Singers Excel in an Inert Boris Godunov Concert

15/06/2018

Mussorgsky, Boris Godunov (1869 version): Soloists, San Francisco Symphony Chorus (Ragnar Bohlin [director]), Pacific Boychoir  (Andrew Brown [director]), San Francisco Symphony / Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor), Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco. 14.6.2018. (HS)

Soloists, San Francisco Symphony & Michael Tilson Thomas (c) Cory Weaver

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Rarely Performed Donizetti Farce Introduces Fine Young Voices

15/06/2018

Donizetti, I pazzi per progetto: Soloists, Aimi Sugo (piano), Gerald Karni (viola), Rosamund van der Westhuizen (cello), Raul Castro Estévez (clarinet), Karin Yamaguchi (horn), / Caspar Deichmann (conductor), Opernverein Zürich, Theater im Seefeld, Zurich, 14.6.2018 (JR)

Photo credit: Rémy Bourgeois

Donizetti’s I pazzi per progetto (c) Rémy Bourgeois

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Communing with the Dead at the Premiere of David Hertzberg’s The Rose Elf

15/06/2018

New York Opera Fest – Hertzberg, The Rose Elf: Soloists and Orchestra / Teddy Poll (conductor), The Catacombs, Green-Wood Cemetery, New York, 10.6.2018. (RP)

Samantha Hankey as The Rose Elf © Matthew Placek

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A Somewhat Passionless Manon Lescaut at the Liceu

13/06/2018

Puccini, Manon Lescaut: Liceu Orchestra and Chorus / Emmanuel Villaume (conductor), Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, 10 & 11.6.2018. (JMI)

Liceu’s Manon Lescaut © A. Bofill

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Graham Vick Mines Mozart’s Jimi Hendrix Moment in Idomeneo

06/06/2018

Mozart, Idomeneo: Soloists, Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre Ballet, Chorus and Orchestra / Johannes Wildner (conductor), Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, Vilnius, 31.5.2018. (RP)

Paul Nilon as Idomeneo © Martynas Aleksa / Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre

Paul Nilon as Idomeneo © Martynas Aleksa / Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre

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The Monster in the Maze Mesmerises Young and Old

05/06/2018

Jonathan Dove, The Monster in the Maze: Soloists of Gothenburg Opera, amateur choruses, Gothenburg Opera Orchestra and members of Västra Götaland Youth Symphony Orchestra / Martin Nagashima Toft (conductor), Gothenburg Opera main stage, 3.6.2018. (NS)

Daedalus (Anders Lorentzson, left centre) & Theseus (Joakim Bäckström, right centre)
leading the youths through the Labyrinth (c) Tilo Stengel

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A Tosca of High Artistry and Overwhelming Conviction

03/06/2018

Puccini, Tosca: Soloists, Philadelphia Symphonic Choir (director: Joe Miller), Philadelphia Boys Choir (artistic director: Jeffrey R. Smith), Philadelphia Orchestra / Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor), Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, 19.5.2018. (BJ)

Jennifer Rowley (Tosca) & Ambrogio Maestri (Scarpia) (c) Philadelphia Orchestra

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Bayreuth’s 1967 Lohengrin Recreated by the Prague National Opera

02/06/2018

Wagner, Lohengrin: Soloists, National Theatre Chorus and Orchestra / Constantin Trinks (conductor), The National Theatre, Prague. 27.5.2018. (RP)

Dana Burešová (Elsa) in Prague National Opera’s Lohengrin © Patrik Borecký

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