The Village of Ploverleigh Rings Out Some Striking Changes

23/08/2016

2016 Gilbert & Sullivan Festival [1] – The Sorcerer: The National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company, Festival Orchestra conducted by David Steadman, Royal Hall, Harrogate, 12.8.2016. (RJW)

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Remarkable Production of Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades

04/08/2016

Tchaikovsky, The Queen of Spades (sung in Russian): Soloists,  Holland Park Opera Chorus; City of London Sinfonia/Peter Robinson. Opera Holland Park, Kensington, London, 2.8.2016. (CC)

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Rosalind Plowright as the Countess in The Queen of Spades (c) OHP

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Kommilitonen! A stirring triumph for WNO Youth Opera

01/08/2016

Maxwell Davies, Kommilitonen! (Young Blood!): (Production Premiere) Soloists, Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, Orchestra of WNO Youth Opera / Alice Farnham (conductor), Memo Arts Centre, Barry, South Wales. 27.7.2016. (GPu)

Photo credit: Kirsten Mcternan.

Kommilitonen! (c) Kirsten Mcternan.

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A brooding Alcina at Longborough

01/08/2016

Handel, Alcina: Longborough Festival Opera / Jeremy Silver (conductor) Longborough, 30.7.2016. (RJ)

Julia Sitkovetsky in Longborough Festival Opera, 'Alcina'. Credit: Patrick Baldwin.

Julia Sitkovetsky in LFO’s Alcina (c) Patrick Baldwin

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Glyndebourne’s Magnificent, Entertaining Rossini at the Proms

27/07/2016

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Prom 14 – Rossini, Il barbiere di Siviglia (semi-staged performance): Soloists; Glyndebourne Chorus; London Philharmonic Orchestra / Enrique Mazzola with Alessandro Amoretti (fortepiano continuo) and Pei-Jee Ng (cello continuo). Royal Albert Hall, London 25.7.2016. (CC)

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(L-R) Danielle de Niese as Rosina, Christophoros Stamboglis as Don Basilio, Alessandro Corbelli as Dr Bartolo, Björn Bürger as Figaro, Taylor Stayton as Count Almaviva conducted by Enrique Mazzola
in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville (c) Chris Christodoulou

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Bampton Classical Opera’s Double Bill is Absolutely Divine

23/07/2016

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Gluck, Philemon and Baucis (1769) & Arne, The Judgement of Paris (1742): Bampton Classical Opere/Paul Wingfield (conductor), The Deanery Garden, Bampton, Oxfordshire, 22.7.2016.  (RJ)

The Judgement of Paris: Pallas, Venus, Juno.  Photo credit: Jeremy Gray.

The Judgement of Paris: Pallas, Venus, Juno. Photo credit: Jeremy Gray.

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A Splendid Boris Godunov at the Proms

18/07/2016

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Prom 2 – Mussorgsky Boris Godunov (original version, 1869). Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 16.7.2016 (CC)

Bryn Terfel as Boris; photo credit - Chris Christodoulou.

Bryn Terfel as Boris; photo credit – Chris Christodoulou.

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Much to Admire in Grange Park Opera’s Tristan und Isolde

14/07/2016

Wagner, Tristan und Isolde: Soloists and Chorus of Grange Park Opera, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Chorus / Martyn Brabbins (conductor), The Grange, Alresford, Hampshire, 13.7.2016. (JPr)

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Bryan Register (Tristan) & Rachel Nicholls (Isolde) in rehearsal
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