English National Opera and Cast Impress in Mike Leigh’s Production of The Pirates of Penzance

13/02/2017

Gilbert & Sullivan, The Pirates of Penzance: Chorus & Orchestra of English National Opera / Gareth Jones. Coliseum, London, 9.2.2017. (CC)

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Sir John Tomlinson in Mike Leigh’s The Pirates of Penzance (c) Tom Bowles

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WNO’s La bohème is all the More Powerful for its Traditional Approach

09/02/2017

Puccini, La bohème:  (Production Revival) Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Manlio Benzi (conductor), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 28.1.2017. (GPu)

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Marina Costa-Jackson (Mimì) and Dominick Chenes (Rodolfo) (c) Robert Workman

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The Royal Opera Revives David McVicar’s Production of Adriana Lecouvreur

08/02/2017

Cilea, Adriana Lecouvreur: Soloists, dancers, chorus and orchestra of The Royal Opera / Daniel Oren (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. 7.2.2017. (JPr)

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Angela Gheorghiu (Adriana Lecouvreur) & Brian Jagde (Maurizio) (c) Catherine Ashmore

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Innovative tricks in Opera North’s New, Musically Distinguished Hansel and Gretel

05/02/2017

Humperdinck, Hansel and Gretel: Soloists and Chorus of Opera North / Christophe Altstaedt, Grand Theatre, Leeds. 2.2.2017. (JL)

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Fflur Wyn as Gretel and Katie Bray as Hansel (c) Robert Workman

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Jonathan Miller’s Rigoletto Comes Round Again at ENO

05/02/2017

Verdi, Rigoletto: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of English National Opera / Sir Richard Armstrong (conductor). London Coliseum, London, 4.2.2017. (JPr)

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Monterone (Nicholas Folwell) & Rigoletto (Nicholas Pallesen) (c) Alastair Muir

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Laughter in the Dark: Scottish Opera Pass the Test of Glass’s The Trial

05/02/2017

Philip Glass, The TrialSoloists of Scottish Opera / Derek Clark (conductor),  King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, 3.2.2017. (SRT)

Nicholas Lester, Paul Carey Jones and Daniel Norman in The Trial. Scottish Opera 2017. Credit James Glossop.

Nicholas Lester, Paul Carey Jones and Daniel Norman in The Trial (c) James Glossop

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Spectacular effects from Opera North in supporting a flawed musical drama

27/01/2017

Rimsky-Korsakov, The Snow Maiden: Soloists and Chorus of Opera North/Leo McFall, Grand Theatre, Leeds, 21.1.2017. (JL)

Photo credit: Richard Hubert Smith.

The Ice Maiden (c) Richard Hubert Smith.

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Much to Admire in the LPO’s Fidelio – but not the Misguided Semi-Staging

23/01/2017

Beethoven – Fidelio (semi-staged performance): Soloists, Simon Williams and Helen Ryan (narrators), London Voices, London Philharmonic Orchestra / Vladimir Jurowski. Royal Festival Hall, London 21.1.2017. (JPr)

Fidelio, Belief & Beyond Belief.

LPO’s Fidelio (c) Simon Jay Price

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