For some, it's Ascot time; for others, it's time for Glyndebourne.
"The world turns on its dark side", proclaims the opening music of A Child of Our Time, the Oratorio which English composer and pacifist Michael Tippett began writing on the day that Britain declared war on Germany in September 1939, and which tells the story of the murderous events that led up to Kristallnacht in 1938.
I'm a classical singer, not a saint.
For those of you familiar with the upheaval created in London Bridge by the now-famous 'Shard', the 71-floor glass building nearing completion after what seems like years of mayhem, you may have a sense of deja vu in a new production opening at the Royal Opera House.
Anyone who wants to spend a couple hours watching a fun West End show, then rush to get tickets for Lend Me A Tenor. It has great singing, great acting, great music, fantastic sets, and an excellent cast. What more could you want?
A warning from Lucerne on the limits of private philanthropy: not content with establishing the world's most luxurious pick-up band, Claudio Abbado's Lucerne Festival Orchestra, and the world's most ambitious project to cement a performance practice of new music at the heart of young people's training – the Lucerne Festival Academy, led every year by Pierre Boulez and the Ensemble InterContemporain – the Lucerne festival and its artistic director Michael Haefliger plan to set up the world's most innovative auditorium for music theatre, the Salle Modulable.
It was announced today that Copenhagen-born Kasper Holten will replace Elaine Padmore as director of opera at the Royal Opera House after the 2010/11 season.
Tonight, most British cinema audiences will be settling down with a Coke and a carton of popcorn for the weekend's big movies: the latest in the Narnia franchise, perhaps, or Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie in The Tourist.
Hoping that you love Mozart as much as I do, I can now go public with certain Mozartian informations I've been privy to for a wee bit now: Radio 3's Genius of Mozart celebration will completely consume the first 12 days of Radio 3's schedule in the New Year, broadcasting every single note that Wolfgang wrote.