Laughter in the Dark: Scottish Opera Pass the Test of Glass’s The Trial

05/02/2017

Philip Glass, The TrialSoloists of Scottish Opera / Derek Clark (conductor),  King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, 3.2.2017. (SRT)

Nicholas Lester, Paul Carey Jones and Daniel Norman in The Trial. Scottish Opera 2017. Credit James Glossop.

Nicholas Lester, Paul Carey Jones and Daniel Norman in The Trial (c) James Glossop

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Spectacular effects from Opera North in supporting a flawed musical drama

27/01/2017

Rimsky-Korsakov, The Snow Maiden: Soloists and Chorus of Opera North/Leo McFall, Grand Theatre, Leeds, 21.1.2017. (JL)

Photo credit: Richard Hubert Smith.

The Ice Maiden (c) Richard Hubert Smith.

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Much to Admire in the LPO’s Fidelio – but not the Misguided Semi-Staging

23/01/2017

Beethoven – Fidelio (semi-staged performance): Soloists, Simon Williams and Helen Ryan (narrators), London Voices, London Philharmonic Orchestra / Vladimir Jurowski. Royal Festival Hall, London 21.1.2017. (JPr)

Fidelio, Belief & Beyond Belief.

LPO’s Fidelio (c) Simon Jay Price

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Jonas Kaufmann Returns from Illness in a Perplexing Production of Lohengrin

23/01/2017

Wagner, Lohengrin: Soloists, Chorus (chorus master: José Luis Basso) and Orchestra of the Opéra national de Paris / Philippe Jordan (conductor). Opéra Bastille, Paris, 21.1.2017. (MB)

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Jonas Kaufmann (Lohengrin) & Martina Serafin (Elsa) (c) Monika Rittershaus/Opéra national de Paris

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Opera Warwick’s Die Fledermaus in Coventry

22/01/2017

Johann Strauss:  Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Opera Warwick / Paul McGrath (conductor), University of Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, UK, 19.1.2017. (RD)

Frank (Michael Green)and the Chorus go to the aid of the floored Eisenstein (Ross Kelly); photo credit - Warwick Opera.

Frank (Michael Green)and the Chorus go to the aid of the floored Eisenstein (Ross Kelly) (c) Peter Marsh/ashmorevisuals

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Covent Garden Sees New Cast Perform Verdi’s La traviata With Mixed Results

18/01/2017

Verdi, La traviata: Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Daniele Rustioni. Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 16.1.2017 (CC)

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Joyce El-Khoury (Violetta Valéry) & Artur Rucínski (Giorgio Germont) © ROH/Tristram Kenton

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Benjamin at Covent Garden: An Historical and Unmissable Performance

15/01/2017

Benjamin, Written on Skin: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/George Benjamin. Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 13.1.2017. (CC)

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Royal Opera’s Written on Skin (c) Stephen Cummiskey

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Simon Rattle Leads an Outstanding Concert Performance of Le grand macabre

15/01/2017

Ligeti – Le grand macabre: Soloists, London Symphony Chorus (chorus master: Simon Halsey), London Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle (conductor). Barbican Hall, London, 14.1.2017. (MB)

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Audrey Luna (Gepopo), Sir Simon Rattle (conductor) and London Symphony Orchestra (c) John Phillips/Getty Images

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