A Brilliant Bluebeard’s Castle from Spain’s National Orchestra

25/04/2018

Parra, Bartók: Orquesta Nacional de España / David Afkham (conductor), Auditorio de Música, Madrid, 21.4.2018. (JMI)

Bluebeard’s Castle © Orquesta Nacional de España

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Frankfurt Opera’s Das Rheingold Avoids Cheap Sensationalism

24/04/2018

Wagner, Das Rheingold: Soloists, Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra / Sebastian Weigle (conductor), Frankfurt Opera, 19.4.2018. (GT)

Frankfurt Opera’s Das Rheingold (c) Barbara Aumüller

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Reconstructed Monteverdi Brings Humanity to a Venerable Myth

16/04/2018

Monteverdi, L’Orfeo: Soloists, Apollo’s Singers, Apollo’s Fire/Jeannette Sorrell (conductor), Kulas Hall, Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, Ohio, 13.4.2018. (MSJ)

Orfeo (Karim Sulayman) attempts to lead Euridice (Erica Schuller) out of the Underworld in the Apollo's Fire production of Montverdi's L'Orfeo. (Photograph courtesy of Apollo's Fire, copyright Erica Brenner Productions.)

Orfeo (Karim Sulayman) & Euridice (Erica Schuller) (c) Erica Brenner Productions

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Yoncheva, Beczała and Ageless Domingo Headline a Memorable Luisa Miller from the Met

15/04/2018

Verdi, Luisa Miller: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York / Bertrand de Billy (conductor), Met Live in HD broadcast to the Cineworld Basildon, Essex, 14.4.2018. (JPr)

Plácido Domingo (Miller) & Sonya Yoncheva (Luisa) (c) Chris Lee

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Better Late Than Never: Britten’s Gloriana Makes an Impressive Madrid Debut

15/04/2018

Britten, Gloriana: Teatro Real Chorus and Orchestra / Ivor Bolton (conductor), Teatro Real, Madrid, 12 & 13.4.2018. (JMI)

Gloriana © J. del Real

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Scotland – England 1:1, Zurich’s New Maria Stuarda

09/04/2018

Donizetti, Maria StuardaPhilharmonia Zurich / Enrique Mazzola (conductor), Zurich Opera, Zurich 8.4.2018. (JR)

Maria Stuarda (c) Monika Rittershaus

Maria Stuarda (c) Monika Rittershaus

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Vienna State Opera’s Parsifal: Vacuous Production but Strong Musical Performances

09/04/2018

Wagner, Parsifal: Soloists, Children of the Vienna State Opera Opera School, Chorus (chorus master: Martin Schebesta) and Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera / Semyon Bychkov (conductor). Vienna State Opera, 5.4.2018. (MB)

Parsifal © Wiener Staatsoper/Michael Pöhn

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Farcical ‘Barbiere di qualità’ in Gothenburg

09/04/2018

Rossini, Il barbiere di Siviglia: Soloists, male chorus and dancers of Gothenburg Opera, Gothenburg Opera Orchestra / Henrik Schaefer (conductor), Gothenburg Opera, 8.4.2018. (NS)

 ‘Un barbiere di qualità’: Figaro (Luthando Qave). Photo: Mats Bäcker

‘Un barbiere di qualità’: Figaro (Luthando Qave) (c) Mats Bäcker

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