Farnes’s Conducting and Rachvelishvili’s Azucena Make This Revival Worthwhile

08/12/2016

Verdi, Il trovatoreSoloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Richard Farnes. The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 4.12.2016. (CC)

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Najmiddin Mavlyanov (Manrico) & Anita Rachvelishvili (Azucena) (c) Catherine Ashmore

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Mascagni and Hindemith Form an Unlikely Double Bill in Paris

08/12/2016

Mascagni, Cavalleria rusticana, and Hindemith, Sancta Susanna: Soloists, Chorus (chorus master: José Luis Basso) and Orchestra of the Opéra national de Paris / Carlo Rizzi (conductor). Opéra Bastille, Paris, 3.12.2016. (MB)

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Cavalleria rusticana & Sancta Susanna (c) Julien Benhamou /OnP

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Iphigénie en Tauride Gluck’s Great Opera Thoughtfully Staged and Splendidly Sung in Paris

06/12/2016

Gluck, Iphigénie en Tauride: Soloists, Chorus (chorus master: Alessandro di Stefano) and Orchestra of the Opéra national de Paris / Bertrand de Billy (conductor). Palais Garnier, Paris, 2.12.2016. (MB)

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Iphigénie en Tauride © Guergana Damianova/OnP

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Kirill Petrenko’s Magical Conducting and Anja Kampe’s Superb Voice Highlight This Shostakovich Opera

06/12/2016

Shostakovich, Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District: Bayerische Staatsoper Orchestra and Chorus / Kirill Petrenko (conductor), Nationaltheater, Munich, 4.12.2016. (JMI)

Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District © W. Hösl

Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District © W. Hösl

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Opera North Present Stunning Billy Budd in Edinburgh

05/12/2016

Britten: Billy Budd, Soloists and Chorus of Opera North / Garry Walker (conductor), Edinburgh Festival Theatre, 3.12.2016. (SRT)

BILLY BUDD by Britten; Opera North; Gand Theatre; Leeds, UK; 15 October 2016; RODERICK WILLIAMS as Billy Budd; GARRY WALKER - Conductor; ORPHA PHELAN - Director; LESLIE TRAVERS - Set & Costume Designer; THOMAS C. HASE - Lighting designer; LYNNE HOCKNEY - Movement director; WILL TRISTRAM - Fight director; Credit: © CLIVE BARDA/ ArenaPAL;

Billy Budd – Roderick Williams (Billy Budd) © Clive Barda

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An Uneven Turandot Weighed Down by an Excessive Production

04/12/2016

Puccini, Turandot: Bayerische Staatsoper Orchestra and Chorus / Dan Ettinger (conductor), Nationaltheater, Munich, 3.12.2016. (JMI)

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Turandot © Bayerische Staatsoper

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Verdi Requiem with Ballet – Courage Required

04/12/2016

Verdi: Soloists, Krassimira Stoyanova (soprano), Veronica Simeoni (mezzosoprano), Francesco Meli (tenor), Georg Zeppenfeld (bass), Zurich Ballet, (augmented) Chorus of the Zurich Opera, Philharmonia Zurich / Fabio Luisi (conductor), Zurich Opera, Zurich, 3.12.16. (JR)

Ballett Zürich - Messa da Requiem - 2016/17 © Gregory Batardon

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A Well-Staged and Well-Sung L’elisir d’amore in Munich

03/12/2016

Donizetti, L’elisir d’amore: Bayerische Staatsoper Orchestra and Chorus / Daniele Callegari (conductor), Nationaltheater, Munich, 2.12.2016. (JMI)

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L’elisir d’amore © Bayesrische Staatsoper

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