Oliver Mears’ Poorly Thought Out Macbeth Doesn’t Inhibit some Fine Singing and Playing

15/09/2016

Verdi, Macbeth:  (Company Production Premiere) Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Andriy Yurkevich (conductor), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 10.9.2016. (GPu)

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WNO’s Macbeth (c) Richard Hubert Smith

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Good Singing in Rossini’s Il barbiere but Orchestral Contribution was Below Par

15/09/2016

Rossini, Il barbiere di Siviglia: Cast, Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Henrik Nánási (conductor), Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 13.9.2016. (CC)

Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Royal Opera House on 10.9.16

The Royal Opera’s Il barbiere di Siviglia (c) Mark Douet

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Orchestra is the Star in Covent Garden’s Misconceived Production of Norma

15/09/2016

Bellini, Norma: Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Antonio Pappano (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 12.9.2016. (CC)

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The Royal Opera’s Norma (c) Bill Cooper

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Opera Rara’s Revelatory Semiramide at the Proms

07/09/2016

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 Prom 68 – Rossini, Semiramide: Soloists, Opera Rara Chorus, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Sir Mark Elder (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 4.9.2016. (CC)

Mezzo-soprano Daniela Barcellona and soprano Albina Shagimuratova perform at the BBC Proms 2016. Photo credit: BBC/Chris Christodoulou.

Mezzo-soprano Daniela Barcellona and soprano Albina Shagimuratova perform at the BBC Proms 2016. Photo credit: BBC/Chris Christodoulou.

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Victorian Youth Challenges Modern Westminster head-on

23/08/2016

2016 Gilbert & Sullivan Festival [3] – Iolanthe: Young Singers and Chorus of the Gilbert & Sullivan Festival Youth production / Andrew Nicklin (director and musical director), Savoy Festival Theatre, Harrogate, 18.8.2016. (RJW)

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A Fresh Look to The Yeomen of the Guard

23/08/2016

2016 Gilbert & Sullivan Festival [2] – The Yeomen of the Guard: The National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company, National Festival Orchestra, David Steadman (conductor), Royal Hall, Harrogate, 13.8.16. (RJW) 

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The Village of Ploverleigh Rings Out Some Striking Changes

23/08/2016

2016 Gilbert & Sullivan Festival [1] – The Sorcerer: The National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company, Festival Orchestra conducted by David Steadman, Royal Hall, Harrogate, 12.8.2016. (RJW)

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Remarkable Production of Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades

04/08/2016

Tchaikovsky, The Queen of Spades (sung in Russian): Soloists,  Holland Park Opera Chorus; City of London Sinfonia/Peter Robinson. Opera Holland Park, Kensington, London, 2.8.2016. (CC)

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Rosalind Plowright as the Countess in The Queen of Spades (c) OHP

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