Opera North’s First Production of a Verdi Masterpiece Disappoints

15/03/2018

Verdi, Un ballo in maschera: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North / Richard Farnes (conductor), The Lowry, Salford Quays, 10.3.2018. (RJF)

Patricia Bardon (;Ulrica Arvidson) and Richard Mosley-Evans (Christian) (c) Clive Barda

Read more

Janáček’s Last Opera Memorably Staged at the Royal Opera House

12/03/2018

  Janáček, From the House of the Dead: Soloists, Royal Opera Chorus (chorus director: William Spaulding), Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Mark Wigglesworth (conductor). Royal Opera House, London, 10.3.2018. (MB)

From the House of the Dead (c) Clive Barda

From the House of the Dead (c) Clive Barda

Read more

Much to Admire in the Guildhall’s Dialogues des Carmélites

11/03/2018

Poulenc, Dialogues des Carmélites: Soloists, Orchestra and Chorus of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama / Dominic Wheeler (conductor). Silk Street Theatre, London, 5.3.2018. (MB) Read more

Anna Goryachova Beguilingly Stares Down the Camera for Royal Opera’s Carmen in Cinemas

09/03/2018

Bizet, Carmen: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Jakub Hrůša (conductor). Directed for the screen by Pati Marr and broadcast to Cineworld Basildon from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. 6.3.2018. (JPr)

Anna Goryachova (Carmen) (c) Bill Cooper

Read more

Period Productions with Superb Singing and Acting Like This Butterfly are Rare

08/03/2018

Puccini, Madama Butterfly: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North / Martin Pickard (conductor). The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays. 6.3.2018. (RJF)

Anne Sophie Duprels (Butterfly & Merūnas Vitulskis (Pinkerton) (c) Richard H Smith

Read more

Having Your Midsummer Night’s Dream and Eating It

07/03/2018

Britten, A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Soloists, Trinity Boys Choir, Royal College of Music Opera Orchestra / Michael Rosewell (conductor).  Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music London.  5.3.2018.  (JB) Read more

Two Delightful Evenings with English Touring Opera

06/03/2018

Puccini – Il tabarro and Gianni Schicchi, and Mozart – Le nozze di Figaro: Soloists, Orchestra of English Touring Opera / Michael Rosewell and Christopher Stark (conductors). Hackney Empire Theatre, London, 2 and 3.3 2018. (MB)

London, UK. 27.02.2018. English Touring Opera presents The Marriage of Figaro, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, at the Hackney Empire, before touring.  This production is directed by Blanche McIntryre, conducted by Christopher Stark , with design by Neil Irish and lighting design by Rory Beaton. The cast is:Ross Ramgobin (Figaro), Abigail Kelly (Susanna), Dawid Kimberg (Count Almaviva), Nadine Benjamin (Countess Almaviva), Katherine Aitkin (Cherubino), Omar Ebrahim (Bartolo), Gaynor Keeble (Marcellina), Galina Averina (Barbarina), Devon Harrison (Antonio), John-Colyn Gyeantey (Basilio), Stuart Haycock (Don Curzio). Photograph © Jane Hobson.

ETO’s The Marriage of Figaro (L-R Stuart Haycock,, Devon Harrison, Ross Ramgobin, Dawid Kimberg)
© Jane Hobson.

Read more

ENO’s Excellent Company Performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

05/03/2018

Britten, A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Soloists, Trinity Boys’ Choir (choirmaster: David Swinson), Orchestra of the English National Opera / Alexander Soddy (conductor). London Coliseum, 1.3.2018. (MB)

Soraya Mafi (Tytania), Trinity Boys Choir & Joshua Bloom (Bottom) (c) Robert Workman

Read more

« Previous PageNext Page »

Recent Reviews

MW

Facebook-button-1

Season Previews

__________________________________
  • NEW! The 2018 Harrogate International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival __________________________________
  • NEW! Opera North’s Kiss Me, Kate Comes to the London Coliseum and Edinburgh __________________________________
  • NEW! Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
 in 2018/2019 __________________________________
  • NEW! Edinburgh Sunday International Concerts Series in 2018/19 __________________________________
  • NEW! Salzburg Whitsun Festival 7 – 10 June 2019 __________________________________
  • NEW! Bolshoi Ballet 2018/19 UK Cinema Season __________________________________
  • NEW! Opera Holland Park’s 2018 Season Begins Soon __________________________________
  • NEW! 2018-2019 Geneva Grand Theâtre Season __________________________________
  • NEW! 2018/19 Hallé Season in Manchester __________________________________
  • NEW! 2018/19 Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich __________________________________
  • NEW! 2018/19 CBSO at Symphony Hall, Birmingham __________________________________
  • NEW! 2018/19 BBC NOW in Cardiff and Swansea __________________________________
  • NEW! English National Opera in 2018/19 __________________________________
  • NEW! The 2018/19 Birmingham Classical Season __________________________________
  • UPDATED! Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe Star in The King and I at the London Palladium __________________________________
  • NEW! The 2018 BBC Proms __________________________________
  • NEW! Bampton Classical Opera Celebrates its 25th Anniversary with Nicolò Isouard’s Cinderella __________________________________
  • Subscribe to Review Summary Newsletter

    Reviews by Reviewer

    News and Featured Articles

    __________________________________
  • NEW! Schubert Life Death Fantasies: An Equation __________________________________
  • NEW! THE CONDUCTOR ALEXANDER SLADKOVSKY IN CONVERSATION WITH GREGOR TASSIE __________________________________
  • NEW! How Our Grandparents Decided How We Should Listen to Music __________________________________
  • NEW! Abandoned Liszt Opera Sardanapalo Premieres in Weimar in August __________________________________
  • NEW! THE TENOR RUSSELL THOMAS IN CONVERSATION WITH MARGARIDA MOTA-BULL __________________________________
  • NEW! RAFAL BLECHACZ IN CONVERSATION WITH GEOFFREY NEWMAN __________________________________
  • NEW! MARKUS POSCHNER IN CONVERSATION WITH GREGOR TASSIE __________________________________
  • UPDATED! Carly Paoli at Cadogan Hall, Signs for Sony/ATV and Releases New Live Album __________________________________
  • NEW! A Q&A WITH ITALIAN BARITONE FRANCO VASSALLO __________________________________
  • NEW! MICHAEL SANDERLING IN CONVERSATION WITH GREGOR TASSIE __________________________________
  • NEW! HOW TO CONTACT SEEN AND HEARD INTERNATIONAL __________________________________
  • NEW! Trinity Laban Moves to Abolish All-Male Composer Concerts __________________________________
  • NEW! ARABELLA STEINBACHER IN CONVERSATION WITH GREGOR TASSIE __________________________________
  • NEW! THE CONDUCTOR LAURENCE EQUILBEY IN CONVERSATION WITH COLIN CLARKE __________________________________
  • Search S&H

    Archives by Week

    Archives by Month