A Fine Performance of Jephtha


HandelJephtha: Soloists, Holst Singers, Academy of Ancient Music / Stephen Layton (conductor), St John’s Smith Square, London, 20.5.2017. (CC) Read more

‘Thrillingly Heroic’: Welsh-Language Opera Y Tŵr’s Underplays the Symbolism but the Performances Impress


Guto Puw, Y Tŵr [The Tower] – first performance: Music Theatre Wales Ensemble / Richard Baker (conductor), Vale of Glamorgan Festival (collaboration between Music Theatre Wales and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru), Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, 19.5.2017. (PCG)

 Female - Caryl Hughes; Male - Gwion Thomas; Photo credit - Clive Barda.

Y Tŵr Caryl Hughes (Female) Gwion Thomas (Male) (c) Clive Barda

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Ravi Shankar’s Fascinating Sukanya


Ravi Shankar – Sukanya (completed David Murphy/Anoushka Shankar, world premiere run, semi-staged): Soloists; Aakash Odedra Company (Rukmini Vijahakumar, Sanjukta Sinha, Gauri Diwakar, Gaurav Ghatti, dancers); Pirasanna Thevarajah (ghatam, morsing, mrindangam, konnokol); Rajkumar Misra (tabla); Parimal Sadaphal (sitar); Ashwani Shankar (shehnai); M. Balachandar (mrindangam, konnokol); BBC Singers; London Philharmonic Orchestra / David Murphy (conductor). Royal Festival Hall, London, 19.5.2017. (CC)

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Even After a Long Evening this Superb Account of Ariodante Leaves One Wanting More


Handel, Ariodante (semi-staged): Soloists, The English Concert / Harry Bicket (conductor/harpsichord). Barbican Hall, London, 16.5.2017. (CC)

Sonia Prina and Mary Bevan; photo credit - Robert Workman

Sonia Prina (Polinesso) & Mary Bevan (Dalinda) in the ECO’s Ariodante (c) Robert Workman

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Despite An Unimpressive Production Bertrand De Billy and the Royal Opera Deliver a Compelling Don Carlo


Verdi, Don Carlo: Cast, Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Bertrand de Billy. Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 12.5.2017. (CC)


The Royal Opera’s Don Carlo (c) ROH/Catherine Ashmore

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A Stimulating and Impressive Magic Flute from Mid Wales Opera


Mozart, The Magic Flute: Soloists and Orchestra of Mid Wales Opera / Jonathan Lyness (conductor), Riverfront Theatre, Newport, 4.5.2017. (GPu)


Mid Wales Opera The Magic Flute (c) Matthew Williams-Ellis

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Opera North’s Golden Touch for Concert Staging Opera Continues in Puccini’s Turandot


Puccini, Turandot: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North / Sir Richard Armstrong, Leeds Town Hall, 28.4.2017. (CF)


Sunyoung Seo (Liù), Alastair Miles (Timur) & Rafael Rojas (Calaf),
Orchestra and Chorus of ON (c) Tristram Kenton

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Adams Conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a Raw, Powerful Performance of Doctor Atomic


 Adams, Doctor Atomic (semi-staged): Soloists, BBC Singers and BBC Symphony Orchestra / John Adams (conductor), Barbican Hall, London, 25.4.2017. (CC)


Brindley Sherratt, Aubrey Allicock and Gerald Finley in Doctor Atomic (c) Mark Allan/BBC

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