Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice: Dancing with the Spirits at LA Opera

12/03/2018

Gluck, Orpheus and Eurydice: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of LA Opera / James Conlon (conductor), Artists of Joffrey Ballet, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, 10.3.2018. (JRo)

Lisette Oropesa (l) &Maxim Mironov (r) (c) Ken Howard

Lisette Oropesa (l) & Maxim Mironov (r) (c) Ken Howard

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Aida at the Teatro Real with Three Casts and Some Brilliant Singers

11/03/2018

Verdi, Aida: Teatro Real Chorus and Orchestra / Nicola Luisotti (conductor), Teatro Real, Madrid, 7, 8 & 9.3.2018. (JMI)

Aida (First Cast) © J. del Real

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The Met’s Semiramide Lacks Dramatic Tension Despite Some Beautiful Singing

11/03/2018

Rossini, Semiramide: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Metropolitan Opera, New York / Maurizio Benini (conductor). Broadcast Live in HD from the Metropolitan Opera to Cineworld Basildon, Essex, 10.3.2018. (JPr)

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Semiramide Act I (c) Ken Howard/Met Opera

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Berlioz Meets Shakespeare in an Ideal Hybrid

08/03/2018

Berlioz, Beatrice and Benedict: Soloists and Chorus of Seattle Opera, Seattle Symphony / Ludovic Morlot (conductor), Seattle, Washington, 3.3.2018. (ZC)

Andrew Owens (Benedict) & Hanna Hipp (Beatrice) in Beatrice and Benedict (c) Jacob F. Lucas

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Newbury and His Colleagues Deliver a Riveting Faust

07/03/2018

Gounod, Faust: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Lyric Opera of Chicago / Emmanuel Villaume (conductor), Chicago. 3.3.2018. (JLZ)

 The cast of Gounod's Faust (Photo: Cory Weaver)

The cast of Gounod’s Faust (c) Cory Weaver

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Some Pleasing Voices in an Otherwise Unmemorable Staging of Rigoletto

06/03/2018

Verdi, Rigoletto: Frankfurter Opern- und Museumorchester, Oper Frankfurt Chorus / Simone di Felice (conductor), Opernhaus, Frankfurt, 4.3.2018. (JMI)

Oper Frankfurt’s Rigoletto © M. Rittershaus

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New Heinz Holliger Opera Not For The Faint-Hearted

06/03/2018

Heinz Holliger, Lunea: Soloists, Basler Madrigalisten, Philharmonia Zurich / Heinz Holliger (conductor), Zurich Opera, Zurich. 4.3.2018. (JR)

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A Convincing Performance of Weinberg’s Remarkable, Intense Opera, Die Passagierin

05/03/2018

Weinberg, Die Passagierin (The Passenger): Frankfurter Opern- und Museumorchester, Oper Frankfurt Chorus / Leo Hussain (conductor), Opernhaus, Frankfurt, 3.3.2018. (JMI)

Die Passagierin © B. Aumüller

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