Rare Opportunity to See and Experience Vaughan Williams’s Profound Pilgrim’s Progress

02/04/2019

Ralph Vaughan Williams, The Pilgrim’s Progress: Soloists, Chorus and Opera Orchestra of Royal Northern College of Music / David Parry (conductor). RNCM Opera Theatre. Manchester, 31.3.2019. (RJF)

RNCM’s The Pilgrim’s Progress (c) Robert Workman

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Dramatic Intensity and Intimacy in Mid Wales Opera’s Tosca at Newport

02/04/2019

Puccini, Tosca: Soloists, Chorus, Ensemble Cymru / Jonathan Lyness (conductor). Riverfront Arts Centre, Newport. 27.4.2019. (GPu)

Elin Pritchard (Tosca) & Nicholas Folwell (Scarpia) (c) MWO

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Old-Fashioned Singing from Netrebko and Eyvasov is a Highlight of the Royal Opera’s La forza del destino

01/04/2019

 Verdi, La forza del destino: Soloists, Royal Opera Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 29.3.2019. (JPr)

La forza de destino – Anna Netrebko (Leonora) (c) Bill Cooper

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Mid Wales Opera’s Tosca Drew a Full and Appreciative Audience to Theatre Clwyd Mold

27/03/2019

 Puccini, Tosca: Soloists, Ensemble Cymru / Jonathan Lyness (conductor). Theatre Clwyd Mold, 24.3.2019. (RJF)

Elin Pritchard (Tosca) & Nicholas Folwell (Scarpia) (c) MWO

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Chelsea Opera Group Give a Glorious Performance of Boito’s Mefistofele

27/03/2019

Boito, Mefistofele (1881 version, concert performance): Soloists, Chorus of Chelsea Opera Group augmented by members from Opera Alegria and Highgate Choral Society, Chelsea Opera Group Orchestra / Matthew Scott Rogers (conductor). Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, 24.3.2019. (CC)

Chelsea Opera Group’s Mefistofele (c) Robert Workman

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Much to Savour in the Royal Academy’s Tchaikovsky and Ravel Double Bill

24/03/2019

Tchaikovsky and Ravel: Soloists, Royal Academy Opera Chorus and Sinfonia / Gareth Hancock (conductor). Susie Sainsbury Theatre, Royal Academy of Music, London, 18.3.2019. (MB)

Iolanta (c) Robert Workman

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Scottish Opera’s New Kátya Kabanová is Musically Strong but Intermittently Satisfying

17/03/2019

Janáček, Kátya Kabanová: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Scottish Opera / Stuart Stratford (conductor), Theatre Royal, Glasgow, 16.3.2019. (SRT)

Laura Wilde (Kátya Kabanová) & Ric Furman (Boris Grigoryevich) (c) James Glossop

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Fine Singing is the Best Feature of ENO’s Magic Flute Revival

17/03/2019

Mozart, The Magic Flute: Soloists, Orchestra and Chorus of the English National Opera (chorus master: James Henshaw) / Ben Gernon (conductor). London Coliseum, 14.3.2019. (MB)

Rupert Charlesworth (Tamino) & Lucy Crowe (Pamina) © Donald Cooper

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