Royal Opera’s Manon Lescaut Benefits from Pappano’s Masterly Conducting

24/11/2016

Puccini, Manon Lescaut: Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 22.11.2016. (CC)

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Aleksandrs Antonenko (Des Grieux) & Sondra Radvanovsky (Manon Lescaut) (c) Bill Cooper

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Covent Garden’s Revived Tales of Hoffmann Plods Along Despite Excellent Singing

21/11/2016

Offenbach, Les Contes d’Hoffmann (cinema broadcast): Soloists, Royal Opera Chorus (chorus master: William Spaulding), Orchestra of the Royal Opera, Evelino Pidò (conductor), Royal Opera House, London.  (Seen at Curzon Mayfair, London), 15.11.2016. (MB)

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Sofia Fomina (Olympia), Christophe Mortagne (Spalanzani) & Vittorio Grigòlo (Hoffmann)
(c) Catherine Ashmore

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Ellen Kent’s Three Dimensional Aida Puts the ‘Grand’ Back into Grand Opera

18/11/2016

Verdi, Aida: Soloists and chorus of Chisinau National Opera, Members of the Orchestra of the National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Moldova ‘Maria Biesu’ and National Philharmonic of Moldova ‘Serghei Lunchevici’ / Vasyl Vasylenko (conductor), Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, 16.11.2016. (JPr)

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Poster for Ellen Kent’s Aida

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Hartmann’s 30 Years War Opera Simplicius Simplicissimus Has Echoes of Nazi Germany

17/11/2016

Hartmann, Simplicius Simplicissimus (sung in English translation by David Pountney): Soloists, Britten Sinfonia / Timothy Redmond (conductor), Lillian Baylis Theatre at Sadler’s Wells, London, 15.11.2016. (CC)

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Stephanie Corley (Simplicius) & Ensemble. (c) Max Lacome

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Kentridge’s Production of Lulu Another Triumph for English National Opera

16/11/2016

Berg, Lulu: Soloists, Orchestra of the English National Opera / Mark Wigglesworth (conductor). London Coliseum, London, 9.11.2016. (MB)

Brenda Rae and James Morris; photo credit - Catherine Ashmore.

Brenda Rae (Lulu) and James Morris (Dr Schön/Jack the Ripper (c) Catherine Ashmore.

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Puccini Double Bill Culminates with an Out of this World Ending with Suor Angelica

15/11/2016

Puccini, Il tabarro and Suor Angelica: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North / Jac Van Steen (conductor), The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays, 11.11.2016. (RJF)

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Opera North’s Il tabarro (c) Tristram Kenton

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A Musically Pleasing Rigoletto – But a Very Strange Production

14/11/2016

Verdi: Rigoletto, Orchestra and Chorus of the Deutsche Oper / Diego Matheuz (conductor), Deutsche Oper, Berlin, 12.11.2016. (JMI)

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Deutsche Oper’s Rigoletto © B Stöss

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Billy Budd Set Fails to Live Up to the Standards of Earlier Opera North Britten Productions

14/11/2016

Britten, Billy Budd: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North / Garry Walker (conductor), The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays, 10.11.2016. (RJF)

Roderick Williams as Billy Budd; Photo credit - Clive Barda.

Roderick Williams as Billy Budd (c) Clive Barda

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