Connolly Provides a Real Buzz at the Launch of the 2017 Leeds Lieder Festival

30/11/2016

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Schumann, Ravel, Ireland, Gurney, Britten: Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano) and Joseph Middleton (pianist), Howard Assembly Rooms, Leeds, 26.11.2016. (CF) Read more

WNO’s Current Macbeth Compares Poorly with Other Verdi Productions over Past 50 Years

30/11/2016

Verdi, Macbeth: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Andriy Yurkevych (conductor), Venue Cymru (North Wales Theatre), Llandudno, 24.11.2016. (RJF)

Welsh National Opera Chorus - the assassins of Banquo.  Photo credit: Richard Hubert Smith.

Welsh National Opera Chorus – the assassins of Banquo (c) Richard Hubert Smith.

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Preview of the 2017 Chipping Campden Festival

30/11/2016

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Chipping Campden Festival Honours Monteverdi and Other Leading Composers (14-27 May 2017)

As we experience the first frosts of winter it is always a comfort to know that the cold weather will not last and that in six months’ time we shall be enjoying the Chipping Campden Music Festival – the 16th. Read more

The Sting and Seduction of Tristan

30/11/2016

Wagner, Tristan und Isolde (opening of 2016/17 season): Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro dell’Opera Rome / Daniele Gatti (conductor). Teatro dell’Opera Rome, 27.11.2016. (JB)

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Rachel Nicholls (Isolde) & Andreas Schager (Tristan) (c) Y Kageyama

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Zimmermann Invites Comparisons with Székely’s Playing of Bartók Violin Concerto

30/11/2016

Bartók, Shostakovich: Frank Peter Zimmermann (violin), Philharmonia Orchestra / Juraj Valčuha (conductor), Royal Festival Hall London, 24.11.2016. (GD) Read more

Merchant of Venice is not Easy on the Ear but Well Staged and with a Sterling Cast

30/11/2016

André Tchaikowsky, The Merchant of Venice: Soloists, and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Lionel Friend (conductor), Venue Cymru (North Wales Theatre), Llandudno, 22.11.2016. (RJF)

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The Merchant of Venice Trial Scene (c) Johan Persson

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Two Pianos, Four Pianists—Minus One Major Touch of Mozartean Genius

30/11/2016

Smetana, Mozart, Bartók: Charles Abramovic, Lydia Artymiw, Cynthia Raim, & Natalie Zhu (pianos), Christopher Deviney & Don Liuzzi (percussion), Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, 21.11.2016. (BJ) Read more

90 Minutes of Powerful, Bosch-Like Images

30/11/2016

Hersch: Carolyn Huebl (violin), Mark Wait (piano), Crane Arts and the Icebox Project Space, Philadelphia, 20.11.2016. (BJ) Read more

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