Experiments in Opera: ‘Flash Operas’

24/05/2017

Various: David Bloom (musical director), Rob Reese (director), Elyse Kakacek (soprano), Kate Maroney (mezzo-soprano), Timothy Stoddard (tenor), Eric McKeever (baritone). Symphony Space, New York City. 6.5.2017. (DS) Read more

A Fine Performance of Jephtha

22/05/2017

HandelJephtha: Soloists, Holst Singers, Academy of Ancient Music / Stephen Layton (conductor), St John’s Smith Square, London, 20.5.2017. (CC) Read more

‘Thrillingly Heroic’: Welsh-Language Opera Y Tŵr’s Underplays the Symbolism but the Performances Impress

22/05/2017

Guto Puw, Y Tŵr [The Tower] – first performance: Music Theatre Wales Ensemble / Richard Baker (conductor), Vale of Glamorgan Festival (collaboration between Music Theatre Wales and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru), Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, 19.5.2017. (PCG)

 Female - Caryl Hughes; Male - Gwion Thomas; Photo credit - Clive Barda.

Y Tŵr Caryl Hughes (Female) Gwion Thomas (Male) (c) Clive Barda

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A Look at Matthew Bourne’s Early Work

22/05/2017

Various composers, Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures: Dancers of Sir Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Beverly Hills, 20.05.2017. (JRo)

Town and Country. Credit: Casey Kringlen.

Matthew Bourne’s Town and Country (c) Casey Kringlen

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Mikhail Svetlov’s Human, Witty and Wonderful King Dodon in New Opera NYC’s Golden Cockerel

21/05/2017

Rimsky-Korsakov, Golden Cockerel: Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra, New Opera NYC / J. David Jackson (conductor), Sheen Center, Loreto Theater, New York, 18.5.2017. (RP)

Mikhail Svetlov as King Dodon in Golden Cockerel © New Opera NYC.

Mikhail Svetlov as King Dodon in Golden Cockerel © New Opera NYC

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Ravi Shankar’s Fascinating Sukanya

21/05/2017

Ravi Shankar – Sukanya (completed David Murphy/Anoushka Shankar, world premiere run, semi-staged): Soloists; Aakash Odedra Company (Rukmini Vijahakumar, Sanjukta Sinha, Gauri Diwakar, Gaurav Ghatti, dancers); Pirasanna Thevarajah (ghatam, morsing, mrindangam, konnokol); Rajkumar Misra (tabla); Parimal Sadaphal (sitar); Ashwani Shankar (shehnai); M. Balachandar (mrindangam, konnokol); BBC Singers; London Philharmonic Orchestra / David Murphy (conductor). Royal Festival Hall, London, 19.5.2017. (CC)

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A Compelling Modernist Realisation of L’incoronazione di Poppea

20/05/2017

Monteverdi (arr. Kats-Chernin) – L’incoronazione di Poppea: Soloists, Orchestra of the Komische Oper, Berlin / Matthew Toogood (conductor). Komische Oper, Berlin, 19.5.2017. (MB)

Photo credit: Iko Freese.

Komische Oper’s L’incoronazione di Poppea (c) Iko Freese.

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Even After a Long Evening this Superb Account of Ariodante Leaves One Wanting More

19/05/2017

Handel, Ariodante (semi-staged): Soloists, The English Concert / Harry Bicket (conductor/harpsichord). Barbican Hall, London, 16.5.2017. (CC)

Sonia Prina and Mary Bevan; photo credit - Robert Workman

Sonia Prina (Polinesso) & Mary Bevan (Dalinda) in the ECO’s Ariodante (c) Robert Workman

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