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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Initial Misses Give Way to Big Hit: Scottish Opera’s Ariadne auf Naxos

08/04/2018

Strauss, Ariadne auf Naxos: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Scottish Opera / Brad Cohen (conductor), Edinburgh Festival Theatre, 7.4.2018. (SRT)

Laura Zigmantaite, Mardi Byers, Elizabeth Cragg and Lucy Hall in Ariadne auf Naxos
(c) Richard Campbell

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The Vienna State Opera Marks the Einem Centenary by Reviving Dantons Tod

08/04/2018

Einem, Dantons Tod: Soloists, Vienna State Opera Chorus (chorus master: Martin Schebesta), Vienna State Opera Orchestra / Susanna Mälkki (conductor). Vienna State Opera, 3.4.2018. (MB)

Danton’s Tod (c) Wiener Staatsoper/Michael Pöhn

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Attila at the Liceu: a Bel Canto Feast

08/04/2018

Verdi, Attila (concert performance): Liceu Orchestra and Chorus / Speranza Scappucci (conductor), Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, 6.4.2018. (JMI)

Attila © A. Bofill

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A New Production of Verdi’s Il corsaro Takes the Stage in Valencia

06/04/2018

Verdi, Il corsaro: Generalitat Valenciana Chorus, Comunitat Valenciana Orchestra / Fabio Biondi (conductor), Palau de Les Arts, Valencia, 5.4.2018. (JMI)

Il corsaro © M. Lorenzo and M. Ponce

Il corsaro © M. Lorenzo and M. Ponce

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The Met’s Così fan tutte Redeemed by Fine Musical Performances

03/04/2018

Mozart, Così fan tutte: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York / David Robertson (Conductor), Broadcast live to the Dundonald Omniplex Cinema, Belfast, from the Metropolitan Opera, New York, 31.3.2018. (RB)

Serena Malfi (Dorabella) in Così fan tutte (c) Marty Sohl

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Turnage’s New Opera for Children Skilfully Avoids Condescension

01/04/2018

Turnage, Coraline: Soloists, Britten Sinfonia / Sian Edwards (conductor). Barbican Theatre, London, 31.3.2018. (MB)

Kitty Whately (Other Mother), Alexander Robin Baker (Other Father) & Mary Bevan (Coraline)
© Stephen Cummiskey

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