Impressive Cast and Production for East Coast Premiere of Cold Mountain

12/02/2016

United StatesUnited States Higdon, Cold Mountain: Soloists, Opera Philadelphia, Corrado Rovaris (conductor), Academy of Music, Philadelphia, 7.2.2016 (BJ)

Jennifer Higdon's 'Cold Mountain' (Photo courtesy: Opera Philadelphia)

Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain (c) Opera Philadelphia

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Pina Bausch’s Final Dance Work Comes to London

12/02/2016

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Various composers, “…como el musguito en la piedra, ay si, si, si” (Like moss on a stone):  Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Sadler’s Wells, London, 11.2.2016 (J.O’D)

 

Pina Bausch Como el musguito en la piedra; photo credit, Laszlo Szito.

Pina Bausch Como el musguito en la piedra; photo credit, Laszlo Szito.

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Fidelio at the Staatsoper: Fine Singing but an Unsatisfactory Staging

12/02/2016

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Beethoven, Fidelio: Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Chorus, Zubin Mehta (conductor), Nationaltheater,  Munich, 10.2.2016. (JMI)

Fidelio

Bieito’s Fidelio © Wilfried Hösl

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An Intriguing Premiere in Munich of a Much-Anticipated Opera

10/02/2016

GermanyGermany Srnka, South PoleBayerisches Staatsorchester, Kirill Petrenko (conductor), Nationaltheater, Munich, 9.2.2016 (JMI)

© Wilfried Hösl

© Wilfried Hösl

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Back to the Seventies! Wolfgang Rihm’s Impressive and Incomprehensible Die Hamletmaschine

10/02/2016

SwitzerlandSwitzerland Rihm: Die Hamletmaschine:  Soloists, Chorus of the Zurich Opera, Philharmonie Zurich, Gabriel Feltz (conductor), Zürich Opernhaus, Zurich, 07.02.2016 (RP)

Rihm: Die Hamletmaschine, Zurich (c) Tanja Dorendorf

Rihm: Die Hamletmaschine, Zurich
(c) Tanja Dorendorf

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The Liceu Mounts a Disappointing Verdi Otello Across Two Casts

09/02/2016

SpainSpain Verdi, Otello: Liceu Orchestra and Chorus, Philippe Auguin (conductor), Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, 5 & 7.2.2016. (JMI)

Otello2

Otello © A. Bofill

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Ellen Kent’s Perceptive and Entertaining Tosca Makes Strong Impression

08/02/2016

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Puccini, Tosca Soloists of Chisinau National Opera, Members of the Orchestra of the National Opera & Ballet Theatre of Moldova ‘Maria Biesu’ and National Philharmonic of Moldova ‘Serghei Lunchevici’, Vasyl Vasylenko (conductor),  Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 7.2.2016 (MC)

 

Tosca; (c) Ellen Kent Productions

             Tosca; (c) Ellen Kent Productions

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ENO’s Magic Flute Lacks Depth Despite Superb Ensemble Work

08/02/2016

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Mozart, Die Zauberflöte: (sung in English as The Magic Flute): Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of English National Orchestra/Mark Wigglesworth (conductor), London Coliseum, 5.2.2016. (CC)

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ENO’s The Magic Flute Allan Clayton (Tamino) & Lucy Crowe (Pamina)
(c) Robbie Jack

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