Celebrating Bastille Day with Opera Saratoga

17/07/2017

 Grétry, Zémire et Azor: The Opera Saratoga Orchestra / Lidiya Yankovskaya (conductor), The Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Springs, New York, 14.7.2017. (RP)

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Zémire (Maureen McKay) and Azor © Mark Frohna

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Dante Quartet play ‘Czech Mates’

17/07/2017

Schulhoff, Dvořák, Janáček: Dante String Quartet, Alinka Rowe (viola), St Eustachius Church, Tavistock. 14.7.2017. (PRB)

Dante Quartet with Alinka Rowe (inset) (c) Philip R Buttall

Dante Quartet with Alinka Rowe (inset) (c) Philip R Buttall

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Tcherniakov’s Carmen Makes Music Drama Come Alive at Aix

15/07/2017

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Festival d’Aix-en-Provence [3] – Bizet, Carmen: Soloists, Maîtrise des Bouches-du-Rhône (chours master: Samuel Coquard), Chœur Aedes (chorus master: Mathieu Romano), Orchestre de Paris / Pablo Heras-Casado (conductor). Grand Théâtre de Provence, Aix, 13.7.2017. (MB)

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Carmen at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence © Patrick Berger/artcompress

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Splendid Stravinsky from the Orchestre de Paris but this Concert Needed More

13/07/2017

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Festival d’Aix-en-Provence [2] – Stravinsky, Schubert, and Beethoven: Orchestre de Paris / Duncan Ward (conductor). Grand Théâtre de Provence, Aix, 12.7.2017. (MB) Read more

A Mightily Refreshing Account of The Rake’s Progress

12/07/2017

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Festival d’Aix en Provence [1] Stravinsky, The Rake’s Progress: Soloists, English Voices (chorus master: Tim Brown), Orchestre de Paris / Eivind Gullberg Jensen (conductor), Théâtre de l’Archevêché, Aix, 11.7.2017. (MB)

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The Rake’s Progress at Aix © Patrick Berger/artcompress

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Despite a Stark Production, Quality Singing Contributes to Buxton’s Successful Lucio Silla

12/07/2017

Buxton Festival 2017 [3] – Mozart, Lucio Silla: Soloists, The English Concert Orchestra / Laurence Cummings (conductor). Opera House, Buxton. 9.7.2017. (RJF)

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Lucio Silla – Joshua Ellicott (Lucio Silla) & Rebecca Bottone (Giunia) (c) Robert Workman

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Buxton’s Albert Herring Brings Out the Humour and Softens Britten’s Harsh Chords

11/07/2017

Buxton Festival 2017 [2] – Britten. Albert Herring: Soloists, Buxton Festival Chorus, NCO Festival Orchestra / Justin Doyle (conductor), Buxton Festival 2017, Opera House, Buxton, 8.7.2017. (RJF)

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Buxton Festival 2017’s Albert Herring (c) Robert Workman

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A Dark and Sparse Buxton Macbeth Redeemed by Outstanding Singing

11/07/2017

Buxton Festival 2017 [1] – Verdi, Macbeth (original 1847 version): Soloists, Buxton Festival Chorus, Northern Chamber Orchestra / Stephen Barlow (conductor). Opera House, Buxton, 7.7.2017. (RJF)

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Macbeth (Stephen Gadd) & Kate Ladner (Lady Macbeth) (c) Robert Workman

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