OperaHerts’ Tosca Brings ‘Opera on the Grandest Scale’ to Clarendon Muse

05/03/2017

Puccini, Tosca: Soloists, OperaHerts Chorus, Choirs of Watford Grammar School for Boys and James Rich (percussion) were directed from the piano by Phillip Thomas. Clarendon Muse, Watford, Hertfordshire. 4.3.2017. (JPr)  Read more

A Very Different ‘Tristan’ Provides Real, if Un-Wagnerian Pleasures: WNO’s Le Vin herbé

03/03/2017

Frank Martin, Le Vin herbé: (Company Production Premiere) Soloists, Chorus and Musicians of Welsh National Opera / James Southall (conductor), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 16.2.2017. (GPu)

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Caitlin Hulcup (Iseult the Fair) & Tom Randle (Tristan) (c) Robert Workman

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English National Opera Gives The Winter’s Tale a Baptism of Which All Should be Proud

01/03/2017

 Wigglesworth – The Winter’s Tale (world premiere): Soloists, Chorus (chorus master: James Henshaw) and Orchestra of the English National Opera / Ryan Wigglesworth (conductor). London Coliseum, London, 27.2.2017. (MB) Read more

Opera North Unleashes a ‘Floodtide of Fantasy’ in New Production of Cinderella

21/02/2017

 Rossini, Cinderella: Soloists and Chorus of Opera North / Wynn Davies (conductor), Grand Theatre, Leeds. 16.2.2017. (JL)

Amy J Payne as Tisbe, Henry Waddington as Don Magnifico, and Sky Ingram as Clorinda. Photo credit: Alistair Muir.

Amy J Payne as Tisbe, Henry Waddington as Don Magnifico, & Sky Ingram as Clorinda
(c) Alistair Muir

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A Witty and Intelligent Production finds Contemporary Relevance in Semele

15/02/2017

Handel, Semele: Mid Wales Opera, Soloists and Chorus, Academy of Ancient Music / Nicholas Cleobury, Richard Burton Theatre, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, 8.2. 2017. (GPu)

Ellen Williams (Semele); photograph by Mathew Williams Ellis

Ellen Williams as Semele) (c) Mathew Williams Ellis

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Ellen Kent’s La bohème Deserves Warm Audience Applause

14/02/2017

Puccini, La bohème: Soloists and cast of Chisinau National Opera, Members of the Orchestra of the National Opera & Ballet Theatre of Moldova ‘Maria Biesu’ and National Philharmonic of Moldova ‘Serghei Lunchevici’ / Vasyl Vasylenko (conductor). Grand Theatre, Blackpool, Lancashire. 13.2.2017. (MC)

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Poster image for Ellen Kent’s La bohème

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English National Opera and Cast Impress in Mike Leigh’s Production of The Pirates of Penzance

13/02/2017

Gilbert & Sullivan, The Pirates of Penzance: Chorus & Orchestra of English National Opera / Gareth Jones. Coliseum, London, 9.2.2017. (CC)

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Sir John Tomlinson in Mike Leigh’s The Pirates of Penzance (c) Tom Bowles

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WNO’s La bohème is all the More Powerful for its Traditional Approach

09/02/2017

Puccini, La bohème:  (Production Revival) Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Manlio Benzi (conductor), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 28.1.2017. (GPu)

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Marina Costa-Jackson (Mimì) and Dominick Chenes (Rodolfo) (c) Robert Workman

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