Opera North’s Ring Launched as Full Cycle to Glorious Effect


Wagner, Der Ring des Nibelungen: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North/ Richard Farnes (conductor), Leeds Town Hall, Leeds, 23.4.2016 – 21.5.2016. (JL)

Michael Druitt as Wotan, Jo Polheim as Alberich and Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke as Loge. Photo credit: Clive Barda.

Michael Druitt as Wotan, Jo Polheim as Alberich and Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke as Loge
Photo credit: Clive Barda.

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A Delightful Account of Acis and Galatea


Handel: Soloists, Academy of Ancient Music/Richard Egarr (director/harpsichord), Milton Court, Barbican, London, 21.5.2016 (CC) Read more

ENO’s Enjoyable Madama Butterfly Poses a Few Problems


Puccini, Madama Butterfly: Soloists, Orchestra and Chorus (chorus master: James Henshaw) of the English National Opera / Richard Armstrong (conductor), Coliseum, London, 16.5.2016. (MB)


ENO’s Madam Butterfly with Rena Harms (Butterfly) and Stephanie Windsor-Lewis (Suzuki)
(c) Tom Bowles

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While Not Perfect WNO Realize Ian Bell’s highly ambitious In Parenthesis Well


Bell, In Parenthesis:  (World Premiere) Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Carlo Rizzi (conductor), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 13.5.2016. (GPu)

WNO In Parenthesis. Photo credit - Bill Cooper 925

WNO’s In Parenthesis (c) Bill Cooper

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Strong Performance by Psappha of Mark Simpson’s First Opera Pleasure


Mark Simpson, Pleasure: Soloists, Psappha, Nicholas Kok (conductor). Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, London, 12.5.2016. (MB)

Pleasure Garrett

Lesley Garrett as Val in Pleasure (c) Robert Workman

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Keen, Telling Direction from Marchment in Concert Performance of Il tabarro


Puccini, Il tabarro: Soloists, Chorus (chorus master: William Cole), Melos Sinfonia, Oliver Zeffman (conductor). LSO St Luke’s, London, 1.5.2016. (MB) Read more

No Allowances Needed as Fulham Opera Present Wagner as Wagner


Wagner: Soloists and Orchestra of Fulham Opera/Ben Woodward (conductor). Burlington Danes Academy, Wood Lane, London. 1.5.2016. (JPr) Read more

Astonishing Performance from Sophie Koch in Covent Garden’s Tannhäuser


Wagner, Tannhäuser: (1875 version): Soloists; Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Hartmut Haenchen (conductor), Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 26.4.2016. (CC)


Peter Seiffert as Tannhäuser (c) Clive Barda

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