A Minimalist Opera in a Minimalist Production

24/10/2018

Saariaho, Only the Sound Remains: Meta 4 Quartet, Theatre of Voices / Ivor Bolton (conductor), Teatro Real, Madrid, 23.10.2018. (JMI)

Philippe Jaroussky, Davone Tines, Nora Kimball-Mentzos
in Only the Sound Remains © J. del Real

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Stark Realism and Perfect Casting Make for an Unforgettable Jenůfa

24/10/2018

Janáček, Jenůfa: Soloists, Chorus, Ballet and Orchestra of The National Theatre / Jaroslav Kyzlink (conductor), The National Theatre, Prague, 19.10.2018. (RP)

Alžběta Poláčková as Jenůfa © National Theatre Prague

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Polenzani Excels in Title Role of Idomeneo

24/10/2018

Mozart, Idomeneo: Soloists, Chorus, Lyric Opera of Chicago / Sir Andrew Davis (conductor). Civic Opera House, Chicago. 20.10.2018. (JLZ)

Matthew Polenzani in Idomeneo
(c) Kyle Flubacker

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Wexford’s European Premiere of William Bolcom’s Dinner at Eight

23/10/2018

Wexford Festival Opera 2018 [2] – William Bolcom, Dinner at Eight:  Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Wexford Festival Opera / David Agler (conductor), National Opera House, Wexford, 20.10.2018. (RB)

Dinner at Eight (c) Clive Barda

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Elīna Garanča is the Personification of Evil-Seductress Dalila in Saint-Saëns’s Opera at the Met

23/10/2018

Saint-Saëns, Samson et Dalila: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Metropolitan Opera, New York / Sir Mark Elder (conductor). Broadcast Live in HD from the Metropolitan Opera to Everyman Cinema, Chelmsford, Essex, 20.10.2018. (JPr)

Elīna Garanča (Dalila) and Roberto Alagna (Samson) (c) Ken Howard/Met Opera

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A Transformative Staging of Satyagraha

22/10/2018

Glass, Satyagraha: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of LA Opera / Grant Gershon (conductor), Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, 20.10.2018. (JRo)

Sean Pannikkar (Gandhi – left), Patrick Blackwell (Lord Krishna – center)
& Michael J. Hawk (Prince Arjuna – far right) (c) Cory Weaver/LA Opera

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The National Theatre’s Fidelio – Updated but Timeless

22/10/2018

Beethoven, Fidelio: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of The National Theatre / Andreas Sebastian Weiser (conductor), The Estates Theatre, Prague, 18.10.2018. (RP)

Rocco (Oleg Korotkov), Daniel Frank (Florestan) & Melanie Diener (Leonora) © David Sedlecky

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Wexford Enjoys a Splendid Don Pasquale

22/10/2018

Wexford Festival Opera 2018 [1] – Donizetti, Don Pasquale: Soloists of Wexford Festival Opera / Daniella Pellegrino (music director), Clayton Whites Hotel, Wexford, 20.10.2018. (RB)

Wexford Festival Opera’s Don Pasquale (c) Malone Carty

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