In Chicago, after 30 years, a welcome return of Luisa Miller

18/10/2019

Verdi, Luisa Miller: Soloists, Orchestra of Lyric Opera of Chicago / Enrique Mazzola (conductor). Civic Opera House, Chicago. 12.10.2019. (JLZ)

Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Luisa Miller (c) Todd Rosenberg

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Giving the devil his due, Zurich revives a riotous Der Freischütz

17/10/2019

Weber: Der Freischütz: Soloists and Chorus of the Opernhaus Zürich / Axel Kober (conductor), Opernhaus Zürich, Zurich, 29.9.2019 and 4.10.2019. (CCr)

Zurich Opera’s Der Freischütz (c) Hans Jörg Michel

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A fine, unsettling production of Katya Kabanova in Berlin

16/10/2019

Janáček, Katya Kabanova: Soloists, Staatsopernchor Berlin (chorus director: Martin Wright), Staatskapelle Berlin / Thomas Guggeis (conductor). Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin, 12.10.2019. (MB)

Staatsoper Berlin,
Katja Kabanova: (credit: Bernd Uhlig)

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Admirable musical performances but an effortful new Don Pasquale production at Covent Garden

16/10/2019

Donizetti, Don Pasquale: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Evelino Pidò (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 14.10.2019. (CC)

Bryn Terfel (Don Pasquale) and Olga Peretyatko (Norina) (c) Clive Barda

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Opéra Royal de Versailles’ revival of Grétry’s Richard Coeur de Lion is an unmissable and revelatory experience

16/10/2019

Grétry, Richard Coeur de Lion: Soloists, Ballet of Opéra Royal, Versailles; Chorus and Orchestra of Le Concert Spirituel / Hervé Niquet (conductor). Opéra Royal de Versailles, France, 10.10.2019. (CC)

Opéra Royal de Versailles’ Richard Coeur de Lion (c) Agathe Poupeney

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An American Figaro in San Francisco — and it works

15/10/2019

Mozart, Le nozze di Figaro: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of San Francisco Opera / Henrik Nánási (conductor), War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco. 11.10.2019. (HS)

San Francisco Opera’s Le nozze di Figaro (c) Corey Weaver

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Standout performances from Yusif Eyvazov and Eleonora Buratto in memorable Nézet-Séguin-led Met Turandot

13/10/2019

Puccini, Turandot: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera / Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor). Broadcast live to the Everyman Cinema, Chelmsford, Essex, from the Metropolitan Opera, New York, 12.10.2019. (JPr)

The Met’s Turandot (c) Marty Sohl

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An Aida with potential in Geneva

13/10/2019

Verdi, Aida: Soloists, Choir of Grand Théâtre de Genève (chorus master : Alan Woodbridge), Orchestre de la Suisse Romande / Antonio Fogliani (conductor), Grand Theâtre de Genève, 12.10.2019. (ALL)

Elena Stikhina (Aida) (c) Samuel Rubio

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