No Allowances Needed as Fulham Opera Present Wagner as Wagner


Wagner: Soloists and Orchestra of Fulham Opera/Ben Woodward (conductor). Burlington Danes Academy, Wood Lane, London. 1.5.2016. (JPr) Read more

Astonishing Performance from Sophie Koch in Covent Garden’s Tannhäuser


Wagner, Tannhäuser: (1875 version): Soloists; Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Hartmut Haenchen (conductor), Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 26.4.2016. (CC)


Peter Seiffert as Tannhäuser (c) Clive Barda

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Faustian concept cleverly updated by MacRae and Walsh in The Devil Inside


Stuart MacRae, The Devil Inside: Music Theatre Wales / Michael Rafferty (conductor), Birmingham Repertory Theatre, 18.4.2016. (GR)

Nicholas Sharratt (left) Steven Page (right); (C) Bill Cooper.

Nicholas Sharratt (left) Steven Page (right); (C) Bill Cooper.

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Despite Good Singing Completed Mozart Opera Buffa Fails to Enthral


Mozart and Stephen Oliver, L’Oca del Cairo: Soloists, Oriana Choir, London Mozart Players, David Parry (conductor). St John’s, Smith Square, London, 14.3.2016. (MB) Read more

ETO Take Their Atmospheric Don Giovanni Around the Country


Mozart, Don Giovanni: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of English Touring Opera / John Andrews (conductor), Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, 14.4.2016. (RJ)


ETO’s Don Giovanni (c) Richard Hubert Smith

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Bellini’s Capulets and Montagues Pop Up in an Essex Barn


Bellini, I Capuleti e i Montecchi: Soloists of Pop-Up Opera, James Hurley (stage director) & Berrak Dyer (musical director/piano). Anne of Cleves Barn, Great Bardfield, Essex. 9.4.2016. (JPr)

Pop-Up Opera , I Capuleti e I Montecchi (courtesy Richard Lakos) 9

Alice Privett as Giulietta in Pop-Up Opera’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi
(c) Richard Lakos

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Katie Mitchell’s Lucia is Sad, Bad, Mad and Dangerous To Know


Donizetti, Lucia di Lammermoor: Soloists, chorus and Royal Opera House Orchestra/ Daniel Oren (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. 7.4.2016. (JPr)

7 April—19 May 2016 Main Stage Diana Damrau and Aleksandra Kurzak lead two world-class casts in Katie Mitchell’s new production of Donizetti’s tragic opera. Music Gaetano Donizetti Libretto Salvadore Cammarano Director Katie Mitchell Designer Vicki Mortimer Lighting designer Jon Clark Associate director Joseph Alford Conductor Daniel Oron Cast: Lucia - Diana Damrau Enrico Ashton - Ludovic Tézier Edgardo - Charles Castronovo Arturo Bucklaw - Taylor Stayton Raimondo Bidebent - Kwangchul Youn Normanno - Peter Hoare Alisa - Rachael Lloyd Co-production with Greek National Opera

Lucia di Lammermoor Act II (c) Stephen Cummisky

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Fine Performance of Rusalka from Stuart Stratford and Scottish Opera


Dvořák, Rusalka: Scottish Opera / Stuart Stratford (conductor), Theatre Royal, Glasgow, 5.4.2016. (SRT)

Anne Sophie Duprels as Rusalka,br/>(c) James Glossop

Anne Sophie Duprels as Rusalka
(c) James Glossop

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