Highly Imaginative and Exuberant Così fan tutte from Northern Ireland Opera


Mozart, Così fan tutteCast and Chorus of Northern Ireland Opera, Ulster Orchestra / Nicholas Chalmers (Conductor), Grand Opera House, Belfast, 17.11.2017. (RB)


Northern Ireland Opera’s Così fan tutte (c) Patrick Redmond

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Good Singing Redeems Two Disappointing Cav & Pag Opera North Stagings


Leoncavallo & Mascagni: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North / Tobias Ringborg (conductor). The Lowry, Theatre, Salford Quays. 15.11.2017. (RJF) Read more

At the V&A: Tim Watts’ Musically and Dramatically Compelling Kepler’s Trial


Tim Watts, Kepler’s Trial (opera preceded by panel discussion with Prof Ulinka Rublack, Tim Watts, Aura Satz, Dame Marina Warner, Prof Simon Schaffer): soloists, chorus and orchestra / Graham Walker (conductor). Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 9.11.2017. (VV)

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Cerys Purser (Katharina) in Kepler’s Trial (c) Aura Satz

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Kentish Opera’s La belle Hélène brings Autumnal Joy


Jacques Offenbach, La belle Hélène (in English): Soloists, Kentish Opera Chorus and Orchestra / Robyn Sevastos (conductor), The Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks, 29.10.2017 (MH)


Calchas (Graham Stone) & Orestes (Lindy Everett) in Kentish Opera’s La belle Hélène
© Andrew Waltham

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Rather A Divided Audience Response for WNO’s From the House of the Dead


Janáček, From the House of the Dead: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Tomáš Hanus (conductor), Venue Cymru (North Wales Theatre), Llandudno, 26.10.2017. (RJF)


WNO’s From the House of the Dead (c) Clive Barda

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Music and Singing Ensures this WNO Fledermaus Staging Deserves Longevity


Johann Strauss II, Die Fledermaus: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / James Southall (conductor), Venue Cymru, Llandudno, 27.10.2017. (RJF)

DIE FLEDERMAUS_WELSH NATIONAL OPERA, Rosalinde; Mary Elizabeth Williams, Eisenstein; Mark Stone, Falke; Ben McAteer, Adele; Rhian Lois, Orlofsky; Emma Carrington, Alfred; Paul Charles Clarke, Frank; Alan Opie, Frosch; Steve Speirs, Conductor Tomas Hanus ,

WNO’s Die Fledermaus – Mary Elizabeth Williams Rosalinde) & Mark Stone (Eisenstein)
(c) Bill Cooper

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An Extraordinary Covent Garden Lucia from Oropesa, Castronovo, Maltman and Mariotti


Donizetti, Lucia di Lammermoor: Soloist; Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Michele Mariotti (conductor). Royal Opera House, London, 30.10.2017. (CC)


Lisette Oropesa (Lucia) & Charles Castronovo (Edgardo) in Lucia di Lammermoor
(c) Stephen Cummiskey

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Some Good Singing and Acting Rescues WNO’s Eugene Onegin from Mediocrity


Tchaikovsky, Eugene Onegin: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Ainár Rubiķis (conductor), Venue Cymru (North Wales Theatre), Llandudno. 25.10.2017. (RJF)


Natalya Romaniw (Tatyana) (c) Betina Skovbro

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