Welsh National Opera Fascinates with Tchaikowsky’s Merchant of Venice


André Tchaikowsky, The Merchant of Venice: Soloists; Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Lionel Friend. Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 19.7.2017. (CC)


Martin Wölfel (Antonio) and Lester Lynch (Shylock) (c) Johan Persson

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Comedic Leoncavallo: Another Success at Opera Holland Park


 Leoncavallo, Zazà: Soloists; Opera Holland Park Chorus; City of London Sinfonia / Peter Robinson. Opera Holland Park, London, 18.7.2017. (CC)


Zazà at Opera Holland Park (c) Robert Workman

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Lisette Oropesa is Outstanding in Glyndebourne’s Admirable Don Pasquale Revival


2017 Glyndebourne Festival [2] – Donizetti, Don Pasquale: Soloists and Chorus of Glyndebourne Festival Opera, London Philharmonic Orchestra / Giacomo Sagripanti (conductor), Glyndebourne, 15.7.2017. (RB)


Dr Malatesta (Andrey Zhilikhovsky), Norina (Lisette Oropesa) and Don Pasquale (Renato Girolami)
(c) Bill Cooper

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Involvement versus Mimicry


Verdi, Massenet, Mascagni, Richard Strauss, Rossini, Mozart: Artists of The Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / David Syrus, James Hendry, Matthew Scott Rogers (conductors).  Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 16.7.2017. (JB)

Jette Parker Young Artists summer performance; Royal Opera House; Covent Garden; London, UK; 14 July 2017; Mascagni: L’amico Fritz, Act II (‘Cherry’ Duet) Conductor: David Syrus Suzel: Francesca Chiejina Fritz: Thomas Atkins Photo: © ROH Photographer: CLIVE BARDA

Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz Act II (‘Cherry’ Duet)
Francesca Chiejina (Suzel) & Thomas Atkins (Fritz) © ROH/Clive Barda

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Great Singers of One Generation – Joyce El-Khoury and Michael Spyres – Pay Tribute to Those of the Past


Various, Joyce El-Khoury (soprano) and Michael Spyres (tenor): The Hallé / Carlo Rizzi (conductor). Cadogan Hall, London, 14.7.2017. (JPr)

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Opera Holland Park Captivate with Janáček’s Kát’a Kabanová


 Janáček, Kát’a Kabanová: (Sung in Czech) Soloists; Opera Holland Park Chorus; City of London Sinfonia / Sian Edwards (conductor). Holland Park, Kensington, London, 15.7.2017. (CC)

Julia Sporsén as Káťa © Robert Workman

Julia Sporsén as Káťa © Robert Workman

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Despite a Stark Production, Quality Singing Contributes to Buxton’s Successful Lucio Silla


Buxton Festival 2017 [3] – Mozart, Lucio Silla: Soloists, The English Concert Orchestra / Laurence Cummings (conductor). Opera House, Buxton. 9.7.2017. (RJF)

Lucio Silla - Joshua Ellicott as Lucio Silla and Rebecca Bottone as Giunia. Credit Robert Workman

Lucio Silla – Joshua Ellicott (Lucio Silla) & Rebecca Bottone (Giunia) (c) Robert Workman

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Buxton’s Albert Herring Brings Out the Humour and Softens Britten’s Harsh Chords


Buxton Festival 2017 [2] – Britten. Albert Herring: Soloists, Buxton Festival Chorus, NCO Festival Orchestra / Justin Doyle (conductor), Buxton Festival 2017, Opera House, Buxton, 8.7.2017. (RJF)


Buxton Festival 2017’s Albert Herring (c) Robert Workman

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