The Royal Opera’s Così fan tutte Revival Marred by Ham-fisted Conducting and Production

03/03/2019

Mozart, Così fan tutte: Soloists, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Royal Opera Chorus (chorus director: William Spaulding) / Stefano Montanari (conductor). Royal Opera House, London, 25.1.2019. (MB)

Serena Malfi (Dorabella) in Così fan tutte (c) Stephen Cummiskey

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Dancing Beavers Give ENO’s New The Merry Widow Ooh La La!

02/03/2019

Lehár, The Merry Widow: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the English National Opera / Kristiina Poska (conductor). London Coliseum, 1.3.2019. (JPr)

ENO’s The Merry Widow © Clive Barda

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Charm and Wit Sparks These Pirates of Penzance at Wilton’s Music Hall

01/03/2019

Gilbert and Sullivan, The Pirates of Penzance: Sasha Regan’s All-Male Hit at Wilton’s Music Hall, London. 27.2.2019. (JB)

Sasha Regan’s All-Male The Pirates of Penzance (c) Scott Rylander

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WNO’s Limited The Magic Flute Production Gets Redeemed by Some Excellent Singing

18/02/2019

Mozart, The Magic Flute: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Damian Iorio (conductor), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 15.2.2019. (GPu)

Tamino (Ben Johnson) (c) Bill Cooper

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Much to Admire, Musically and Visually, in David Pountney’s WNO Un ballo in maschera Premiere

14/02/2019

 Verdi, Un ballo in maschera: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Carlo Rizzi (conductor), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 9.2.2019. (GPu)

(l to r) Gwyn Hughes Jones (Riccardo), Roland Wood (Renato),
& Mary Elizabeth Williams (Amelia) (c) Bill Cooper

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A Superb Cast, Led by Amanda Majeski, for the Royal Opera’s Katya Kabanova

11/02/2019

Janáček – Katya Kabanova: Soloists, Royal Opera Chorus (chorus master: William Spaulding), Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Edward Gardner (conductor). Royal Opera House, London, 9.2.2019. (MB)

Susan Bickley (Kabanicha) & Amanda Majeski (Katya) (c) ROH/Clive Barda

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Opera Warwick’s Entertaining La vie Parisienne Was Full of Ingenious Ideas

10/02/2019

Offenbach, La vie Parisienne: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Opera Warwick  /  Laurie Duncan (conductor). Warwick Arts Centre Theatre, Coventry, 7.1.2019. (RD)

Gabrielle (Naomi Awre) in Opera Warwick’s La vie Parisienne
(c) Gabrielė Stravinskaitė

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Jaho, Castronovo and Domingo Breathe New Life into a 25th Anniversary Royal Opera Traviata

31/01/2019

Verdi, La traviata: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Antonello Manacorda (conductor). Directed for the screen by Ross MacGibbon and broadcast live from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to Cineworld Basildon, Essex, 30.1.2019. (JPr)

Plácido Domingo (Georgio Germont) & Ermonela Jaho (Violetta Valéry)
(c) Catherine Ashmore

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