WNO’s Limited The Magic Flute Production Gets Redeemed by Some Excellent Singing

18/02/2019

Mozart, The Magic Flute: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Damian Iorio (conductor), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 15.2.2019. (GPu)

Tamino (Ben Johnson) (c) Bill Cooper

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Much to Admire, Musically and Visually, in David Pountney’s WNO Un ballo in maschera Premiere

14/02/2019

 Verdi, Un ballo in maschera: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Carlo Rizzi (conductor), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 9.2.2019. (GPu)

(l to r) Gwyn Hughes Jones (Riccardo), Roland Wood (Renato),
& Mary Elizabeth Williams (Amelia) (c) Bill Cooper

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A Superb Cast, Led by Amanda Majeski, for the Royal Opera’s Katya Kabanova

11/02/2019

Janáček – Katya Kabanova: Soloists, Royal Opera Chorus (chorus master: William Spaulding), Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Edward Gardner (conductor). Royal Opera House, London, 9.2.2019. (MB)

Susan Bickley (Kabanicha) & Amanda Majeski (Katya) (c) ROH/Clive Barda

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Opera Warwick’s Entertaining La vie Parisienne Was Full of Ingenious Ideas

10/02/2019

Offenbach, La vie Parisienne: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Opera Warwick  /  Laurie Duncan (conductor). Warwick Arts Centre Theatre, Coventry, 7.1.2019. (RD)

Gabrielle (Naomi Awre) in Opera Warwick’s La vie Parisienne
(c) Gabrielė Stravinskaitė

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Jaho, Castronovo and Domingo Breathe New Life into a 25th Anniversary Royal Opera Traviata

31/01/2019

Verdi, La traviata: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Antonello Manacorda (conductor). Directed for the screen by Ross MacGibbon and broadcast live from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to Cineworld Basildon, Essex, 30.1.2019. (JPr)

Plácido Domingo (Georgio Germont) & Ermonela Jaho (Violetta Valéry)
(c) Catherine Ashmore

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Jurowski Speeds the Radiant London Philharmonic and an Uneven Cast Through Die Walküre

28/01/2019

Wagner, Die Walküre: Soloists, London Philharmonic Orchestra / Vladimir Jurowski (conductor). Royal Festival Hall, London, 27.1.2019. (JPr)

Dress rehearsal photo of Ruxandra Donose (Sieglinde) & Stuart Skelton (Siegmund)
(c) Simon Jay Price

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World Premiere of MacRae and Welsh’s Anthropocene – Scottish Opera’s Chilling Fantasy

27/01/2019

Stuart MacRae, Anthropocene (opera in three acts with libretto by Louise Welsh): Soloists, The Orchestra of Scottish Opera / Stuart Stratford (conductor), Theatre Royal Glasgow, 24.1.2019. (GT)

Stephen Gadd, Jeni Bern & Marc Le Brocq (c) James Glossop

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Nadine Benjamin’s Outstanding Tosca Celebrates How Everybody Can!

21/01/2019

Puccini, Tosca: Everybody Can! Opera’s Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra / William Conway (conductor). St James’s Church, Piccadilly, 18.1.2019. (TC)

Nadine Benjamin © Devon Cass

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