Making the Case for Bernstein’s A Quiet Place

18/03/2018

Bernstein, A Quiet Place: Soloists, Curtis Symphony Orchestra / Corrado Rovaris (conductor), Curtis Opera Theatre at the Perelman, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, 9.3.2018. (RP)

Dennis Chmelensky in Curtis Opera Theatre’s A Quiet Place © Paula Court

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Daniel Kramer’s La traviata for English National Opera Disappoints

17/03/2018

Verdi, La traviata: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of English National Opera / Leo McFall (conductor), 16.3.2018. (JPr)

Lukhanyo Moyake (Alfredo), Claudia Boyle (Violetta) & Aled Hall (Gaston) (c) Catherine Ashmore

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Opera North’s First Production of a Verdi Masterpiece Disappoints

15/03/2018

Verdi, Un ballo in maschera: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North / Richard Farnes (conductor), The Lowry, Salford Quays, 10.3.2018. (RJF)

Patricia Bardon (;Ulrica Arvidson) and Richard Mosley-Evans (Christian) (c) Clive Barda

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Janáček’s Last Opera Memorably Staged at the Royal Opera House

12/03/2018

  Janáček, From the House of the Dead: Soloists, Royal Opera Chorus (chorus director: William Spaulding), Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Mark Wigglesworth (conductor). Royal Opera House, London, 10.3.2018. (MB)

From the House of the Dead (c) Clive Barda

From the House of the Dead (c) Clive Barda

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Much to Admire in the Guildhall’s Dialogues des Carmélites

11/03/2018

Poulenc, Dialogues des Carmélites: Soloists, Orchestra and Chorus of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama / Dominic Wheeler (conductor). Silk Street Theatre, London, 5.3.2018. (MB) Read more

Anna Goryachova Beguilingly Stares Down the Camera for Royal Opera’s Carmen in Cinemas

09/03/2018

Bizet, Carmen: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Jakub Hrůša (conductor). Directed for the screen by Pati Marr and broadcast to Cineworld Basildon from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. 6.3.2018. (JPr)

Anna Goryachova (Carmen) (c) Bill Cooper

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Period Productions with Superb Singing and Acting Like This Butterfly are Rare

08/03/2018

Puccini, Madama Butterfly: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North / Martin Pickard (conductor). The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays. 6.3.2018. (RJF)

Anne Sophie Duprels (Butterfly & Merūnas Vitulskis (Pinkerton) (c) Richard H Smith

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Having Your Midsummer Night’s Dream and Eating It

07/03/2018

Britten, A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Soloists, Trinity Boys Choir, Royal College of Music Opera Orchestra / Michael Rosewell (conductor).  Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music London.  5.3.2018.  (JB) Read more

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