Fidelio Reverts to its Original Form at Buxton Festival

14/07/2016

Beethoven,  Leonore (or The Triumph of Married Love): Soloists, Buxton Festival Chorus, Northern Chamber Orchestra / Stephen Barlow (conductor), Buxton Festival 2016, Opera House, Buxton, 8.7.2016. (RJF)

Leonore - Ludwig van Beethoven - Buxton Festival - 8th July 2016 Conductor - Stephen Barlow Director - Stephen Medcalf Designer - Francis O’Connor Lighting Designer - Simon Corder Leonore - Kirstin Sharpin Florestan - David Danholt Rocco - Scott Wilde

Beethoven’s Leonore (c) Robert Workman

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A Well Sung Bellini Gets an Unwelcome, if Dramatic, Update

13/07/2016

Bellini, I Capuleti e I Montecchi: Soloists, Buxton Festival Chorus, Northern Chamber Orchestra / Justin Doyle (conductor). Buxton Festival 2016, Opera House, Buxton, 9.7.2016. (RJF)

Stephanie Marshall as Romeo and Sarah-Jane Brandon as Giulietta, Buxton Festival . Photo credit: Robert Workman.

Stephanie Marshall as Romeo and Sarah-Jane Brandon as Giulietta, Buxton Festival . Photo credit: Robert Workman.

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A Rare Opportunity to Hear Handel’s Tamerlano at Buxton

13/07/2016

Handel, Tamerlano: Soloists, The English Concert Orchestra, Laurence Cummings (conductor), Buxton Festival 2016, Opera House, Buxton, 10.7.2016. (RJF)

Robert Davies as Leone, Buxton Festival. Photo credit: Robert Workman.

Robert Davies as Leone, Buxton Festival. Photo credit: Robert Workman.

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Outstanding, Definitive Hänsel und Gretel at RCM Worth Seeing Twice

07/07/2016

Humperdinck, Hänsel und Gretel: Soloists, Chorus of Echoes, Angels, and Gingerbread Children, Royal College of Music Opera Orchestra, Michael Rosewell (conductor), Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London, 4 and 5.7.2016, (MB)

Elspeth Marrow, Timothy Connor, Kamilla Dunstan and Gemma Lois Summerfield 2 (c) Chris Christodoulou

Elspeth Marrow, Timothy Connor, Kamilla Dunstan and Gemma Lois Summerfield
(c) Chris Christodoulou

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Götterdämmerung Brings Opera North’s Ring to a Triumphant Conclusion

04/07/2016

Wagner, Götterdämmerung: Soloists and Orchestra of Opera North/Richard Farnes (conductor). Royal Festival Hall, London, 3.7.2016. (JPr)

Mats Almgren, Richard Farnes, Kelly Cae Hogen, Peter Mumford, Mati Turi

Mats Almgren, Richard Farnes, Kelly Cae Hogen, Peter Mumford & Mati Turi
(c) Alice the Camera

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Convincing Performances from Trinity Laban Students in Premiere of McNeff’s Banished

04/07/2016

Stephen McNeff, Banished: Soloists, Vocal Ensemble, Orchestra of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Jessica Cottis (conductor). Blackheath Halls, 30.6.2016. (MB)

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Banished (c) Lidia Crisafulli

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Strong Cast in Covent Garden’s Visually Compelling Il trovatore

04/07/2016

Verdi, Il trovatore: Soloists, chorus and Royal Opera House Orchestra / Gianandrea Noseda (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. 2.7.2016. (JPr)

Il Trovatore by Verdi; Royal Opera House; Covent Garden; London, UK; 29 June 2016; Cast A: Lianna Haroutounian as Leonora; Francesco Meli as Manrico; Conuctor - Gianandrea Noseda; Director - David Bösch; Set and video designer - Patrick Bannwart; Costume designer - Meentje Nielsen; Lighting designer - Olaf Winter; Photo: © ROH Photographer: CLIVE BARDA

Il Trovatore Part II Ekaterina Semenchuk (Azucena) & Francesco Meli (Manrico)
© Clive Barda

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Iain Bell’s New Opera Gives Musical Expression to David Jones’ Epic World War I Poem

01/07/2016

Bell, In Parenthesis: (sung in English, Welsh, Latin and medieval Welsh) Soloists; Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera/Carlo Rizzi  (conductor), Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 29.6.2016 (CC)

Photo credit: Bill Cooper.   Private John Ball; Andrew Bidlack, Bard of Brittannia_HQ Officer; Peter Coleman_Wright, Bard of Germania_Alice the Barmaid_The Queen of the Woods; Alexandra Deshorties, Lieutenant Jenkins; George Humphreys, Lance Corporal Lewis; Marcus Farnsworth, Sergeant Snell; Mark Le Brocq, Dai Greatcoat; Donald Maxwell, The Marne Sergeant ;Graham Clark,   Cast & Creative  Conductor; Carlo Rizzi, Director; David Pountney, Designer; Robert Innes Hopkins, Lighting Designer; Malcolm Rippeth,

Photo credit: Bill Cooper.

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