctorate and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the University.

Dibdin’s The Wags; or, The Camp of Pleasure

Building on the success of our recent Dibdin recordings, we are excited to share details of a further collaboration with Simon Butteriss and Stephen Higgins on Dibdin’s The Wags (1790). The project was funded by The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and is planned for release in spring 2021.

Bantock’s The Seal Woman

We are pleased to share that Retrospect Opera trustee Andy King has (finally, after almost ten years) submitted his PhD thesis, Sir Granville Bantock (1868–1946): Aspects of His Life and Songs. An enthusiastic editor, he prepared the music for our Dibdin releases and to accompany his thesis produced a new edition of Bantock’s enormous song-cycle The Sphinx.

Update on The Soldier’s Legacy & Shamus O’Brien

Our recording of Macfarren’s The Soldier’s Legacy is now scheduled for 8–12 February 2020 at St Thomas’ Church, Stockport. Our soloists have been working hard over the recent lockdown and we are all very excited to meet in February and really bring the piece to life. Further details about Macfarren and The Soldier’s Legacy can be found on our website here.

New Trustee and New Website

In recent months we have been far from idle, and our latest Annual Report is available for download from the Charity Commission website, wherein readers will discover an in-depth account of what we have achieved over the last year. This includes the happy appointment of an excellent new trustee, Dr Benjamin Hamilton.

Our latest release available now!

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Stanford | Shamus O’Brien

Macfarren | The Soldier’s Legacy

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