Opera North Does Full Justice to McVicar’s Production of Rosenkavalier

14/11/2016

Richard Strauss, Der Rosenkavalier: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North / Aleksandar Markovic (conductor), The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays. 9.11.2016. (RJF)

Ylva Kihlberg as The Marschallin and Helen Sherman as Octavian. Photo credit: Robert Workman.

Ylva Kihlberg (The Marschallin) and Helen Sherman (Octavian) (c) Robert Workman.

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Bam! Wham! Pow! Fulham Opera’s Entertaining Die Fledermaus is a Must-See

13/11/2016

Johann Strauss II, Die Fledermaus: Soloists and Orchestra of Fulham Opera / Tom Newall (conductor). St John’s Church, Fulham, London, 11.11.2016. (JPr)

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Dress rehearsal photo from Fulham Opera’s Die Fledermaus (c) David Greeney

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Ellen Kent Upholds Values of Traditional Staging in Touring Aida

12/11/2016

Verdi, Aida: 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, 10.11.2016. (MC)

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Aida (c) Ellen Kent Productions

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Heritage Opera Stages Highly Effective La traviata on a Tiny Budget

10/11/2016

Verdi, La traviata: Heritage Opera with keyboard and string quartet accompaniment/ James Longstaffe (conductor),  Lowther Pavilion, Lytham, Lancashire, 9.11.2016.  (MC)

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Final Revival of Schlesinger’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann Indicates Time is Ripe for a New Production

08/11/2016

Offenbach, Les Contes d’Hoffmann: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Evelino Pidò (conductor), Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 7.11.2016. (JPr)

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Les Contes d’Hoffmann Giulietta act (c) Catherine Ashmore

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Perhaps This Rarely Seen Donizetti Opera Deserves to Be Overlooked

04/11/2016

Donizetti, Maria de Rudenz: Wexford Festival Orchestra and Chorus / Andrew Greenwood (conductor), O’Reilly Theatre, National Opera House,, Wexford, 3.11.2016. (JMI)

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Gilda Fiume (Maria de Rudenz) © Clive Barda.

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Enterprising Russian Opera Double-Bill from Guildhall School of Music

04/11/2016

Stravinsky, Mavra, and Tchaikovsky, Iolanta: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama / Dominic Wheeler (conductor). Silk Street Theatre, London, 2.11.2016. (MB)

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Ibn-Hakia (Joseph Padfield), Iolanta (Elizabeth Skinner), and King René (David Ireland) (c) Clive Barda

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Alcina’s Enchanted Island Relocates to S&M Club in RAM’s Compelling Production

29/10/2016

Handel, Alcina: Soloists, Chorus (chorus master: Ben Glassberg), Royal Academy Sinfonia, Iain Ledingham (conductor), Hackney Round Chapel, London, 26.10.2016. (MB)

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Alcina (c) Robert Workman

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