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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Turnage’s New Opera for Children Skilfully Avoids Condescension

01/04/2018

Turnage, Coraline: Soloists, Britten Sinfonia / Sian Edwards (conductor). Barbican Theatre, London, 31.3.2018. (MB)

Kitty Whately (Other Mother), Alexander Robin Baker (Other Father) & Mary Bevan (Coraline)
© Stephen Cummiskey

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ENO Stimulates with Revival of Mozart’s The Marriago of Figaro

01/04/2018

Mozart, The Marriage of Figaro: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the English National Opera / Martyn Brabbins (conductor), London Coliseum, 29.3.2018. (CC)

The Marriage of Figaro – Ashley Riches & Lucy Crowe
(c) Alastair Muir

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A Joyous Semi-Staged Cenerentola from an Impressive Student Cast and Orchestra

30/03/2018

Rossini, La Cenerentola: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama / David Jones (conductor), Dora Stoutzker Hall, Cardiff, 27.3.2018. (GPu)

Sophie Dicks

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Netrebko, Lučić and Pappano Make Royal Opera’s Macbeth Revival Memorable

27/03/2018

Verdi, Macbeth: Soloists, Royal Opera Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano. Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 25.3.2018. (JPr)

Željko Lučić (Macbeth) & Anna Netrebko (Lady Macbeth) (c) Bill Cooper

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