Metcalf’s Under Milk Wood a Triumph in Dylan Thomas Centenary Year

April 12, 2014

United KingdomUnited Kingdom John Metcalf, Under Milk Wood: Production by Taliesin Arts Centre (Wales) with Le Chien Qui Chante (Quebec) and Companion Star (New York) in association with Welsh National Opera / Wyn Davies (music director), Sherman Theatre, Cardiff. 11.4.2014 (PCG)  

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Shoestring Macbeth Provides Impressive Performances

April 12, 2014

United KingdomUnited Kingdom  Verdi, Macbeth: Soloists and Orchestra of Scottish Opera / Derek Clark (conductor), King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, 8.4.2014 (SRT)

 David Stephenson as Macbeth & Elisabeth Meister as Lady Macbeth. Scottish Opera 2014. Credit Tommy Ga-Ken Wan.

David Stephenson as Macbeth & Elisabeth Meister as Lady Macbeth. Scottish Opera 2014. Credit Tommy Ga-Ken Wan.

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Hardly a Good Night for Puccini or WNO’s Reputation

April 8, 2014

United KingdomUnited Kingdom  Giacomo Puccini (1858-1925),  Manon Lescaut (1893): (Sung in Italian with subtitles in English and Welsh.) Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Lothar Koenigs (conductor), Venue Cymru (North Wales Theatre), Llandudno. 2.4.2014. Continue reading “Hardly a Good Night for Puccini or WNO’s Reputation” »

American Hero and Trojan King Tour Britain Together

April 7, 2014

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Britten, Paul Bunyan; Tippett, King Priam: English Touring Opera /Philip Sunderland, Michael Rosewell (conductors), Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, 1/2.4.2014 (RJ)

king priam

Pic credit (King Priam) Robert Workman

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A Superb Performance Holds this Henze Opera Together.

April 7, 2014

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Hans Werner Henze,  Boulevard Solitude (1951): Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera/Lothar Koenigs (conductor), Venue Cymru (North Wales Theatre), Llandudno. 3.4.2014. (RJF) Continue reading “A Superb Performance Holds this Henze Opera Together.” »

Bedford’s Brilliant New Opera Takes Deceit as its Theme

April 6, 2014

United KingdomUnited Kingdom  Luke Bedford:Through His Teeth: Soloists, Chroma / Sian Edwards (conductor),. Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 3.4.2014 (CC) Continue reading “Bedford’s Brilliant New Opera Takes Deceit as its Theme” »

Compelling Adès Opera Succeeds in Subterranean Space

April 6, 2014

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Adès,Powder Her Face: Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra of English National Opera/Timothy Redmond (conductor). Ambika P3, University of Westminster, London, 2.4.2014 (CC) Continue reading “Compelling Adès Opera Succeeds in Subterranean Space” »

WNO’s Winning La Traviata Gets Another Outing

April 6, 2014

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Giuseppe Verdi, La Traviata (Sung in Italian with subtitles in English and Welsh): Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Simon Phillippo  (conductor), Venue Cymru (North Wales Theatre), Llandudno, 1.4.2014.(RJF) Continue reading “WNO’s Winning <i>La Traviata</i> Gets Another Outing” »

High Standards Prevail in Manchester Mikado

March 31, 2014

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Gilbert & Sullivan, The Mikado: Manchester Universities Gilbert & Sullivan Society / Oliver Till (musical director), Council Chambers Theatre, Manchester. 26.3.2014 (RJW)

Brightly Shines the Dawning Day Photos Jonathan Hunter

Brightly Shines the Dawning Day Photos Jonathan Hunter

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Cavalli’s Ormindo Splendidly Realised in an Ideal Performance Space.

March 30, 2014

United KingdomUnited KingdomCavalli, Soloists, Orchestra of Early Opera Company. Christian Curnyn (conductor). The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 26.3.2014. (CS) Continue reading “Cavalli’s <i>Ormindo</i> Splendidly Realised in an Ideal Performance Space.” »

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