The Royal Opera Revives Philip Venables’ 4.48 Psychosis

26/04/2018

Philip Venables, 4.48 Psychosis: Soloists, CHROMA / Richard Baker (conductor). Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, London, 24.4.2018. (MB)

4.48 Psychosis (c) ROH/Stephen Cummiskey

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Despite the Production’s Limitations and Gimmicks, Musically La forza was Memorable

24/04/2018

Verdi, La forza del destino: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Carlo Rizzi (conductor), Theatre Cymru, Llandudno, 21.4.2018. (RJF)

Justina Gringytė & Luis Cansino in WNO’s La forza del destino (c) Richard Hubert Smith

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Evergreen WNO Production Allows Audience to Appreciate Puccini’s Tosca At Its Best

24/04/2018

Puccini, Tosca: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Carlo Rizzi (conductor), Theatre Cymru, Llandudno. 20.4.2018. (RJF)

WNO’s Tosca (c) Richard Hubert Smith

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A Fast-moving WNO Don Giovanni Keep Singers and Audience On Their Toes

24/04/2018

Mozart, Don Giovanni: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / James Southall (conductor). Theatre Cymru, Llandudno, 19.4.2018.(RJF)

Elizabeth Watts (Donna Elvira) & David Stout (Leporello) (c) Richard Hubert Smith

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Opera North’s Concert Salome carries Theatrical Power

20/04/2018

Strauss, Salome: Soloists and Orchestra of Opera North, Leeds / Sir Richard Armstrong (conductor), Leeds Town Hall, Leeds, 19.4.2018. (JL)

Jennifer Holloway as Salome (c) Robert Workman

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The Royal Opera Scintillates in Shostakovich’s Raw Lady Macbeth

14/04/2018

Shostakovich, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (original version, 1934): Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 12.4.2018. (CC)

Eva-Maria Westbroek as Katerina Ismailova (c) Clive Barda

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David Hare’s Glyndebourne Origin Story Fails to Hit any High Notes

13/04/2018

David Hare, The Moderate Soprano: Duke of York’s Theatre, London, 11.4.2018. (JPr)

Cast of David Hare’s The Moderate Soprano (c) Johan Persson

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Initial Misses Give Way to Big Hit: Scottish Opera’s Ariadne auf Naxos

08/04/2018

Strauss, Ariadne auf Naxos: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Scottish Opera / Brad Cohen (conductor), Edinburgh Festival Theatre, 7.4.2018. (SRT)

Laura Zigmantaite, Mardi Byers, Elizabeth Cragg and Lucy Hall in Ariadne auf Naxos
(c) Richard Campbell

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