Iain Bell’s New Opera Gives Musical Expression to David Jones’ Epic World War I Poem


Bell, In Parenthesis: (sung in English, Welsh, Latin and medieval Welsh) Soloists; Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera/Carlo Rizzi  (conductor), Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 29.6.2016 (CC)

Photo credit: Bill Cooper.   Private John Ball; Andrew Bidlack, Bard of Brittannia_HQ Officer; Peter Coleman_Wright, Bard of Germania_Alice the Barmaid_The Queen of the Woods; Alexandra Deshorties, Lieutenant Jenkins; George Humphreys, Lance Corporal Lewis; Marcus Farnsworth, Sergeant Snell; Mark Le Brocq, Dai Greatcoat; Donald Maxwell, The Marne Sergeant ;Graham Clark,   Cast & Creative  Conductor; Carlo Rizzi, Director; David Pountney, Designer; Robert Innes Hopkins, Lighting Designer; Malcolm Rippeth,

Photo credit: Bill Cooper.

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Superb Playing and Singing from Opera North in Die Walküre


Wagner, Die Walküre:  Soloists, Orchestra of Opera North, Richard Farnes (Conductor), Royal Festival Hall, London, 29.06.16. (RB)

Michael Weinus as Siegmund and Lee Bisset as Sieglinde;  Photo credit: Clive Barda.

Michael Weinus as Siegmund and Lee Bisset as Sieglinde;
Photo credit: Clive Barda.

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Opera North’s Magnificent Das Rheingold Comes to London


Wagner Das Rheingold – semi-staged concert performance: Soloists and Orchestra of Opera North / Richard Farnes (conductor). Royal Festival Hall, London, 28.6.2016. (CC)

DAS RHEINGOLD by Wagner;Opera North;Leeds Town Hall; Leads, UK;21 April 2016;YVONNE HOWARD  as Fricka (left);GISELLE ALLEN as Freia;MATS ALMGREN as Fafner;Credit: © CLIVE BARDA/ ArenaPAL;

ON’s Das Rheingold Yvonne Howard (Fricka), Giselle Allen (Freia) & Mats Almgren (Fafner)
© Clive Barda/ArenaPAL

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Glyndebourne Captures Earthiness of The Cunning Little Vixen


Janáček, The Cunning Little Vixen: Soloists, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Glyndebourne Chorus, Jakub Hrůša (Conductor), Glyndebourne, 25.06.16. (RB)


The Cunning Little Vixen (c) Richard Hubert Smith

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A Thought-Provoking Marriage of Figaro at Longborough


Mozart, Le Nozze di Figaro: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Longborough Festival Opera / Robert Houssart (conductor), Longborough, 29.6.2016. (RJ)

Grant Doyle (Figaro) and Beate Mondal (Susanna) (c) Matthew Williams-Ellis

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ENO’s Jenůfa Presents Human Tragedy that is Out of the Ordinary


Janáček, Jenůfa: Soloists, Chorus of the English National Opera (chorus master: Stephen Harris), Orchestra of the English National Opera / Mark Wigglesworth (conductor). London Coliseum, London, 23.6.2016. (MB)

ENO Jenufa: Soraya Mafi, Natalie Herman, Laura Wilde and Peter Hoare (c) Donald Cooper.

ENO Jenufa: Soraya Mafi, Natalie Herman, Laura Wilde and Peter Hoare (c) Donald Cooper.

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Splendid Rossini Opera Pops Up in a Tunnel Shaft…..not a Barber’s Shop


Rossini, Il barbiere di Siviglia: Pop-Up Opera, Berrak Dyer (musical director, piano). Thames Tunnel Shaft, Brunel Museum, London, 21.6.2016. (MB) Read more

Wonderful Singing Makes The Royal Opera’s Revival of Werther Worthwhile


Massenet, Werther: Soloists, chorus and orchestra of The Royal Opera / Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 19.6.2016. (JPr)

WERTHER_THE ROYAL OPERA; ROH, Werther; Vittorio Grigolo, Charlotte; Joyce DiDonato, Albert; David Bizic, Sophie; Heather Engebretson, Le Bailli; Jonathan Summers, Johann; Yuriy Yurchuk, Schmidt; François Piolino, Bruhlmann; Rick Zwart, Kathchen; Emily Edmonds,

Werther Act IV (c) Bill Cooper

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