A Rare Chance to Experience Delius’ Greatest Opera is Compromised by a Greatly Reduced Orchestration


Delius – A Village Romeo and Juliet: Soloists, New Sussex Opera Chorus, Kantanti Ensemble / Lee Reynolds (conductor), Cadogan Hall, London, 28.3.2017 (AS)

The-Fair-Robert Knights

New Sussex Opera’s A Village Romeo and Juliet (c) Robert Knights

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Pappano, Royal Opera and Cast Deliver a Beautifully Realised Madama Butterfly


Puccini: Madama Butterfly: Soloists and Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Sir Antonio Pappano. Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 23.3.2017. (CC)


ROH’s Madama Butterfly (c) Bill Cooper

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Curnyn and ENO Revive Alden’s 2008 Production of Handel’s Partenope with Splendid Results


Handel, Partenope (sung in English): Orchestra of English National Opera / Christian Curnyn. London Coliseum, 15.3.2017. (CC)


ENO’s Partenope (c) Donald Cooper

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A Well-Sung and Acted Performance of La Cenerentola at Opera North


Rossini, La Cenerentola: Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North/Wyn Daview (conductor), The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays, 9.3.2017.  (RJF)

'La Cenerentola' (c) Richard Hubert Smith

La Cenerentola (c) Richard Hubert Smith

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Opera North Concludes Its Trio of Fairy Tale Operas with a Fine Production of Snow Maiden


Rimsky-Korsakov, Snow Maiden (sung in English): Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North / Leo McFall (conductor), The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays, 10.3.2017. (RJF)

Snow Maiden (c) Richard Hubert Smith.

Snow Maiden (c) Richard Hubert Smith.

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Alstaedt and Opera North Render an Unrecognizable Hansel and Gretel


Opera North – Humperdinck, Hansel and Gretel (sung in English): Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North / Christophe Alstaedt (conductor), The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays, 8.3.2017. (RJF)

Hansel&G (C) Robert Workman

Opera North’s Hansel and Gretel (c) Robert Workman

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Scottish Opera are on their Finest Form for David McVicar’s Pelléas et Melisande


Debussy, Pelléas et Melisande: Soloists and Chorus of Scottish Opera / Stuart Stratford (conductor), Edinburgh Festival Theatre, 11.3.2017. (SRT)

Carolyn Sampson as Mélisande in Pelléas and Mélisande. Scottish Opera 2017. Credit Richard Campbell. (3)

Carolyn Sampson (Mélisande) in SO’s Pelléas and Mélisande (c) Richard Campbell

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Pappano, Chorus and Orchestra Excel in Holten’s Farewell Die Meistersinger at Covent Garden


Wagner, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 11.3.2017. (JPr)


Bryn Terfel (centre) as Hans Sachs at the conclusion of Act II (c) Clive Barda

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