Impeccable Dancing in BRB’s Coppélia


  Delibes, Coppélia: Dancers of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, conducted by Koen Kessels, produced by Sir Peter Wright, London Coliseum, London, 15.3.2012. (JPr)

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Persuasive Dancing but Less Successful Score in Beauty and the Beast


 Various Composers, Beauty and the Beast: Northern Ballet/David Nixon (choreography, direction ) and Northern Ballet Sinfonia/ John Pryce-Jones. (conductor), Edinburgh Festival Theatre, 15.3.2012 (SRT) Read more

Promising Singers in Offbeat Version of Mozart’s Magic Flute


Mozart, Die Zauberflöte: Soloists, Royal Academy Opera Chorus, Royal Academy Sinfonia, Jane Glover (conductor). Sir Jack Lyons Theatre, Royal Academy of Music, London, 14.3.2012 (MB) Read more

Dancing and Music of the Highest Order in BRB’s Ashton Double Bill


  Frederick Ashton ‘Spring Passions’ Double Bill, Daphnis and Chloë and The Two Pigeons: Dancers of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, conducted by Koen Kessels. London Coliseum, London, 13.3.2012. (JPr) Read more

Wild Thing, She Makes Your Heart Sing; Meow


Manuel Penella: El gato montés: Soloists, Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, Coro del Teatro de la Zarzuela, Óliver Díaz (conductor), Teatro de la Zarzuela, Madrid, 3.3.2012 (JMI) Read more

Stagecraft Dominates in Seattle Opera’s Orphée et Eurydice


  Gluck, Orphée et Eurydice: Seattle Opera, soloists, Gary Thor Wedow (conductor), Jose Maria Condemi (director), Phillip Lienau (sets), Heidi Zamora (costumes), Connie Yun (lighting), Joyce Degenfelder (hair and makeup design), Yannis Adoniou (choreography), Beth Kirchhoff (chorus master), Philip A. Kelsey and David McDade (musical preparation), McCaw Hall, Seattle, 25 & 29.2.2012 (BJ) Read more

Banal Libretto and Unadventurous Score Mar Judith Weir’s New Opera


  Judith Weir, Miss Fortune (British premiere): Soloists, Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Paul Daniel (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 12.3.2012 (MB) Read more

Memories of Another Past: Stefan Herheim’s La bohème


Giacomo Puccini, La bohème: Soloists, Norwegian National Opera Orchestra, Chorus, and Children’s Chorus, Eivind Gullberg Jensen (conductor), Oslo Opera, 23.1.2012 (JFL) Read more

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