Heritage Opera Stages Highly Effective La traviata on a Tiny Budget

10/11/2016

Verdi, La traviata: Heritage Opera with keyboard and string quartet accompaniment/ James Longstaffe (conductor),  Lowther Pavilion, Lytham, Lancashire, 9.11.2016.  (MC)

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Final Revival of Schlesinger’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann Indicates Time is Ripe for a New Production

08/11/2016

Offenbach, Les Contes d’Hoffmann: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Evelino Pidò (conductor), Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 7.11.2016. (JPr)

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Les Contes d’Hoffmann Giulietta act (c) Catherine Ashmore

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Perhaps This Rarely Seen Donizetti Opera Deserves to Be Overlooked

04/11/2016

Donizetti, Maria de Rudenz: Wexford Festival Orchestra and Chorus / Andrew Greenwood (conductor), O’Reilly Theatre, National Opera House,, Wexford, 3.11.2016. (JMI)

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Gilda Fiume (Maria de Rudenz) © Clive Barda.

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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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