André Tchaikowsky Makes an Important Contribution to Shakespearean Opera with his Merchant of Venice

20/09/2016

André Tchaikowsky, The Merchant of Venice:  (UK Premiere) Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Lionel Friend (conductor), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 16.9.2016. (GPu)

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Martin Wolfel (Antonio) and Lester Lynch (Shylock) in The Mechant of Venice
Photo credit Johan Persson

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Young Singers Perform an Immensely Creative Barber of Seville

18/09/2016

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Rossini 2016 Festival – The Barber of Seville:  Rossini 2016 Festival Soloists, Orchestra and Chorus, Gaetano Lo Coco (Conductor), Cadogan Hall, London, 12.9.2016. (RB) Read more

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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