WNO’s Urgent and Thought-Provoking Don Giovanni

27/02/2018

Mozart, Don GiovanniSoloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / James Southall (conductor), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 22.2.2018. (GPu)

Elizabeth Watts (Donna Elvira) & David Stout (Leporello) © Robert Hubert Smith

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Opera North’s Revived Don Giovanni Misfires in the Age of #MeToo

24/02/2018

Mozart, Don Giovanni: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North / Christoph Altstaedt (conductor), Leeds Grand Theatre, 21.2.18. (CF)

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Elizabeth Atherton (Donna Elvira) & John Savournin (Leporello) © Bill Cooper

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UK Première of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking at the Barbican

21/02/2018

 Jake Heggie, Dead Man Walking: Soloists, BBC Singers, Singers from Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Finchley Children’s Music Group, BBC Symphony Orchestra/ Mark Wigglesworth (conductor), Barbican Hall, London, 20.2.2018. (VV)

Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking featuring Joyce DiDonato (Sister Helen) (c) Mark Allan/Barbican

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Highly Entertaining Iolanthe from ENO

16/02/2018

 Gilbert & Sullivan, Iolanthe (ed. Henty/Hulme): Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra of English National Opera / Christopher Henty (conductor). London Coliseum, 13.2.2018. (CC)

ENO Cast, Iolanthe; (c) Clive Barda/ArenaPAL.

ENO’s Cast in Iolanthe (c) Clive Barda/ArenaPAL.

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After 25 Years, Blakemore’s WNO Tosca Continues to Serve the Opera Well

14/02/2018

Puccini, Tosca: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Carlo Rizzi (conductor), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 9.2.2018. (GPu)

Hector Sandoval (Cavaradossi) & Claire Rutter (Tosca) © Robert Hubert Smith

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Barrie Kosky’s Carmen for the Royal Opera is a Tedious Affair

08/02/2018

Bizet, Carmen: Soloists, Royal Opera Chorus (chorus director: William Spaulding), Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Jakub Hrůsá (conductor). Royal Opera House, London, 6.2.2018. (MB)

Barrie Kosky’s Carmen (c) Bill Cooper

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Joseph Calleja’s Open-faced Charisma and Honeyed Tones make this a Memorable Tosca

08/02/2018

Puccini, Tosca: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Dan Ettinger (conductor), Broadcast from the Royal Opera House to Cineworld Basildon, Essex, 7.2.2018. (JPr)

Adrianne Pieczonka (Tosca) & Joseph Calleja (Cavardossi) (c) Catherine Ashmore

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WNO’s New La forza del destino Packs a Considerable Punch

07/02/2018

Verdi, La forza del destino: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Carlo Rizzi (conductor), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 2.2.2018. (GPu)

Gwyn Hughes Jones (Alvaro) and Justina Gringytė (Preziosilla). Photograph by Richard Hubert Smith.

Gwyn Hughes Jones (Alvaro) & Justina Gringytė (Preziosilla) (c) Richard Hubert Smith.

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