A Rewarding Rarity by John Blow Revived in London

10/06/2019

Handel, Aminta e Fillide and Blow – Venus and Adonis: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama / Chad Kelly (conductor). Milton Court Theatre, London, 5.6.2019. (MB)

Cupid Collin Shea centre ) and chorus (c) Clive Barda
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Exceptional Don Carlo at Grange Park Opera

08/06/2019

Grange Park Opera 2019 – Verdi, Don Carlo: Soloists, Grange Park Opera Chorus, English National Opera Orchestra / Gianluca Marcianò (conductor). West Horsley Place, Surrey. 6.6.2019. (VV)

Marina Costa-Jackson (Elisabeth) and Leonardo Capalbo (Don Carlos)
(c) Robert Workman
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Good Performance of Manon Lescaut Despite a Less than Engaging Production

06/06/2019

Puccini, Manon Lescaut: Soloists, Opera Holland Park Chorus (chorus master: Richard Harker), City of London Sinfonia, Peter Robinson (conductor). Holland Park, London, 4.6.2019 (MB)

Elizabeth Llewellyn (Manon Lescaut). Shadow Manons and OHP Chorus
© Robert Workman
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Unfamiliar Gluck Operas Revived and Performed with Utmost Care by The Mozartists

03/06/2019

Gluck: Soloists, The Mozartists / Ian Page (conductor). Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, 31.5.2019. (CC)

Lena Belkina (Orfeo) (c) Benjamin Ealovega
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Grigòlo, Opolais and Terfel Feature in the Royal Opera’s ‘Blood and Thunder’ Revival of Tosca

29/05/2019

Puccini, Tosca: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Alexander Joel (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 27.5.2019. (JPr)

Kristine Opolais (Tosca) & Bryn Terfel (Scarpia) (c) Catherine Ashmore

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The Southbank Centre Presents Stockhausen’s Donnerstag aus Licht

24/05/2019

Stockhausen, Donnerstag aus Licht: Soloists, Le Balcon, Royal Academy of Music Manson Ensemble, New London Chamber Choir, London Sinfonietta / Maxime Pascal (conductor). Royal Festival Hall, London 22.5.2019. (CC)

Henri Deléger, (Michael, trumpet), Emmannuelle Grach (Michael, dancer)
and Safir Behloul (Michael in Act III, tenor) (c) Tristram Kenton

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Alagna and Radvanovsky Transcend Criticism in Giordano’s Overwrought Andrea Chénier

22/05/2019

Giordano, Andrea Chénier: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Daniel Oren (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 20.5.2019. (JPr)

Roberto Alagna (Andrea Chénier) & Sondra Radvanovsky (Maddalena)
(c) Tristram Kenton

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Opera North’s Aida is Superb in Music and Concept

22/05/2019

Verdi, Aida: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North / Sir Richard Armstrong (conductor), Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 21.5.2019. (SRT)

Opera North’s Aida (c) Clive Barda

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