Peter Wright’s Venerable Nutcracker as Lively as Ever


 Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker: Royal Ballet, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Tom Seligman (conductor), viewed at Vue Piccadilly Cinema, London, 12.12.2013. (MB) Read more

Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh beach…… Probably Better in a Theatre


 Britten, Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh beach: Soloists, Chorus of Opera North, Chorus of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Britten–Pears Orchestra / Stuart Bedford (conductor). Cinema screening of new DVD at The Hospital Club, Covent Garden, London, 4.12.2013. (JPr)


Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh beach

Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh beach

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Some Highlights and Many Longueurs in Verdi’s Sicilian Vespers


 Verdi, Les Vêpres siciliennes (in a new production by Stefan Herheim): Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House conducted by Antonio Pappano. Broadcast to the Odeon Cinema, Chelmsford, Essex. 4.11.2013. (JPr)



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The Met’s Tosca Is Compelling To Watch On The Big Screen


 Puccini, Tosca: Soloists, chorus and orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York, conducted by Riccardo Frizza. The Met Live in HD broadcast to the Odeon Cinema, Chelmsford,   9.11.2013. (JPr)


Tosca  Patricia Racette as tosca roberto lagna-ascavaradossi-photo by ken howard

TOSCA:Patricia Racette as Tosca Roberto Alagna as Cavaradossi
Photo by Ken Howard

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Obscure Opera Boasts Bel Canto Stylist


 Gasparo Spontini, La Vestale: Soloists, Cercle de l’Harmonie, Chœur Aedes, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées ( broadcast), Paris. 23.10.2013 (RDA) Read more

Carlos Acosta’s Quest For The Don Quixote Of His Dreams


 Minkus (arr. Martin Yates), Don Quixote: Soloists, Corps de ballet and Royal Opera House Orchestra / Martin Yates (conductor). Broadcast to the Odeon Cinema, Chelmsford, Essex. 16.10.2013. (JPr)


Don Quixote by Petipa,The Royal Ballet, 2013, Credit : Johan Persson

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A Fine Eugene Onegin in HD from The Met


Tchaikovsky, Eugene Onegin: Soloists, The Metropolitan Opera Chorus & Orchestra / Valery Gergiev (conductor). The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD,  5.10.2013. (RB) Read more

2001: A Space Odyssey: Live and on Film


 2001: A Space Odyssey Live: Philharmonia Orchestra and Voices, Benjamin Wallfisch (conductor), Royal Festival Hall, London, 7.10.2013 (GDn) Read more

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