Vocal Performances to Treasure Despite Stygian Gloom of Keith Warner’s Covent Garden Otello

29/06/2017

Verdi, Otello: Soloists, Royal Opera Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 28.6.2017. (JPr)

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Otello Act I (c) Catherine Ashmore

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Mariusz Kwiecien and Carlos Álvarez: Two Superb Don Giovannis Lead the Way at the Liceu

28/06/2017

Mozart, Don Giovanni: Liceu Orchestra and Chorus / Josep Pons (conductor), Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, 26 & 27.6.2017. (JMI)

From Don Giovanni © A. Bofill.

Don Giovanni © A. Bofill

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Rousset and Royal Opera Dazzle with Mozart’s Mitridate

28/06/2017

Mozart, Mitridate, rè di Ponto: Cast, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Christophe Rousset (harpsichord). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 26.6.2017. (CC)

Michael Spyres as Mitridate © ROH. Photo by Bill Cooper.

Michael Spyres as Mitridate © ROH/Bill Cooper

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Tancredi Returns to Spain with an Attractive Staging and Agreeable Voices

27/06/2017

Rossini, Tancredi: Comunitat Valenciana Orchestra and Chorus / Roberto Abbado (conductor), Palau de Les Arts, Valencia, 25.6.2017. (JMI)

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Tancredi © Tato Baeza

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Lise Davidsen is Imperious in Katharina Thoma’s Comic and Profound Ariadne auf Naxos

26/06/2017

Glyndebourne Festival 2017 [1] – Richard Strauss, Ariadne auf Naxos: Soloists, London Philharmonic Orchestra / Cornelius Meister (conductor). Glyndebourne, East Sussex. 25.6.2017. (JPr)

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Lise Davidsen (Prima Donna/Ariadne) & Nicholas Folwell (Major-Domo) (c) Robert Workman

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Inconsistent vocals mediated by strong conducting: Verdi’s La traviata at the Royal Opera

26/06/2017

 Verdi, La traviata: Cast, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Maurizio Benini. Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 24.6.2017. (CC)

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Ekaterina Bakanova (Violetta Valéry) & Atalla Ayan (Alfredo) (c) Tristram Kenton

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The Composer Battles Inner Demons in Eifman’s Tchaikovsky

25/06/2017

Tchaikovsky: Boris Eifman (choreographer), Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, 23.6.2017. (JRo)

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Oleg Gabyshev and Maria Abashova in Tchaikovsky (c) Evgeny Matveev

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Simon Keenlyside Leads an Impressive Vienna Cast in Pelléas et Mélisande

22/06/2017

Debussy, Pelléas et Mélisande: Soloists, Vienna State Opera Chorus (chorus master: Martin Schebesta), Vienna State Opera Orchestra / Alain Altinoglu (conductor). Vienna State Opera, 18.6.2017. (MB)

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Mélisande (Olga Bezsmertna) & Pelléas (Adrian Eröd) (c) Wiener Staatsoper/ Michael Pöhn)

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