Admirable musical performances but an effortful new Don Pasquale production at Covent Garden

16/10/2019

Donizetti, Don Pasquale: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Evelino Pidò (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 14.10.2019. (CC)

Bryn Terfel (Don Pasquale) and Olga Peretyatko (Norina) (c) Clive Barda

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Emma Rice’s #MeToo ENO Orpheus in the Underworld is bleached of all its inherent charm

12/10/2019

Offenbach, Orpheus in the Underworld: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of English National Opera / Sian Edwards (conductor). London Coliseum, 11.10.2019. (JPr)

ENO’s Orpheus in the Underworld – On Mount Olympus (c) Clive Barda

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With its parallels to today, ETO bring authentic Weill sounds and exciting music making to The Silver Lake

09/10/2019

Kurt Weill and Georg Kaiser, The Silver Lake (Der Silbersee): Soloists, Choir of Streetwise Opera and English Touring Opera Orchestra / James Holmes (conductor). Hackney Empire, London, 7.10.2019. (AK)

English Touring Opera’s The Silver Lake (c) Richard Hubert Smith

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Everything falls into place in WNO’s superb revival of The Cunning Little Vixen

08/10/2019

Janáĉek, The Cunning Little Vixen (sung in Czech): Soloists, Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Tomáš Hanus (conductor). Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 5.10.2019. (GPu)

Aiofe Miskelly (left, Vixen) and Lucia Cervoni (right, Fox) (c) Richard Hubert Smith

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Sakari Oramo reveals the gorgeous colours of William Alwyn’s Miss Julie

04/10/2019

Alwyn, Miss Julie: Soloists, BBC Symphony Orchestra / Sakari Oramo (conductor), Kenneth Richardson (director), Barbican Hall, London, 3.10.2019. (CS)

Anna Patalong (Miss Julie) and Benedict Nelson (Jean) (c) Tom Howard

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Much to admire in ENOs staging of Orpheus and Eurydice

02/10/2019

Gluck, Orpheus and Eurydice (1774, Berlioz edition: sung in English): Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of English National Opera / Harry Bicket (conductor). London Coliseum, 1.10.2019. (CC)

Sarah Tynan as Eurydice, Alice Coote as Orpheus (c) Donald Cooper

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WNO’s Rigoletto production now feels pointless and distracting, but is saved by its musical virtues.

01/10/2019

Verdi, Rigoletto: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Alexander Joel (conductor). Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 27.9.2019. (GPu)

Marina Monzó (Gilda) & David Junghoon Kim (Duke) (c) Richard Hubert Smith

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For all of its cleverness, Barry’s The Intelligence Park leaves one unsatisfied

29/09/2019

Gerald Barry, The Intelligence Park: Soloists, London Sinfonietta / Jessica Cottis (conductor). The Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House, London, 28.9.2019. (CC)

Gerald Barry’s The Intelligence Park (c) Clive Barda

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