A Sparkling Madhouse from the Young Mozart

October 22, 2014

United KingdomUnited Kingdom   Mozart, La finta giardiniera: Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra / Christopher Moulds (conductor), Glyndebourne Opera,  Sussex 14.10.2014 (MH)

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La finta giardiniera, Glyndebourne Tour 2014. Clockwise from left –  Serpetta (Eliana Pretorian), Don Anchise (Timothy Robinson),  Nardo (Mattia Olivieri), Arminda (Eleonore Marguerre) and Ramiro (Hanna Hipp). © Richard Hubert Smith.

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Surprises, Refinement and Finesse in Youth Opera Venture’s Magic Flute

October 22, 2014

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Mozart, The Magic Flute: Youth Opera Venture / John Longstaff (conductor), Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield, 20.10.2014. (RD)

Magic Flute© Michael Wharley Photography 2014

Magic Flute© Michael Wharley Photography 2014

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Opera Danube Brings The Waltz-King to St. John’s Smith Square

October 20, 2014

United KingdomUnited Kingdom  Opera Danube Present Johann Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus (a semi-staged concert version directed by Simon Butteriss): soloists, The London Oriana Choir, Orpheus Sinfonia, Oliver Gooch (conductor). St. John’s, Smith Square, London, 18.10.2014. (JPr)

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Die Fledermaus Photo Credit

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Revival of Blood Brothers Lives Up to Expectations

October 19, 2014

United KingdomUnited Kingdom. Willy Russell: Blood Brothers: Birmingham Hippodrome, 14.10.2014 (GR).

 

Maureen Nolan as Mrs Johnstone   Sean Jones as Mickey - "Blood Brothers" Photo (c) Birmingham Hippodrome

Maureen Nolan as Mrs Johnstone Sean Jones as Mickey – “Blood Brothers” Photo (c) Birmingham Hippodrome

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Carmen Revival Lacks Vitality

October 16, 2014

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Bizet, Carmen (revival): Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, Erik Nielsen, conductor, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 19.09.2014 (GPu) Read more

WNO’s Fading Carmen Needs to be Dusted Down

October 15, 2014

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Bizet Carmen: Soloists, Welsh National Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Erik Nielsen (conductor), Swansea Grand Theatre, 11/10/14 (LJ). Read more

Superb William Tell from WNO and Empathetic Carlo Rizzi

October 7, 2014

United KingdomUnited Kingdom  Rossini, William Tell: (Premiere) Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, Carlo Rizzi (conductor), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 19.09.2014 (GPu) Read more

AAM’s Enjoyable Poppea Lacks Sense of Performance

October 7, 2014

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Monteverdi, L’Incoronazione di Poppea (1643): Soloists, Academy of Ancient Music/Robert Howarth (director/harpsichord). Barbican Hall, London, 4.10.2014 (CC) Read more

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