Spectacular effects from Opera North in supporting a flawed musical drama

27/01/2017

Rimsky-Korsakov, The Snow Maiden: Soloists and Chorus of Opera North/Leo McFall, Grand Theatre, Leeds, 21.1.2017. (JL)

Photo credit: Richard Hubert Smith.

The Ice Maiden (c) Richard Hubert Smith.

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An Excellent Production and Performance of Roméo et Juliette from the Met

25/01/2017

 Gounod, Roméo et Juliette: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera New York / Gianandrea Noseda (conductor), Broadcast live to the Komedia Cinema, Brighton, from the Metropolitan Opera New York, 21.1.2017. (RB)

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Vittorio Grigolo and Diana Damrau in Roméo et Juliette (c) Ken Howard/MetOpera

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William Christie awakens a Sleeping Beauty: Medea in Zurich

24/01/2017

Charpentier, Medea: Soloists and Chorus of Zurich Opera, Orchestra La Scintilla, Members of Les arts florissants / William Christie (conductor), Zurich Opera 22.1.2017. (JR)

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Much to Admire in the LPO’s Fidelio – but not the Misguided Semi-Staging

23/01/2017

Beethoven – Fidelio (semi-staged performance): Soloists, Simon Williams and Helen Ryan (narrators), London Voices, London Philharmonic Orchestra / Vladimir Jurowski. Royal Festival Hall, London 21.1.2017. (JPr)

Fidelio, Belief & Beyond Belief.

LPO’s Fidelio (c) Simon Jay Price

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Jonas Kaufmann Returns from Illness in a Perplexing Production of Lohengrin

23/01/2017

Wagner, Lohengrin: Soloists, Chorus (chorus master: José Luis Basso) and Orchestra of the Opéra national de Paris / Philippe Jordan (conductor). Opéra Bastille, Paris, 21.1.2017. (MB)

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Jonas Kaufmann (Lohengrin) & Martina Serafin (Elsa) (c) Monika Rittershaus/Opéra national de Paris

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Opera Warwick’s Die Fledermaus in Coventry

22/01/2017

Johann Strauss:  Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Opera Warwick / Paul McGrath (conductor), University of Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, UK, 19.1.2017. (RD)

Frank (Michael Green)and the Chorus go to the aid of the floored Eisenstein (Ross Kelly); photo credit - Warwick Opera.

Frank (Michael Green)and the Chorus go to the aid of the floored Eisenstein (Ross Kelly) (c) Peter Marsh/ashmorevisuals

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On Paper Only an Attractive Programme – La Fenice in Zurich

20/01/2017

Rossini, Wagner, Rachmaninov: Vesselina Kasarova (mezzosoprano), Orchestra Filarmonica della Fenice / John Neschling (conductor), Tonhalle, Zurich, 17.1.2016. (JR)

Vesselina Kasarova; Photo credit: Marco Borggreve.

Vesselina Kasarova (c) Marco Borggreve.

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Piortr Beczala as Werther Triumphs at the Liceu

18/01/2017

Massenet, Werther: Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu / Alain Altinoglu (conductor), Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, 15 & 17.1.2017. (JMI)

'Werther' © A. Bofill

Piotr Beczala (Werther) & Anna Caterina Antonacci (Charlotte) in Werther © A. Bofill

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