Welsh National Opera Fascinates with Tchaikowsky’s Merchant of Venice

22/07/2017

André Tchaikowsky, The Merchant of Venice: Soloists; Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Lionel Friend. Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 19.7.2017. (CC)

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Martin Wölfel (Antonio) and Lester Lynch (Shylock) (c) Johan Persson

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Comedic Leoncavallo: Another Success at Opera Holland Park

22/07/2017

 Leoncavallo, Zazà: Soloists; Opera Holland Park Chorus; City of London Sinfonia / Peter Robinson. Opera Holland Park, London, 18.7.2017. (CC)

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Zazà at Opera Holland Park (c) Robert Workman

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A Disappointing New Production of Il trovatore at the Liceu

21/07/2017

Verdi, Il trovatore: Liceu Orchestra and Chorus / Daniele Callegari (conductor), Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, 18 & 20.7.2017. (JMI)

Il trovatore © A. Bofill

Il trovatore © A. Bofill

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The Cradle Will Rock with Orchestra, Just as Blitzstein Intended

20/07/2017

Blitzstein, The Cradle Will Rock: Opera Saratoga Orchestra and Chorus / John Mauceri (conductor). Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Springs, 16.7.2017. (RP)

Ginger Costa-Jackson as Moll in The Cradle Will Rock © Gary David Gold

Ginger Costa-Jackson as Moll in The Cradle Will Rock
© Gary David Gold

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A Tremendous Performance but Pinocchio at Aix Seemed Neither for Children Nor Adults

19/07/2017

Festival d’Aix-en-Provence [4] – Boesmans, Pinocchio: Soloists, Klangforum Wien / Emilio Pomarico (conductor). Grand Théâtre de Provence, Aix, 14.7.2017. (MB)

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Pinocchio at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence 2017 © Patrick Berger/artcompress

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All Joking Aside, Two Outstanding Performances Make for an Extraordinary Falstaff

18/07/2017

Verdi, Falstaff: Opera Saratoga Orchestra and Chorus / Craig Kier (conductor), Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Springs, NY, 15.7.2017. (RP)

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Michael Chioldi (Ford) & Craig Colclough (Sir John Falstaff) © Gary David Gold

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Lisette Oropesa is Outstanding in Glyndebourne’s Admirable Don Pasquale Revival

18/07/2017

2017 Glyndebourne Festival [2] – Donizetti, Don Pasquale: Soloists and Chorus of Glyndebourne Festival Opera, London Philharmonic Orchestra / Giacomo Sagripanti (conductor), Glyndebourne, 15.7.2017. (RB)

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Dr Malatesta (Andrey Zhilikhovsky), Norina (Lisette Oropesa) and Don Pasquale (Renato Girolami)
(c) Bill Cooper

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Involvement versus Mimicry

17/07/2017

Verdi, Massenet, Mascagni, Richard Strauss, Rossini, Mozart: Artists of The Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / David Syrus, James Hendry, Matthew Scott Rogers (conductors).  Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 16.7.2017. (JB)

Jette Parker Young Artists summer performance; Royal Opera House; Covent Garden; London, UK; 14 July 2017; Mascagni: L’amico Fritz, Act II (‘Cherry’ Duet) Conductor: David Syrus Suzel: Francesca Chiejina Fritz: Thomas Atkins Photo: © ROH Photographer: CLIVE BARDA

Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz Act II (‘Cherry’ Duet)
Francesca Chiejina (Suzel) & Thomas Atkins (Fritz) © ROH/Clive Barda

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