Replacing Tilson Thomas, Brabbins Creates French Magic in San Francisco

02/07/2019

Debussy, Fauré, Ravel: Soloists, Young Women’s Chorus of San Francisco (director: Susan McMane), San Francisco Boys Chorus (director: Ian Robertson), San Francisco Symphony Chorus (director: Ragnar Bohlin), San Francisco Symphony / Martyn Brabbins (conductor), Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco. 27.6.2019. (HS)

Martyn Brabbins (c) Ben Ealovega

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Much to Fascinate and Celebrate in the Royal Opera’s Figaro at Covent Garden

01/07/2019

Mozart, Le nozze di Figaro: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Sir John Eliot Gardiner (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 29.6.2019. (CC)

Joėlle Harvey (Susanna) & Simon Keenlyside (Count) (c) ROH/ Mark Douet

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Nicola Luisotti Conducts Riveting La forza del destino in Paris

28/06/2019

Verdi, La forza del destino:  Soloists, Orchestra and Chorus of L’Opéra National de Paris / Nicola Luisotti (conductor)/ Opéra Bastille, Paris, 25.6.2019. (RP)

Željko Lučić (Don Carlo) & Carlo Cigni (Marchese di Calatrava) (c) Julien Benhamou

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Balfe’s One-Acter Gets a Rare Performance in the Isle of Man

27/06/2019

Michael Balfe, The Sleeping Queen: Soloists, Una Hunt (music director/producer, piano).The Erin Arts Centre, Port Erin, Isle of Man  22.6.2019. (RJW)

Michael Balfe’s The Sleeping Queen

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Longborough’s Anna Bolena Continues the 2019 Season’s Success

27/06/2019

Longborugh Festival Opera 2019 [2] – Donizetti,  Anna Bolena: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Longborough Festival Opera / Jeremy Silver (conductor). Longborough, Gloucestershire,  25. 6. 2019. (CP)

Linda Richardson (Anna Bolena) & Lukas Jakobski (King Henry) (c) Matthew Williams Ellis

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Uneven Zurich Opera Nabucco Disappoints on a Number of Scores

26/06/2019

Verdi, Nabucco: Soloists, Chorus of the Zurich Opera, Philharmonia Zurich / Fabio Luisi (conductor), Zurich Opera, Zurich. 23.6.2019. (JR)

Anna Smirnova (Abigaille) and Michael Volle (Nabucco) (c) Monica Rittershaus

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In San Francisco, Dvořák’s Magnificently Dark Fairy Tale

26/06/2019

Dvořák, Rusalka: Soloists, chorus and orchestra of San Francisco Opera / Eun Sun Kim (conductor), War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco. 22.6.2019. (HS)

Rachel Willis-Sørensen (Rusalka) and Kristinn Sigmundsson (Vodník)
(c) Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera)

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Kosky’s Carmen Revival at Covent Garden is a Triumph of Style Over Substance

26/06/2019

Bizet, Carmen: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Julia Jones (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. 24.6.2019. (JPr)

(centre) Anaïk Morel as Carmen (c) Bill Cooper

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