Enterprising Russian Opera Double-Bill from Guildhall School of Music

04/11/2016

Stravinsky, Mavra, and Tchaikovsky, Iolanta: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama / Dominic Wheeler (conductor). Silk Street Theatre, London, 2.11.2016. (MB)

Photo credit: Clive Barda.

Ibn-Hakia (Joseph Padfield), Iolanta (Elizabeth Skinner), and King René (David Ireland) (c) Clive Barda

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Alcina’s Enchanted Island Relocates to S&M Club in RAM’s Compelling Production

29/10/2016

Handel, Alcina: Soloists, Chorus (chorus master: Ben Glassberg), Royal Academy Sinfonia, Iain Ledingham (conductor), Hackney Round Chapel, London, 26.10.2016. (MB)

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Alcina (c) Robert Workman

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Joubert Receives Ovation at World Premiere of Jane Eyre in Concert Form

27/10/2016

John Joubert, Jane Eyre (a concert performance of John Joubert’s opera after the novel of Charlotte Brontë to the libretto of Kenneth Birkin): Soloists, English Symphony Orchestra / Kenneth Woods (conductor), The Ruddock Performing Arts Centre, Birmingham, 25.10.2016. (GR)

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John Joubert’s Jane Eyre with the English Symphony Orchestra (c) Pierre Joubert

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All-round Excellence from Opera North in new Billy Budd

25/10/2016

Britten, Billy Budd: Soloists and Chorus of Opera North / Garry Walker (conductor),  Grand Theatre, Leeds, 21.10.2016. (JL)

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Alan Oke (Captain Vere) and Alastair Miles (John Claggart) (c) Clive Barda

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Barrie Kosky Brings Madcap Mayhem to The Nose at Covent Garden

21/10/2016

Shostakovich, The Nose: Soloists, Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Ingo Metzmacher. Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 20.10.2016. (JPr)

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Barrie Kosky’s The Nose (c) Bill Cooper

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ENO’s Theatrical Les pêcheurs de perles is Exposed to the Elements

21/10/2016

Bizet: The Pearl Fishers (Les pêcheurs de perles): (sung in English, with surtitles): Cast, Chorus & Orchestra of English National Opera / Roland Böer.(conductor), London Coliseum, 19.10.2016. (CC)

The Pearl Fishers Claudia Boyle (c) Robbie Jack

Claudia Boyle (Leïla) (c) Robbie Jack

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Covent Garden’s New Così fan tutte Fails to Offer Fresh Insights

18/10/2016

Mozart, Così fan tutte: Soloists, Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Semyon Bychkov (conductor). Directed for the cinema by Jonathan Haswell and broadcast live to Cineworld Basildon from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 17.10.2016. (JPr)

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Corinne Winters, Sabina Puértolas, Angela Brower in Così fan tutte
© Stephen Cummiskey

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The Fairy Queen: Musically a Triumph but the Production Tried Too Hard

12/10/2016

Purcell, The Fairy Queen (semi-staged performance): Soloists, Choir of the Academy of Ancient Music; Academy of Ancient Music / Richard Egarr (harpsichord/director). Barbican Hall, London, 10.10.2016. (CC)

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AAM’s The Fairy Queen (c) Ben Ealovega

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