Much to Admire in the Guildhall’s Dialogues des Carmélites

11/03/2018

Poulenc, Dialogues des Carmélites: Soloists, Orchestra and Chorus of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama / Dominic Wheeler (conductor). Silk Street Theatre, London, 5.3.2018. (MB) Read more

Anna Goryachova Beguilingly Stares Down the Camera for Royal Opera’s Carmen in Cinemas

09/03/2018

Bizet, Carmen: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Jakub Hrůša (conductor). Directed for the screen by Pati Marr and broadcast to Cineworld Basildon from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. 6.3.2018. (JPr)

Anna Goryachova (Carmen) (c) Bill Cooper

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Period Productions with Superb Singing and Acting Like This Butterfly are Rare

08/03/2018

Puccini, Madama Butterfly: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North / Martin Pickard (conductor). The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays. 6.3.2018. (RJF)

Anne Sophie Duprels (Butterfly & Merūnas Vitulskis (Pinkerton) (c) Richard H Smith

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Having Your Midsummer Night’s Dream and Eating It

07/03/2018

Britten, A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Soloists, Trinity Boys Choir, Royal College of Music Opera Orchestra / Michael Rosewell (conductor).  Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music London.  5.3.2018.  (JB) Read more

Two Delightful Evenings with English Touring Opera

06/03/2018

Puccini – Il tabarro and Gianni Schicchi, and Mozart – Le nozze di Figaro: Soloists, Orchestra of English Touring Opera / Michael Rosewell and Christopher Stark (conductors). Hackney Empire Theatre, London, 2 and 3.3 2018. (MB)

London, UK. 27.02.2018. English Touring Opera presents The Marriage of Figaro, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, at the Hackney Empire, before touring.  This production is directed by Blanche McIntryre, conducted by Christopher Stark , with design by Neil Irish and lighting design by Rory Beaton. The cast is:Ross Ramgobin (Figaro), Abigail Kelly (Susanna), Dawid Kimberg (Count Almaviva), Nadine Benjamin (Countess Almaviva), Katherine Aitkin (Cherubino), Omar Ebrahim (Bartolo), Gaynor Keeble (Marcellina), Galina Averina (Barbarina), Devon Harrison (Antonio), John-Colyn Gyeantey (Basilio), Stuart Haycock (Don Curzio). Photograph © Jane Hobson.

ETO’s The Marriage of Figaro (L-R Stuart Haycock,, Devon Harrison, Ross Ramgobin, Dawid Kimberg)
© Jane Hobson.

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ENO’s Excellent Company Performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

05/03/2018

Britten, A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Soloists, Trinity Boys’ Choir (choirmaster: David Swinson), Orchestra of the English National Opera / Alexander Soddy (conductor). London Coliseum, 1.3.2018. (MB)

Soraya Mafi (Tytania), Trinity Boys Choir & Joshua Bloom (Bottom) (c) Robert Workman

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WNO’s Urgent and Thought-Provoking Don Giovanni

27/02/2018

Mozart, Don GiovanniSoloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / James Southall (conductor), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 22.2.2018. (GPu)

Elizabeth Watts (Donna Elvira) & David Stout (Leporello) © Robert Hubert Smith

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Opera North’s Revived Don Giovanni Misfires in the Age of #MeToo

24/02/2018

Mozart, Don Giovanni: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North / Christoph Altstaedt (conductor), Leeds Grand Theatre, 21.2.18. (CF)

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Elizabeth Atherton (Donna Elvira) & John Savournin (Leporello) © Bill Cooper

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