Scottish Opera are on their Finest Form for David McVicar’s Pelléas et Melisande

12/03/2017

Debussy, Pelléas et Melisande: Soloists and Chorus of Scottish Opera / Stuart Stratford (conductor), Edinburgh Festival Theatre, 11.3.2017. (SRT)

Carolyn Sampson as Mélisande in Pelléas and Mélisande. Scottish Opera 2017. Credit Richard Campbell. (3)

Carolyn Sampson (Mélisande) in SO’s Pelléas and Mélisande (c) Richard Campbell

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Pappano, Chorus and Orchestra Excel in Holten’s Farewell Die Meistersinger at Covent Garden

12/03/2017

Wagner, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 11.3.2017. (JPr)

170306_1664_meistersinger BRYN TERFEL AS HANS SACHS (C) ROH. PHOTO BY CLIVE BARDA

Bryn Terfel (centre) as Hans Sachs at the conclusion of Act II (c) Clive Barda

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ETO Begin their Spring Tour and Bring Tosca to the Hackney Empire

10/03/2017

Puccini, Tosca: Soloists and Ensemble of English Touring Opera / Michael Rosewell (conductor). Hackney Empire, London. 9.3.2017. (JPr)

ETO Tosca - LR Tosca, Laura Mitchell; Scarpia, Craig Smith CREDIT Richard Hubert Smith (7)

ETO’s Tosca – Laura Mitchell (Tosca) & Craig Smith (Scarpia)
(c) Richard Hubert Smith

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OperaHerts’ Tosca Brings ‘Opera on the Grandest Scale’ to Clarendon Muse

05/03/2017

Puccini, Tosca: Soloists, OperaHerts Chorus, Choirs of Watford Grammar School for Boys and James Rich (percussion) were directed from the piano by Phillip Thomas. Clarendon Muse, Watford, Hertfordshire. 4.3.2017. (JPr)  Read more

A Very Different ‘Tristan’ Provides Real, if Un-Wagnerian Pleasures: WNO’s Le Vin herbé

03/03/2017

Frank Martin, Le Vin herbé: (Company Production Premiere) Soloists, Chorus and Musicians of Welsh National Opera / James Southall (conductor), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 16.2.2017. (GPu)

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Caitlin Hulcup (Iseult the Fair) & Tom Randle (Tristan) (c) Robert Workman

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English National Opera Gives The Winter’s Tale a Baptism of Which All Should be Proud

01/03/2017

 Wigglesworth – The Winter’s Tale (world premiere): Soloists, Chorus (chorus master: James Henshaw) and Orchestra of the English National Opera / Ryan Wigglesworth (conductor). London Coliseum, London, 27.2.2017. (MB) Read more

Opera North Unleashes a ‘Floodtide of Fantasy’ in New Production of Cinderella

21/02/2017

 Rossini, Cinderella: Soloists and Chorus of Opera North / Wynn Davies (conductor), Grand Theatre, Leeds. 16.2.2017. (JL)

Amy J Payne as Tisbe, Henry Waddington as Don Magnifico, and Sky Ingram as Clorinda. Photo credit: Alistair Muir.

Amy J Payne as Tisbe, Henry Waddington as Don Magnifico, & Sky Ingram as Clorinda
(c) Alistair Muir

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A Witty and Intelligent Production finds Contemporary Relevance in Semele

15/02/2017

Handel, Semele: Mid Wales Opera, Soloists and Chorus, Academy of Ancient Music / Nicholas Cleobury, Richard Burton Theatre, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, 8.2. 2017. (GPu)

Ellen Williams (Semele); photograph by Mathew Williams Ellis

Ellen Williams as Semele) (c) Mathew Williams Ellis

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