In Video: Lawrence Zazzo

This is why you should come to Shoreditch Church on Friday… Renowned for his theatrical appearances in early opera, countertenor Lawrence Zazzo will be performing a rare recital with La Nuova Musica led by the charismatic David Bates. Hear Zazzo’s incredibly smooth voice in the videos below: And in full costume: Friday 13 December La…

In video: La Nuova Musica

Earlier this year, La Nuova Musica performed at the London Handel Festival. Led by young director David Bates, the ensemble played Handel’s Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno featuring soloists Sam Furness, Christopher Lowrey, Augusta Hebbert and Hannah Sandison. Watch the documentary below including rehearsal footage and extracts from the performance to see behind…

Countertenor Lawrence Zazzo explores early operatic gems

Last week, we caught up with American countertenor Lawrence Zazzo about his upcoming collaboration with La Nuova Musica, their well-researched programme and new CD. When did you start singing professionally? Did you always want to be a singer? I’ve been singing most of my life; in boys’ choirs, barbershop choruses, close harmony/jazz groups, madrigal ensembles,…

Think you know what the Royal Academy of Music is?

These days the Royal Academy of Music conjures up images (and sounds) of studious young musicians, fastidiously practising works from Handel to Ligeti, but before the school was founded in 1822, an opera company of the same name (with no connection to the current RAM) had existed 100 years prior. On Friday 13 December, La…

In video: Winter Festival preview

Check out the video above for a preview of what’s on this winter. Our Chief Executive Abigail Pogson and Programme Director: Festivals Kate Kelly introduce the programme, while director of La Nuova Musica David Bates and composer/ performer of Remember Me: A Desk Opera Claudia Molitor talk about the events they’re presenting at the Winter…

60 Seconds With…David Bates

Today we have the next installation of our feature ’60 Seconds with…’! Over  the coming weeks we will be posting quick and quirky interviews with the people behind the music at the Winter Festival. There’s no hard and fast rule with what we ask – most questions come from members of the team – though…

Artist Focus: La Nuova Musica

Among the many Monteverdi inspired concerts on offer at this year’s Winter Festival is La Nuova Musica, one of Europe’s newest and most exciting early music ensembles, is joining us once again! Lead by counter-tenor and conductor David Bates, La Nuova Musica have performed in various settings including a late night ‘cabaret’ concert in the…