Saffron Opera Group’s Ring Continues to Impress

11/10/2016

Wagner, Die Walküre (concert performance): Soloists and Saffron Opera Group Orchestra / Michael Thorne (conductor). Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden, Essex, 9.10.2016. (JPr)

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Michael Bracegirdle (Siegmund) & Elisabeth Meister (Sieglinde) (c) SOG

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WNO’s Intoxicating Kiss Me, Kate Has Vivacious Energy and Effervescent Intelligence

05/10/2016

Cole Porter, Kiss Me, Kate (Company Production Premiere): Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / James Holmes (conductor), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 29.9.2016. (GPu)

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Kiss Me, Kate
Landi Oshinowo (Hattie), Jeni Bern (Lilli Vanessi & Katharine), Quirijn de Lang (Fred Graham/Petruchio)
(c) Richard Hubert Smith

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Emotionally Powerful Puccini Double Bill from Opera North

04/10/2016

Puccini: Il Tabarro and Suor Angelica, Orchestra and soloists of Opera North, Jac van Steen  (conductor),  Leeds Grand Theatre, Leeds, 1.10.2016. (JL)

Giselle Allen as Giorgetta. Photo credit: Tristram Kenton.

Il Tabarro – Giselle Allen as Giorgetta (c) Tristram Kenton.

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Musically Strong and Intelligently Staged Don Giovanni at ENO

04/10/2016

Mozart, Don Giovanni: Soloists, Chorus (chorus master: James Henshaw) and Orchestra of the English National Opera, Mark Wigglesworth (conductor). Coliseum, London, 30.9.2016. (MB)

ENO Don Giovanni Clive Bayley and Christopher Purves. Photo credit: Robert Workman.

ENO’s Don Giovanni – Clive Bayley (Leporello) and Christopher Purves (Don Giovanni)
Photo credit: Robert Workman

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Verve, Passion and Intense Drama at the Cinema from Royal Opera’s Norma

28/09/2016

The ROH Live Cinema Season 2016/17 – Bellini, Norma: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of The Royal Opera / Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor). Directed for the screen by Jonathan Haswell and broadcast to Cineworld Basildon from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 26.9.2016. (JPr)

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Norma Act I (c) Bill Cooper

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Lack of Coherence Between Music and Production in Covent Garden’s Così fan tutte

26/09/2016

Mozart, Così fan tutte: Soloists, Royal Opera Chorus (chorus master: William Spaulding), Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Semyon Bychkov (conductor). Royal Opera House, London, 22.9.2016. (MB)

Così fan tutte The Royal Opera 22 September—19 October 2016 Main Stage  Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Cast: Corinne Winters Angela Brower Daniel Behle Alessio Arduini Johannes Martin Kränzle Sabina Puértolas Creative Team: Libretto - Lorenzo da Ponte Conductor - Semyon Bychkov Director - Jan Philipp Gloger Set Designer - Ben Baur Costume Designer - Karin Jud Lighting Designer - Bernd Purkrabek Dramaturg - Katharina John

The Royal Opera’s Così fan tutte (c) ROH/Stephen Cummiskey

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Haydn and Mysliveček Provide a Memorable Evening, Full of Delights

21/09/2016

Haydn, Mysliveček: Susanna Hurrell (Gasparina); Rachel Kelly (Apollonia); Kitty Whately (Don Ettore); Robert Murray (Don Pelagio); Orchestra of Classical Opera/Ian Page. Wigmore Hall, London, 19.9.2016. (CC) Read more

Bampton Classical Opera Come to Town with Gluck and Arne Operas

21/09/2016

 Gluck, Bauci e Filemone & Arne, The Judgment of Paris (sung in English): Soloists, CHROMA, Paul Wingfield (conductor). St John’s, Smith Square, London, 13.9.2016. (MB) Read more

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