Unusual Pairing of Dance and Rare Puccini Finds Success at The Lowry Box Office

11/03/2019

Stravinsky and Puccini: Dancers of Phoenix Dance Theatre, Soloists and Orchestra of Opera North / Gary Walker (conductor). The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays. 8.3.2019. (RJF)

Phoenix Dance Theatre – The Rite of Spring (c) Tristram Kenton

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English Touring Opera’s Splendid Account of Idomeneo

11/03/2019

Mozart, Idomeneo: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of English Touring Opera / Jonathan Peter Kenny (conductor). Hackney Empire Theatre, London, 8.3.2019. (MB)

ETO's Idomeneo (c) Richard Hubert Smith

ETO’s Idomeneo (c) Richard Hubert Smith

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Opera North’s Uneven New Production of Magic Flute Lacks Clarity in Salford

09/03/2019

Mozart, The Magic Flute: Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North / Robert Howarth (conductor). The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays. 5.3.2019. (RJF)

Gavan Ring as Papageno (c) Alastair Muir

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Though not for Arachnophobes, WNO’s Roberto Devereux is Graced by Some Top-Class Singing

04/03/2019

Donizetti, Roberto Devereux: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Carlo Rizzi (conductor), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 28.2.2019. (GPu)

Joyce El-Khoury (Elisabeth) & (right) Barry Banks (Roberto) (c) Bill Cooper

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The Royal Opera’s Così fan tutte Revival Marred by Ham-fisted Conducting and Production

03/03/2019

Mozart, Così fan tutte: Soloists, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Royal Opera Chorus (chorus director: William Spaulding) / Stefano Montanari (conductor). Royal Opera House, London, 25.1.2019. (MB)

Serena Malfi (Dorabella) in Così fan tutte (c) Stephen Cummiskey

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Dancing Beavers Give ENO’s New The Merry Widow Ooh La La!

02/03/2019

Lehár, The Merry Widow: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the English National Opera / Kristiina Poska (conductor). London Coliseum, 1.3.2019. (JPr)

ENO’s The Merry Widow © Clive Barda

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Charm and Wit Sparks These Pirates of Penzance at Wilton’s Music Hall

01/03/2019

Gilbert and Sullivan, The Pirates of Penzance: Sasha Regan’s All-Male Hit at Wilton’s Music Hall, London. 27.2.2019. (JB)

Sasha Regan’s All-Male The Pirates of Penzance (c) Scott Rylander

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WNO’s Limited The Magic Flute Production Gets Redeemed by Some Excellent Singing

18/02/2019

Mozart, The Magic Flute: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Damian Iorio (conductor), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 15.2.2019. (GPu)

Tamino (Ben Johnson) (c) Bill Cooper

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