Inconsistent vocals mediated by strong conducting: Verdi’s La traviata at the Royal Opera

26/06/2017

 Verdi, La traviata: Cast, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Maurizio Benini. Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 24.6.2017. (CC)

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Ekaterina Bakanova (Violetta Valéry) & Atalla Ayan (Alfredo) (c) Tristram Kenton

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WNO’s ‘Musically Glorious’ Rosenkavalier shines in a Perceptive and Focused Production

21/06/2017

 Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Tomáš Hanus (conductor), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 10.6.2017. (GPu)

Rebecca Evans (Marschallin); photo credit: Bill Cooper.

Rebecca Evans (Marschallin) in WNO’s Der Rosenkavalier (c) Bill Cooper

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Impressive Young Singers Vie with Foxing Visuals in Janáček’s Opera

20/06/2017

Janáček, The Cunning Little Vixen: Soloists, Orchestrof Byre Opera / Michael Downes (conductor), Byre Theatre, St Andrews, 17.6.2017. (SRT) Read more

Garsington Opera’s Provocative and Compelling Staging of Pelléas et Mélisande

20/06/2017

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Debussy, Pelléas et Mélisande: Soloists, Philharmonia Orchestra & Garsington Opera Chorus / Jac van Steen, Garsington Opera, Wormsley, 18.6.2017. (CR)

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Mélisande (Andrea Carroll) In Pelléas et Mélisande (c) Clive Barda

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Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream – A Concert Hall Celebration

18/06/2017

Aldeburgh Festival 2017 [1} – Britten, A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Soloists, Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra / Ryan Wigglesworth (conductor), The Concert Hall, Snape Maltings, Suffolk 12.6.2017. (MH)

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Aldeburgh Festtival 2017 – A Midsummer Night’s Dream (c) Hugo Glendinning

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Anthony Negus and Carmen Jakobi’s Tristan und Isolde at Longborough Excels Musically and Scenically

14/06/2017

Wagner, Tristan und Isolde: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Longborough Festival Opera / Anthony Negus (conductor), Longborough, 12.6.2017. (JPr)

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Lee Bisset (Isolde) & Peter Wedd (Tristan) in LFO’s Tristan und Isolde (c) Matthew Williams-Ellis

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Lovely European Premiere of Schnyder’s Yardbird at the English National Opera

13/06/2017

Schnyder, Yardbird: Soloists, Members of the Orchestra of English National Opera / Clark Rundell. Hackney Empire, London, 9.6.2017. (CC)

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ENO’s Yardbird with Lawrence Brownlee (Charlie Parker) (c) Richard Hubert Smith

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ETO’s Tosca Draws you into a Stifling Environment of Unease and Fear

13/06/2017

Puccini, Tosca: Soloists, Ensemble and Orchestra of English Touring Opera / Michael Rosewell (conductor). Grand Theatre, Blackpool, Lancashire. 10.6.2017. (MC)

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ETO’s Tosca – Craig Smith (Scarpia) & Paula Sides (Tosca) © Richard Hubert Smith

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