Ellen Kent’s Perceptive and Entertaining Tosca Makes Strong Impression

08/02/2016

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Puccini, Tosca Soloists of Chisinau National Opera, Members of the Orchestra of the National Opera & Ballet Theatre of Moldova ‘Maria Biesu’ and National Philharmonic of Moldova ‘Serghei Lunchevici’, Vasyl Vasylenko (conductor),  Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 7.2.2016 (MC)

 

Tosca; (c) Ellen Kent Productions

             Tosca; (c) Ellen Kent Productions

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ENO’s Magic Flute Lacks Depth Despite Superb Ensemble Work

08/02/2016

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Mozart, Die Zauberflöte: (sung in English as The Magic Flute): Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of English National Orchestra/Mark Wigglesworth (conductor), London Coliseum, 5.2.2016. (CC)

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ENO’s The Magic Flute Allan Clayton (Tamino) & Lucy Crowe (Pamina)
(c) Robbie Jack

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McRae’s The Devil Inside Provides a Chilling Night at the Peacock Theatre

07/02/2016

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Stuart McRae, The Devil Inside: Soloists, the Music Theatre Wales Ensemble, Michael Rafferty (conductor). Peacock Theatre, London, 3.2.2016 (MB)

The Devil Inside_SCOTTISH OPERA, Music; Stuart MacRae, Words; Louise Welsh,  Conductor; Michael Rafferty,  Director; Matthew Richardson,  Designer; Samal Blak,  Lighting; Ace McCarron,  Catherine; Rachel Kelly,  Richard; Nicholas Sharratt,  James; Ben McAteer,  Old Man_Vagrant; Steven Page,

Music Theatre Wales’s The Devil Inside (c) Bill Cooper

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Confused Production of Chabrier’s L’Etoile Makes for a Tedious Evening

06/02/2016

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Chabrier, L’Etoile: Soloists, Royal Opera Chorus (chorus master: Renato Balsadonna), Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Mark Elder (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 1.2.2016. (MB)

L’Etoile_ROH Covent Garden Music; Emmanuel Chabrier, Libretto; Eugene Leterrier and Albert Vanloo, Director; Mariame Clément, Designer; Julia Hansen, Lighting designer; Jon Clark, Choreography; Mathieu Guilhaumon, Performers; Conductor; Mark Elder, King Ouf I; Christophe Mortagne, Smith; Chris Addison, Dupont; Jean_Luc Vincent, Siroco; Simon Bailey, Prince Herisson de Porc_Epic; Francois Piolino, Tapioca; Aimery Lefevre, Lazuli; Kate Lindsey, Princesse Laoula; Helene Guilmette, Aloes; Julie Boulianne, Patacha; Samuel Sakker, Zalzal; Samuel Dale Johnson, Chorus; Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House,

L’Etoile (c) Bill Cooper

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Opera North’s Revival of Così fan tutte is “as Good as it Gets”

05/02/2016

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Mozart, Così fan tutte:  Orchestra and  Soloists of Opera North, Jac van Steen  (conductor),  Leeds Grand Theatre, Leeds,  3.02.2016. (JL)

Cosi fan tutte: (c) Tristram Kenton

Cosi fan tutte: (c) Tristram Kenton

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Scottish Opera’s Striking Re-imagining of Stevenson’s Bottle Imp

31/01/2016

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Stuart MacRae and Louise Welsh, The Devil Inside: Soloists, Orchestra of Scottish Opera, Michael Rafferty (conductor), King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, 30.1.2016. (SRT)

The Devil Inside_SCOTTISH OPERA, Music; Stuart MacRae, Words; Louise Welsh,  Conductor; Michael Rafferty,  Director; Matthew Richardson,  Designer; Samal Blak,  Lighting; Ace McCarron,  Catherine; Rachel Kelly,  Richard; Nicholas Sharratt,  James; Ben McAteer,  Old Man_Vagrant; Steven Page,

The Devil Inside (c) Scottish Opera

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Opera North Delivers Vocal Clout in Andrea Chénier

21/01/2016

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Umberto Giordano,  Andrea Chénier:  Soloists, chorus and orchestra of Opera North / Oliver von Dohnányi,  conductor.  Leeds Grand Theatre, Leeds  19.01.2016. (JL)

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Opera North’s Andrea Chénier (c) ON

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Das Rheingold is a Memorable Start to Saffron Opera Group’s Ring

19/01/2016

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Wagner, Das Rheingold: Soloists and Saffron Opera Group Orchestra / Michael Thorne (conductor). Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden, Essex, 17.1.2016. (JPr)

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Saffron Opera Group’s Das Rheingold

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