New life for Viktor Ullmann's Terezin opera - The Emperor of Atlantis

By Ruth Rothenberg, October 18, 2012

It takes an Irish-Canadian Catholic to stage an opera written in a Nazi concentration camp by Jews pillorying Hitler.


ITV's Michael Grade: why I love klezmer music

By Simon Round, October 11, 2012

Former ITV boss Michael Grade has revealed his affection for klezmer music ahead of a BBC documentary to be screened on Sunday.

Lord Grade, now a life peer, admitted that he knew little about the music of the shtetl until he was asked to narrate the BBC4 Timeshift programme, Klezmer: Now That’s What I Call East European Wedding Music… As Played by Yiddish Speaking People!


David Serero: French opera star in London

By Alan Montague, October 11, 2012

French baritone David Serero will be bringing his unique brand of opera to London next week. The singer, who has both performed under the baton of Placido Domingo and dueted with Jermaine Jackson, will be singing a wide range of material at a gala for Israeli food charity Meir Panim followed by a West End concert at the Dominion Theatre on October 18.


Yasmin Levy: one day, I'll make an album with no Ladino on it

By Simon Round, October 11, 2012

When Yasmin Levy was signed up by her manager Paul Burger more than a decade ago, he joked that she would be unlikely to sell more than 128 records. You could understand why. After all, here was an unknown vocalist who specialised in singing half-forgotten songs in the language of Ladino — the Judeo-Spanish of the Sephardi world which is spoken by fewer than 150,000 people.


Girls on song for Open Mic UK contest

By Sandy Rashty, October 5, 2012

Two aspiring singer-songwriters have reached the regional finals of the Open Mic UK 2012 talent competition.

North London Collegiate GCSE student Hannah Kessler, 15, will compete against 25 other singers in the under-16 category.


Meet Mark Glanville, the ex-football hooligan who sings Schubert in Yiddish

By Simon Round, October 4, 2012

Mark Glanville is nothing if not eclectic. There cannot be many who have sung a Yiddish song cycle at the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC and written a first-hand account of what it was like to be a football hooligan with Manchester United’s notorious Cockney reds.


Idina Menzel: Streisand, Hamlisch and me

By Brigit Grant, October 4, 2012

As she waits in the wings at London’s Apollo Theatre on Monday night, Idina Menzel will be a little more anxious than usual. Not about her performance, for the Tony-award winning star of Wicked is more at home on the stage than anywhere else and never fails to bring a rapturous audience to their feet. But this UK tour is different because she is doing it without Marvin.


Composer inspired by Jewish headstone inscriptions

By Sandy Rashty, September 28, 2012

A British composer has composed an hour-long requiem featuring inscriptions from Jewish gravestones in London — and playwright Sir Arnold Wesker, singing.

Benjamin Till, 38, said he was inspired to create the London Requiem after he was moved by an inscription on the gravestone of a Jewish doctor buried in Highgate cemetery.


George Solti: celebrating a virtuoso

By Jessica Duchen, September 27, 2012

Sir Georg Solti, one of the 20th century’s greatest conductors, was born 100 years ago, on 21 October 1912. Now major celebrations are getting underway around the world to mark his centenary.


Matisyahu to give exclusive UJS concert

By Marcus Dysch, September 13, 2012

Rap star Matisyahu will perform an exclusive concert for Jewish students in London later this year.

The American rapper, who shocked fans by shaving off his beard and apparently rejecting his Chasidic beliefs, has been signed up by the Union of Jewish Students.