Two Delightful Evenings with English Touring Opera

06/03/2018

Puccini – Il tabarro and Gianni Schicchi, and Mozart – Le nozze di Figaro: Soloists, Orchestra of English Touring Opera / Michael Rosewell and Christopher Stark (conductors). Hackney Empire Theatre, London, 2 and 3.3 2018. (MB)

London, UK. 27.02.2018. English Touring Opera presents The Marriage of Figaro, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, at the Hackney Empire, before touring.  This production is directed by Blanche McIntryre, conducted by Christopher Stark , with design by Neil Irish and lighting design by Rory Beaton. The cast is:Ross Ramgobin (Figaro), Abigail Kelly (Susanna), Dawid Kimberg (Count Almaviva), Nadine Benjamin (Countess Almaviva), Katherine Aitkin (Cherubino), Omar Ebrahim (Bartolo), Gaynor Keeble (Marcellina), Galina Averina (Barbarina), Devon Harrison (Antonio), John-Colyn Gyeantey (Basilio), Stuart Haycock (Don Curzio). Photograph © Jane Hobson.

ETO’s The Marriage of Figaro (L-R Stuart Haycock,, Devon Harrison, Ross Ramgobin, Dawid Kimberg)
© Jane Hobson.

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ENO’s Excellent Company Performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

05/03/2018

Britten, A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Soloists, Trinity Boys’ Choir (choirmaster: David Swinson), Orchestra of the English National Opera / Alexander Soddy (conductor). London Coliseum, 1.3.2018. (MB)

Soraya Mafi (Tytania), Trinity Boys Choir & Joshua Bloom (Bottom) (c) Robert Workman

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WNO’s Urgent and Thought-Provoking Don Giovanni

27/02/2018

Mozart, Don GiovanniSoloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / James Southall (conductor), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 22.2.2018. (GPu)

Elizabeth Watts (Donna Elvira) & David Stout (Leporello) © Robert Hubert Smith

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Opera North’s Revived Don Giovanni Misfires in the Age of #MeToo

24/02/2018

Mozart, Don Giovanni: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North / Christoph Altstaedt (conductor), Leeds Grand Theatre, 21.2.18. (CF)

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Elizabeth Atherton (Donna Elvira) & John Savournin (Leporello) © Bill Cooper

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UK Première of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking at the Barbican

21/02/2018

 Jake Heggie, Dead Man Walking: Soloists, BBC Singers, Singers from Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Finchley Children’s Music Group, BBC Symphony Orchestra/ Mark Wigglesworth (conductor), Barbican Hall, London, 20.2.2018. (VV)

Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking featuring Joyce DiDonato (Sister Helen) (c) Mark Allan/Barbican

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Highly Entertaining Iolanthe from ENO

16/02/2018

 Gilbert & Sullivan, Iolanthe (ed. Henty/Hulme): Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra of English National Opera / Christopher Henty (conductor). London Coliseum, 13.2.2018. (CC)

ENO Cast, Iolanthe; (c) Clive Barda/ArenaPAL.

ENO’s Cast in Iolanthe (c) Clive Barda/ArenaPAL.

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After 25 Years, Blakemore’s WNO Tosca Continues to Serve the Opera Well

14/02/2018

Puccini, Tosca: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Carlo Rizzi (conductor), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 9.2.2018. (GPu)

Hector Sandoval (Cavaradossi) & Claire Rutter (Tosca) © Robert Hubert Smith

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Barrie Kosky’s Carmen for the Royal Opera is a Tedious Affair

08/02/2018

Bizet, Carmen: Soloists, Royal Opera Chorus (chorus director: William Spaulding), Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Jakub Hrůsá (conductor). Royal Opera House, London, 6.2.2018. (MB)

Barrie Kosky’s Carmen (c) Bill Cooper

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