Ekaterina Bakanova Excels in Wexford’s Staging of Mercadante’s Il Bravo

25/10/2018

Wexford Festival Opera 2018 [3] – Saverio Mercadante, Il Bravo:  Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Wexford Festival Opera / Jonathan Brandani (Conductor). National Opera House, Wexford 21.10.2018. (RB)

Alessandro Luciano & Ekaterina Bakanova in Il Bravo (c) Clive Barda

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Zurich Opera’s Die Entführung is an Exercise in Cleverness

25/10/2018

Mozart, Die Entführung aus dem Serail: Soloists and Chorus of the Opernhaus Zürich, Orchestra La Scintilla / Riccardo Minasi (conductor), Opernhaus Zürich, Zurich, 21.10.2018. (CCr)

Die Entführung aus dem Serail (c) Tanja Dorendorf

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A Minimalist Opera in a Minimalist Production

24/10/2018

Saariaho, Only the Sound Remains: Meta 4 Quartet, Theatre of Voices / Ivor Bolton (conductor), Teatro Real, Madrid, 23.10.2018. (JMI)

Philippe Jaroussky, Davone Tines, Nora Kimball-Mentzos
in Only the Sound Remains © J. del Real

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Stark Realism and Perfect Casting Make for an Unforgettable Jenůfa

24/10/2018

Janáček, Jenůfa: Soloists, Chorus, Ballet and Orchestra of The National Theatre / Jaroslav Kyzlink (conductor), The National Theatre, Prague, 19.10.2018. (RP)

Alžběta Poláčková as Jenůfa © National Theatre Prague

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Polenzani Excels in Title Role of Idomeneo

24/10/2018

Mozart, Idomeneo: Soloists, Chorus, Lyric Opera of Chicago / Sir Andrew Davis (conductor). Civic Opera House, Chicago. 20.10.2018. (JLZ)

Matthew Polenzani in Idomeneo
(c) Kyle Flubacker

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No Gimmicks Just Sheer Professionalism from McVicar’s Traviata for WNO

24/10/2018

Verdi, La traviataSoloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera/ James Southall (conductor). Theatre Cymru, Llandudno, 19.10.2018. (RJF)

Kang Wang (Alfredo) & Linda Richardson (Violetta). (c) Betina Skovbro

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Wexford’s European Premiere of William Bolcom’s Dinner at Eight

23/10/2018

Wexford Festival Opera 2018 [2] – William Bolcom, Dinner at Eight:  Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Wexford Festival Opera / David Agler (conductor), National Opera House, Wexford, 20.10.2018. (RB)

Dinner at Eight (c) Clive Barda

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WNO’s Enjoyable Cenerentola has a Rare Operatic Happy Ending

23/10/2018

Rossini. La Cenerentola: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Tomáš Hanus (conductor). Theatre Cymru, Llandudno, 19.10.2018. (RJF)

Tara Erraught (Angelina) & Rats (c) JaneHobson

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