ENO’s Triumphant Akhnaten Revival Shrouds Audiences in Minimalism and Provides Balm

13/02/2019

Glass, Akhnaten (performed in Egyptian, Akkadian, Hebrew and English): Soloists, Gandini Juggling Company, Chorus and Orchestra of English National Opera / Karen Kamensek (conductor), London Coliseum, 11.2.2019. (CC)

Anthony Roth Costanza (Akhnaten) © Jane Hobson.

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World Premiere of Casablancas’s Intriguing L’enigma di Lea at the Liceu

12/02/2019

Benet Casablancas, L’enigma di Lea: Liceu Chorus and Orchestra / Josep Pons (conductor), Gran Theatre del Liceu, Barcelona, 10.2.2019. (JMI)

Liceu’s L’enigma di Lea © A. Bofill

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An Uneven Presentation of Verdi’s Rarely Heard I masnadieri in Valencia

11/02/2019

Verdi, I masnadieriGeneralitat Valenciana Chorus, Comunitat Valenciana Orchestra / Roberto Abbado (conductor), Palau de les Arts, Valencia, 9.2.2019. (JMI)

I masnadieri © M. Lorenzo & M. Ponce

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A Superb Cast, Led by Amanda Majeski, for the Royal Opera’s Katya Kabanova

11/02/2019

Janáček – Katya Kabanova: Soloists, Royal Opera Chorus (chorus master: William Spaulding), Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Edward Gardner (conductor). Royal Opera House, London, 9.2.2019. (MB)

Susan Bickley (Kabanicha) & Amanda Majeski (Katya) (c) ROH/Clive Barda

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Opera Warwick’s Entertaining La vie Parisienne Was Full of Ingenious Ideas

10/02/2019

Offenbach, La vie Parisienne: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Opera Warwick  /  Laurie Duncan (conductor). Warwick Arts Centre Theatre, Coventry, 7.1.2019. (RD)

Gabrielle (Naomi Awre) in Opera Warwick’s La vie Parisienne
(c) Gabrielė Stravinskaitė

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A Blood-Drenched Elektra in Chicago

08/02/2019

 R. Strauss, Elektra: Soloists, Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago / Donald Runnicles (conductor). Civic Opera House, Chicago. 2.2.2019. (JLZ)

Nina Stemme as Elektra at Lyric Opera of Chicago (c) Cory Weaver

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Smart and Lean Grand Macabre Makes the Case for Ligeti in Zurich

07/02/2019

Ligeti, Le Grand Macabre: Soloists and Chorus of the Opernhaus Zürich, Philharmonia Zürich / Tito Ceccherini (conductor), Opernhaus Zürich, Zurich, 3.2.2019. (CCr)

Zurich Opera’s Le Grand Macabre (c) Herwig Prammer

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Memorable Singing as Paris Opéra Stages Carsen’s Rusalka

05/02/2019

Dvořák, Rusalka: Soloists, Chorus of the Opéra national de Paris (chorus master: Alessandro di Stefano), Orchestra of the Opéra national de Paris / Susanna Mälkki (conductor). Opéra Bastille, Paris, 29.1.2019. (MB)

Paris Opéra’s Rusalka (c) Guergana Damianova/Opéra national de Paris

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