All-round Excellence from Opera North in new Billy Budd

25/10/2016

Britten, Billy Budd: Soloists and Chorus of Opera North / Garry Walker (conductor),  Grand Theatre, Leeds, 21.10.2016. (JL)

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Alan Oke (Captain Vere) and Alastair Miles (John Claggart) (c) Clive Barda

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Barrie Kosky Brings Madcap Mayhem to The Nose at Covent Garden

21/10/2016

Shostakovich, The Nose: Soloists, Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Ingo Metzmacher. Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 20.10.2016. (JPr)

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Barrie Kosky’s The Nose (c) Bill Cooper

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ENO’s Theatrical Les pêcheurs de perles is Exposed to the Elements

21/10/2016

Bizet: The Pearl Fishers (Les pêcheurs de perles): (sung in English, with surtitles): Cast, Chorus & Orchestra of English National Opera / Roland Böer.(conductor), London Coliseum, 19.10.2016. (CC)

The Pearl Fishers Claudia Boyle (c) Robbie Jack

Claudia Boyle (Leïla) (c) Robbie Jack

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Covent Garden’s New Così fan tutte Fails to Offer Fresh Insights

18/10/2016

Mozart, Così fan tutte: Soloists, Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Semyon Bychkov (conductor). Directed for the cinema by Jonathan Haswell and broadcast live to Cineworld Basildon from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 17.10.2016. (JPr)

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Corinne Winters, Sabina Puértolas, Angela Brower in Così fan tutte
© Stephen Cummiskey

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The Fairy Queen: Musically a Triumph but the Production Tried Too Hard

12/10/2016

Purcell, The Fairy Queen (semi-staged performance): Soloists, Choir of the Academy of Ancient Music; Academy of Ancient Music / Richard Egarr (harpsichord/director). Barbican Hall, London, 10.10.2016. (CC)

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AAM’s The Fairy Queen (c) Ben Ealovega

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Saffron Opera Group’s Ring Continues to Impress

11/10/2016

Wagner, Die Walküre (concert performance): Soloists and Saffron Opera Group Orchestra / Michael Thorne (conductor). Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden, Essex, 9.10.2016. (JPr)

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Michael Bracegirdle (Siegmund) & Elisabeth Meister (Sieglinde) (c) SOG

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WNO’s Intoxicating Kiss Me, Kate Has Vivacious Energy and Effervescent Intelligence

05/10/2016

Cole Porter, Kiss Me, Kate (Company Production Premiere): Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / James Holmes (conductor), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 29.9.2016. (GPu)

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Kiss Me, Kate
Landi Oshinowo (Hattie), Jeni Bern (Lilli Vanessi & Katharine), Quirijn de Lang (Fred Graham/Petruchio)
(c) Richard Hubert Smith

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Emotionally Powerful Puccini Double Bill from Opera North

04/10/2016

Puccini: Il Tabarro and Suor Angelica, Orchestra and soloists of Opera North, Jac van Steen  (conductor),  Leeds Grand Theatre, Leeds, 1.10.2016. (JL)

Giselle Allen as Giorgetta. Photo credit: Tristram Kenton.

Il Tabarro – Giselle Allen as Giorgetta (c) Tristram Kenton.

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