Robert Hugill’s The Gardeners: A Beautiful Piece, Beautifully Performed

22/06/2019

Robert Hugill, The GardenersInstrumental Ensemble (Oliver Wass {harp], Charlotte Amherst [violin] Joanna Patrick [viola], Sophie Hayes [cello], Anthony Friend [clarinet]) / William Vann (conductor). Conway Hall, London 18.6.2019. (CC)

Robert Hugill’s The Gardeners (c) Robert Piwko

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A Memorable Boris Godunov at Covent Garden

21/06/2019

Mussorgsky – Boris Godunov: Soloists, Trinity Boys’ Choir, Royal Opera Chorus and Extra Chorus (chorus master: William Spaulding), Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Marc Albrecht (conductor). Royal Opera House, London, 19.6.2019. (MB)

Bryn Terfel as Boris Godunov, Joshua Abrams as Fyodor (c) ROH/Clive Barda

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WNO’s Admirable Dallapiccola and Beethoven Double Bill Reveals Similarities and Differences

15/06/2019

Dallapicolla, The Prisoner and Beethoven, Fidelio (Act II): Soloists, WNO Chorus, WNO Community Chorus, BBC National Orchestra of Wales / Lothar Koenigs (conductor). Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 14.6.2019. (GPu)

WNO’s The Prisoner – Lester Lynch (The Prisoner) & Peter Hoare (The Gaoler)
(c) Richard Hubert-Smith

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Un ballo is Another Stimulating Production from Opera Holland Park

15/06/2019

Verdi, Un ballo in maschera: Soloists, Cast, Opera Holland Park Chorus, City of London Sinfonia / Matthew Kofi Waldren (conductor). Holland Park, London, 12.6.2019. (CC)

Benjamin Bevan (Ribbing), Anne Sophie Duprels (Amelia) & George von Bergen (Anckarstrom)
© Ali Wright

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Glyndebourne’s Cendrillon is Memorable in Every Way

12/06/2019

Glyndebourne Festival Opera [2] – Massenet, Cendrillon: Soloists, Glyndebourne Chorus, London Philharmonic Orchestra / John Wilson (conductor). Glyndebourne Festival Opera, 8.6.2019. (CC)

Cendrillon (Danielle de Niese) and Prince Charming (Kate Lindsey)
(c) Richard Hubert Smith.
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Garsington Opera’s The Bartered Bride is a Winning Summer’s Evening

12/06/2019

Garsington Opera 2019 [1] – Bedřich Smetana, The Bartered Bride: Soloists, Garsington Opera Chorus, Philharmonia Orchestra / Jac van Steen (conductor). Garsington Opera at Wormsley, 8.6.2018. (CR)

Garsington Opera’s The Bartered Bride (c) Clive Barda
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Heggie’s Dead Man Walking Makes a Theatrically Compelling Start to WNO’s Freedom Season

11/06/2019

Heggie, Dead Man Walking:  Soloists, WNO Youth Opera and Children’s Chorus, Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Karen Kamensek (conductor), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 7.6.2019. (GPu)

Morgan Smith (Joseph De Rocher) and Luca Cervoni (Sister Helen) (c) Johan Persson
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With Das Rheingold Longborough Sets Off Once Again on the Ring Road

11/06/2019

Longborough Festival Opera 2019 [1] – Wagner, Das Rheingold: Soloists, Longborough Festival Opera Orchestra / Anthony Negus (conductor). Longborough, 9.6.2019. (JPr)

Mark Le Brocq (Loge) (c) Matthew Williams-Ellis
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