ROH’s 1869 Boris Godunov Lacks Drama and Epic Grandeur


Mussorgsky, Boris Godunov: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor). Broadcast to the Empire Cinema, Basildon, Essex. 21.3.2016. (JPr)


Harry Nicoll (Missail) and John Tomlinson (Varlaam)
(c) Catherine Ashmore

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Perfect Pianists from BBC Television Archives


Various composers, Perfect Pianists (BBC Television Archives) with presenter, David Owen Norris: was first transmitted on 4 March 2016 on BBC4 and then made available for 23 days for downloading on BBC iPlayer. (JB) Read more

The Triumph of Verdi’s Misunderstood Opera at La Scala’s Opening


 Verdi, Giovanna d’Arco:  Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro alla Scala, Milan.  Conductor, Riccardo Chailly.  Seen and heard in Direct Transmission  through RAI at cinema Barberini Rome 7.12. 2015. (JB) Read more

Sumptuous Sound from James Levine in the Met’s Traditional Tannhäuser


Wagner, Tannhäuser: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York / James Levine (conductor). Broadcast to the Empire Cinema, Basildon, Essex, 31.10.2015. (JPr)


Otto Schenk & Günther Schneider-Siemssen’s Tannhäuser Act II
(c) Marty Sohl/ Metropolitan Opera

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Static Staging but Plenty of Musical Tension in the Met’s New Otello


Verdi, Otello: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York / Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor). Broadcast to the Empire Cinema, Basildon, Essex, 17.10.2015. (JPr)

Otello Met 2015 c Ken Howard

Bartlett Sher’s Otello Act III (c) Ken Howard

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Royal Opera House Launch Live Cinema Season with Macmillan’s Romeo and Juliet


Prokofiev, Romeo and Juliet: The Royal Ballet, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Koen Kessels (conductor), Live screening from The Royal Opera House, London, 22.9.2015 (J.O’D)


Steven McRae and Itziar Mendizabal in Romeo and Juliet
(c) Dave Morgan

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Sensationalist Carmen on Minimalist Set from ENO


 Bizet, Carmen: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of English National Opera / Sir Richard Armstrong (conductor). Live relay to cinemas from the London Coliseum, directed by Andy Morahan, seen at Empire Cinemas, Basildon, Essex, 1.7.2015. (JPr)

‘Carmen Act II pic credit ENO & Alistair Muir.

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ENO’s Pirates of Penzance Reflects a More Innocent Age  


 Gilbert and Sullivan, The Pirates of Penzance: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of English National Opera / David Parry (conductor), London Coliseum. Live relay to Odeon, Chelmsford, Essex, 19.5.2015. (JPr)

 Andrew Shore as Major-General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance c ENO/Tristram Kenton

Andrew Shore as Major-General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance c ENO/Tristram Kenton

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