Finely Produced and Performed Il turco in Italia at Garsington Opera



Rossini, Il turco in Italia: Soloists, Garsington Opera Orchestra & Chorus / David Parry, Garsington Opera at Wormsley, 29.6.2016. (CR)


Il turco in Italia (c) Alice Pennefather

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Vocal Performances to Treasure Despite Stygian Gloom of Keith Warner’s Covent Garden Otello


Verdi, Otello: Soloists, Royal Opera Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 28.6.2017. (JPr)


Otello Act I (c) Catherine Ashmore

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Rousset and Royal Opera Dazzle with Mozart’s Mitridate


Mozart, Mitridate, rè di Ponto: Cast, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Christophe Rousset (harpsichord). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 26.6.2017. (CC)

Michael Spyres as Mitridate © ROH. Photo by Bill Cooper.

Michael Spyres as Mitridate © ROH/Bill Cooper

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Lise Davidsen is Imperious in Katharina Thoma’s Comic and Profound Ariadne auf Naxos


Glyndebourne Festival 2017 [1] – Richard Strauss, Ariadne auf Naxos: Soloists, London Philharmonic Orchestra / Cornelius Meister (conductor). Glyndebourne, East Sussex. 25.6.2017. (JPr)


Lise Davidsen (Prima Donna/Ariadne) & Nicholas Folwell (Major-Domo) (c) Robert Workman

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Inconsistent vocals mediated by strong conducting: Verdi’s La traviata at the Royal Opera


 Verdi, La traviata: Cast, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Maurizio Benini. Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 24.6.2017. (CC)


Ekaterina Bakanova (Violetta Valéry) & Atalla Ayan (Alfredo) (c) Tristram Kenton

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WNO’s ‘Musically Glorious’ Rosenkavalier shines in a Perceptive and Focused Production


 Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Tomáš Hanus (conductor), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 10.6.2017. (GPu)

Rebecca Evans (Marschallin); photo credit: Bill Cooper.

Rebecca Evans (Marschallin) in WNO’s Der Rosenkavalier (c) Bill Cooper

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Impressive Young Singers Vie with Foxing Visuals in Janáček’s Opera


Janáček, The Cunning Little Vixen: Soloists, Orchestrof Byre Opera / Michael Downes (conductor), Byre Theatre, St Andrews, 17.6.2017. (SRT) Read more

Garsington Opera’s Provocative and Compelling Staging of Pelléas et Mélisande



Debussy, Pelléas et Mélisande: Soloists, Philharmonia Orchestra & Garsington Opera Chorus / Jac van Steen, Garsington Opera, Wormsley, 18.6.2017. (CR)


Mélisande (Andrea Carroll) In Pelléas et Mélisande (c) Clive Barda

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