A Delightful Double-Feature of Holst and Ullmann at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland


Holst and Ullmann: Orchestra of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland / Lionel Friend (conductor), Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, 20.1.2018. (SRT)

Savitri (c) Robert McFadzean Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Sāvitri (c) Robert McFadzean/Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

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A Welcome Revival of Opera North’s Magnificent Madama Butterfly


Puccini, Madama Butterfly: Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North / Martin Pickard (conductor), Leeds Grand Theatre, Leeds, 19.1.2018. (JL)

Ann Sophie Duprels (Cio-Cio-San) & Merūnas Vitulskis (Pinkerton) (c) Richard H Smith

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A Rewarding Performance of Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse by the ROH


Monteverdi, Il ritorno d’Ulysse in patriaCast, The Return of Ulysses Community Ensemble, Thurrock Community Chorus,  Orchestra of the Early Opera Company / Christian Curnyn (conductor), Roundhouse, London, 10.1.2018. (CC)

Roderick Williams as Ulysses (c) ROH Roundhouse; photo by Stephen Cummiskey.

Roderick Williams as Ulysses (c) ROH Roundhouse/Stephen Cummiskey

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An Ugly, Lovely, Opera: Salome Returns to Covent Garden


Strauss, Salome: Soloists and Orchestra of Royal Opera / Henrik Nánási (conductor), Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 8.1.2018. (JPr)

John Daszak (Herod) & Malin Byström (Salome) (c) Clive Barda

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Alexander Joel Conducts a Well-Balanced Revival of the Royal Opera’s Rigoletto


Verdi, Rigoletto: Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Alexander Joel (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 14.12.2017. (CC)


Dimitri Platanias as Rigoletto © ROH/Mark Douet

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Swiftly Flowing and Straightforward RNCM Production of Cendrillon


Massenet, Cendrillon (Cinderella): Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra of Royal Northern College of Music / Martin André (conductor). RNCM Theatre, Manchester. 12.12.2017. (MC)

Cendrillon - Music by Jules Massenet - Libretto by Henri Cain - RNCM Opera - 6th December 2017 Conductor - Martin André Director - Olivia Fuchs Designer - Yannis Thavoris Lighting Designer - Matt Haskins

Caroline Taylor as Cendrillon (c) Robert Workman

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RNCM’s Excellent Staging and Sung Performance of a Too Rarely Seen French Opera


Massenet, Cendrillon: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Royal Northern College of Music / Martin André (conductor). RNCM Opera Theatre.6.12.2017. (RJF)


RNCM’s Cendrillon (c) Robert Workman

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Michieletto’s Cav & Pag for Royal Opera is Wonderfully Revived, Cast, Sung and Conducted


Mascagani, Cavalleria rusticana & Leoncavallo, Pagliacci: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Daniel Oren (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 2.12.2017. (JPr)

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Cavalleria rusticana: Martina Belli (Lola) & Bryan Hymel (Turiddu) (c) Catherine Ashmore

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