Farnes’s Conducting and Rachvelishvili’s Azucena Make This Revival Worthwhile

08/12/2016

Verdi, Il trovatoreSoloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Richard Farnes. The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 4.12.2016. (CC)

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Najmiddin Mavlyanov (Manrico) & Anita Rachvelishvili (Azucena) (c) Catherine Ashmore

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Opera North Present Stunning Billy Budd in Edinburgh

05/12/2016

Britten: Billy Budd, Soloists and Chorus of Opera North / Garry Walker (conductor), Edinburgh Festival Theatre, 3.12.2016. (SRT)

BILLY BUDD by Britten; Opera North; Gand Theatre; Leeds, UK; 15 October 2016; RODERICK WILLIAMS as Billy Budd; GARRY WALKER - Conductor; ORPHA PHELAN - Director; LESLIE TRAVERS - Set & Costume Designer; THOMAS C. HASE - Lighting designer; LYNNE HOCKNEY - Movement director; WILL TRISTRAM - Fight director; Credit: © CLIVE BARDA/ ArenaPAL;

Billy Budd – Roderick Williams (Billy Budd) © Clive Barda

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La finta giardiniera Benefits from an Excellent Ensemble Approach

02/12/2016

Mozart, La finta giardinieraSoloists, Royal College of Music of Opera Orchestra, Michael Rosewell (conductor). Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London, 28.11.2016. (MB) Read more

High Standards in Opera North’s Puccini Double Bil

01/12/2016

Puccini, Il tabarro and Suor Angelica: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North / Jac Van Steen (conductor), Edinburgh Festival Theatre, 30.11.2016. (SRT)

A scene from Il Tabarro and Suor Angelica by Opera North @ Grand Theatre, Leeds. (Opening 01-10-16) ©Tristram Kenton 09/16 (3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550  Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com

A scene from Opera North’s Suor Angelica © Tristram Kenton

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WNO’s Current Macbeth Compares Poorly with Other Verdi Productions over Past 50 Years

30/11/2016

Verdi, Macbeth: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Andriy Yurkevych (conductor), Venue Cymru (North Wales Theatre), Llandudno, 24.11.2016. (RJF)

Welsh National Opera Chorus - the assassins of Banquo.  Photo credit: Richard Hubert Smith.

Welsh National Opera Chorus – the assassins of Banquo (c) Richard Hubert Smith.

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Merchant of Venice is not Easy on the Ear but Well Staged and with a Sterling Cast

30/11/2016

André Tchaikowsky, The Merchant of Venice: Soloists, and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Lionel Friend (conductor), Venue Cymru (North Wales Theatre), Llandudno, 22.11.2016. (RJF)

Trial Scene. Photo credit: Johan Persson.

The Merchant of Venice Trial Scene (c) Johan Persson

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Royal Opera’s Manon Lescaut Benefits from Pappano’s Masterly Conducting

24/11/2016

Puccini, Manon Lescaut: Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 22.11.2016. (CC)

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Aleksandrs Antonenko (Des Grieux) & Sondra Radvanovsky (Manon Lescaut) (c) Bill Cooper

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Covent Garden’s Revived Tales of Hoffmann Plods Along Despite Excellent Singing

21/11/2016

Offenbach, Les Contes d’Hoffmann (cinema broadcast): Soloists, Royal Opera Chorus (chorus master: William Spaulding), Orchestra of the Royal Opera, Evelino Pidò (conductor), Royal Opera House, London.  (Seen at Curzon Mayfair, London), 15.11.2016. (MB)

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Sofia Fomina (Olympia), Christophe Mortagne (Spalanzani) & Vittorio Grigòlo (Hoffmann)
(c) Catherine Ashmore

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