Verve, Passion and Intense Drama at the Cinema from Royal Opera’s Norma

28/09/2016

The ROH Live Cinema Season 2016/17 – Bellini, Norma: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of The Royal Opera / Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor). Directed for the screen by Jonathan Haswell and broadcast to Cineworld Basildon from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 26.9.2016. (JPr)

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Norma Act I (c) Bill Cooper

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Lack of Coherence Between Music and Production in Covent Garden’s Così fan tutte

26/09/2016

Mozart, Così fan tutte: Soloists, Royal Opera Chorus (chorus master: William Spaulding), Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Semyon Bychkov (conductor). Royal Opera House, London, 22.9.2016. (MB)

Così fan tutte The Royal Opera 22 September—19 October 2016 Main Stage  Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Cast: Corinne Winters Angela Brower Daniel Behle Alessio Arduini Johannes Martin Kränzle Sabina Puértolas Creative Team: Libretto - Lorenzo da Ponte Conductor - Semyon Bychkov Director - Jan Philipp Gloger Set Designer - Ben Baur Costume Designer - Karin Jud Lighting Designer - Bernd Purkrabek Dramaturg - Katharina John

The Royal Opera’s Così fan tutte (c) ROH/Stephen Cummiskey

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Haydn and Mysliveček Provide a Memorable Evening, Full of Delights

21/09/2016

Haydn, Mysliveček: Susanna Hurrell (Gasparina); Rachel Kelly (Apollonia); Kitty Whately (Don Ettore); Robert Murray (Don Pelagio); Orchestra of Classical Opera/Ian Page. Wigmore Hall, London, 19.9.2016. (CC) Read more

Bampton Classical Opera Come to Town with Gluck and Arne Operas

21/09/2016

 Gluck, Bauci e Filemone & Arne, The Judgment of Paris (sung in English): Soloists, CHROMA, Paul Wingfield (conductor). St John’s, Smith Square, London, 13.9.2016. (MB) Read more

André Tchaikowsky Makes an Important Contribution to Shakespearean Opera with his Merchant of Venice

20/09/2016

André Tchaikowsky, The Merchant of Venice:  (UK Premiere) Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Lionel Friend (conductor), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 16.9.2016. (GPu)

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Martin Wolfel (Antonio) and Lester Lynch (Shylock) in The Mechant of Venice
Photo credit Johan Persson

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Young Singers Perform an Immensely Creative Barber of Seville

18/09/2016

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Rossini 2016 Festival – The Barber of Seville:  Rossini 2016 Festival Soloists, Orchestra and Chorus, Gaetano Lo Coco (Conductor), Cadogan Hall, London, 12.9.2016. (RB) Read more

Oliver Mears’ Poorly Thought Out Macbeth Doesn’t Inhibit some Fine Singing and Playing

15/09/2016

Verdi, Macbeth:  (Company Production Premiere) Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Andriy Yurkevich (conductor), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 10.9.2016. (GPu)

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WNO’s Macbeth (c) Richard Hubert Smith

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Good Singing in Rossini’s Il barbiere but Orchestral Contribution was Below Par

15/09/2016

Rossini, Il barbiere di Siviglia: Cast, Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Henrik Nánási (conductor), Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 13.9.2016. (CC)

Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Royal Opera House on 10.9.16

The Royal Opera’s Il barbiere di Siviglia (c) Mark Douet

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