Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream – A Concert Hall Celebration


Aldeburgh Festival 2017 [1} – Britten, A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Soloists, Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra / Ryan Wigglesworth (conductor), The Concert Hall, Snape Maltings, Suffolk 12.6.2017. (MH)


Aldeburgh Festtival 2017 – A Midsummer Night’s Dream (c) Hugo Glendinning

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Anthony Negus and Carmen Jakobi’s Tristan und Isolde at Longborough Excels Musically and Scenically


Wagner, Tristan und Isolde: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Longborough Festival Opera / Anthony Negus (conductor), Longborough, 12.6.2017. (JPr)

Lee Bisset (Isolde), Peter Wedd (Tristan) - LFO Tristan und Isolde 2017 cr Matthew Williams-Ellis (27)

Lee Bisset (Isolde) & Peter Wedd (Tristan) in LFO’s Tristan und Isolde (c) Matthew Williams-Ellis

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Lovely European Premiere of Schnyder’s Yardbird at the English National Opera


Schnyder, Yardbird: Soloists, Members of the Orchestra of English National Opera / Clark Rundell. Hackney Empire, London, 9.6.2017. (CC)

ENO Yardbird Lawrence Brownlee (c) Richard Hubert Smith 6-X3

ENO’s Yardbird with Lawrence Brownlee (Charlie Parker) (c) Richard Hubert Smith

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ETO’s Tosca Draws you into a Stifling Environment of Unease and Fear


Puccini, Tosca: Soloists, Ensemble and Orchestra of English Touring Opera / Michael Rosewell (conductor). Grand Theatre, Blackpool, Lancashire. 10.6.2017. (MC)

ETO 'Tosca' Scarpia-Craig Smith, Tosca- Paula Sides © Richard Hubert Smith

ETO’s Tosca – Craig Smith (Scarpia) & Paula Sides (Tosca) © Richard Hubert Smith

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An Outstanding, Powerful Jenůfa at Grange Park Opera


Janáček, Jenůfa: Soloists and Chorus of Grange Park Opera, BBC Concert Orchestra / William Lacey (conductor), Grange Park Opera, West Horsley Place, Epsom Road, West Horsley, 11.6.2017. (VV)

Jenufa – Leos Janacek - Grange Park Opera at West Horsley Place - 11th June 2017, Conductor – William Lacey, Director – Katie Mitchell, Revival Director – Robin Tebbutt, Designer – Vicki Mortimer, Lighting Design – Paul Keogan, Jenufa: Natalya Romaniw, Kostelnicka: Susan Bullock,

Susan Bullock (Kostelnička) & Natalya Romaniw (Jenůfa) (c) Robert Workman

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Fine Frocks and Farce in WNO’s Entertaining and Musically-Successful Fledermaus


Strauss, Die Fledermaus: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Tomáš Hanus (conductor), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 20.5.2017. (GPu)


Mark Stone (Eisenstein) and Mary-Elizabeth Williams (Rosalinde)
(c) Bill Cooper

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Opera Holland Park’s Highly Imaginative Production of Don Giovanni


Mozart – Don Giovanni:  Soloists, Chorus of Opera Holland Park, City of London Sinfonia / Dane Lam (Conductor), Opera Holland Park, London, 3.6.2017. (RB)


Ashley Riches (Don Giovanni) with members of the cast © Robert Workman

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Handel’s Semele at Garsington: Unusual Production, Glorious Performance



Handel, Semele: Soloists, Garsington Opera Orchestra & Chorus / Jonathan Cohen (conductor), Garsington Opera at Wormsley, Buckinghamshire, 3.6.2017. (CR)


Heidi Stober (Semele) and Christine Rice ( Juno) in Semele © Johan Persson

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