In Praise of Amateur Opera – Bel Canto Opera’s La Traviata


Verdi ,La Traviata : Soloists, Orchestra and Chorus of Bel Canto Opera, Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham, 16.6.2011 (RJ) Read more

Britten well served by revival of Decker’s Peter Grimes


Britten, Peter Grimes: Soloists, Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Sir Andrew Davis (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 21.6.2011 (MB) Read more

Sellars, Upshaw and Crumb’s Berkeley Commentary on Afghanistan


Crumb, traditional Afghan music: Dawn Upshaw (soprano), red fish bue fish (percussion ensemble), Stephen Schick (percussion), Gil Kalish (piano), The Sakhi Ensemble, presented by Cal Performances, Zellerbach Playhouse, Berkeley, Calif. 16.6.2011 (HS) Read more

Seven Angels with Birmingham Contemporary Music and Opera Group


Bedford (Music) and Maxwell (Words) – Seven Angels: World Premier of joint Opera Production from the Opera Group and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group with Nicholas Collon (Conductor) John Fulljames (Director) Tadasu Takamine (Designer) Jon Clark (Lighting). CBSO Centre, Birmingham, 17 6.2011 (GR) Read more

Back to the Eighties: Reconstructing Lully’s Atys Again


J-B. Lully, Atys: Soloists, Les Arts Florissants, William Christie (conductor). Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux. 19.6.2011 (JMI)

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Haphazard Götterdämmerung fails to light up Paris


Wagner, Götterdämmerung: Soloists, Orchestra and Chorus of the Opéra national de Paris, Philippe Jordan (conductor). Opéra Bastille, Paris, 18.6.2011 (MB) Read more

Outstanding Performances of Contemporary Works at the Cité de la Musique


Fedele, Staud, and Mantovani: Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Robin Meier (IRCAM sound realisation), Franck Berthoux (IRCAM sound engineer), Ensemble Intercontemporain, Susanna Mälkki (conductor). Salle des concerts, Cité de la musique, Paris, 17.6.2011 (MB) Read more

Longborough Festival Opera’s Così with a modern slant


Mozart,  Così fan tutte: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Longborough Festival Opera/Gianluca Marcianò (conductor), Longborough, 16.6.2011 (RJ) Read more

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