Manchester’s Premier League Conservatoire Maintains its Standards in Britten.

March 23, 2015

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Benjamin Britten, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (sung in English with titles), Soloists, RNCM Opera Orchestra and Chorus / Arthur Greenwood. (conductor), Royal Northern College of Music. RNCM Theatre, 19.3.2015. (RJF)

Matthew Thistleton as Puck and the Fairies Picture Credit Victoria Haydn

Matthew Thistleton as Puck and the Fairies
Picture Credit Victoria Haydn

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Fine Staging and Performance of The Rake’s Progress

March 20, 2015

United KingdomUnited Kingdom   Stravinsky, The Rake’s Progress: Soloists, Royal Academy Opera Chorus, Royal Academy Sinfonia, Jane Glover (conductor). Sir Jack Lyons Theatre, Royal Academy of Music, London, 16.3.2015 (MB) Read more

Despite its Virtues Opera North’s Figaro Needs Titles or Better Projection of Words

March 18, 2015

Mozart,  The Marriage of Figaro: (Sung in English): Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North / Alexander Shelley, (conductor), The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays. 10.3.2015 Read more

Well Integrated La Bohème Liberates and Informs the Imagination

March 16, 2015

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Puccini, La bohème: Soloists, Children from St Mary’s and St John’s Church of England Schools, Hackney, Chorus and Orchestra of English Touring Opera, Michael Rosewell (conductor). Hackney Empire Theatre, London, 14.3.2015 (MB) Read more

Fascinating De Falla/Puccini Double Bill from Opera North

March 15, 2015

United KingdomUnited Kingdom De Falla, La vida breve & Puccini, Gianni Schicchi: Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North/Jac van Steen (conductor), Lyric Theatre, Lowry, Salford, U.K. 12.3.2015 (MC)

Falla La Vida Breve Opera North Photo Bill Cooper

Opera North – Falla La vida breve © Bill Cooper

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An Enduringly Successful Subversion of Hansel and Gretel

March 14, 2015

United KingdomUnited Kingdom  Humperdinck, Hansel and Gretel  (Revival Premiere): Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera/ Lothar Koenigs (conductor), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 21.2.2015 (GPu) Read more

Heady Soundworld of Weill/Brecht’s Mahagonny Recreated at Covent Garden

March 12, 2015

 United KingdomUnited Kingdom Weill, Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (sung in English): Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Mark Wigglesworth (conductor), Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 10.03.2015 (CC)

IMAGE (c) ROH. photo by Clive Barda

 (c) ROH. photo by Clive Barda

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Surreal Magic Flute Has Its Rewards and Limitations

March 11, 2015

United KingdomUnited Kingdom  Mozart, The Magic Flute:(Revival Premiere): Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera/ Lothar Koenigs (conductor), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 13.2.2015 (GPu) Read more

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