Adès Conducts Adès at the Royal Opera: A Breathtaking Premiere of The Exterminating Angel


Adès, The Exterminating Angel: (UK premiere) Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Thomas Adès. 24.4.2017. (CC)

Audrey Luna (centre); (c) ROH, Clive Barda.

Audrey Luna (Leticia Maynar) (centre) (c) ROH/Clive Barda.

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A Traditional Butterfly from WNO Satisfies All Round


Puccini: Madam Butterfly: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Andrew Greenwood, Venue Cymru (North Wales Theatre), Llandudno, 6.4.2017. (RJF)


WNO’s Madam Butterfly (c) Jeremy Abrahams.

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Convincing Acting and Singing Overcomes an Overloud Orchestra in WNO’s La bohème


Puccini: La bohème: Soloists, chorus and orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Manlio Benzi (conductor). Venue Cymru (North Wales Theatre), Llandudno. 5.4.2017. (RJF)


Café Momus – WNO’s La bohème (c) Robert Workman

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WNO Present an Extremely Esoteric Work on their 2017 Tour


Frank Martin, Le Vin Herbe: Soloists, chorus and orchestra of Welsh National Opera / James Southall (conductor). Venue Cymru (North Wales Theatre), Llandudno. 4.4.2017. (RJF)


WNO’s Le Vin Herbe (c) Robert Workman

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Midsummer Opera’s Valiant Efforts to Make Something of La Gioconda


Ponchielli – La Gioconda (semi-staged performance): Soloists, chorus and orchestra of Midsummer Opera / David Roblou (conductor). St John’s Church, Waterloo, London, 9.4.2017. (JPr)


Zoë South as Gioconda (c) Michael John White

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RNCM’s Second Cast Makes RNCM’s Theodora an Entertaining and Enjoyable Evening


Handel, Theodora: Soloists, RNCM Opera Orchestra and Chorus / Roger Hamilton (conductor), RNCM Theatre, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, 30.3.2017. (MC)

Samantha Clarke in the title role of Handel's Theodora (Cast B) © RNCM 2017

Samantha Clarke in the title role of Handel’s Theodora © RNCM

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The Royal Opera’s Sublime Madama Butterfly Finds Pappano at his Very Best


Puccini, Madama ButterflySoloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor). Directed for the screen by Matthew Woodward and broadcast live to Cineworld Basildon, Essex, 30.3.2017. (JPr)

Bill Cooper Butterfly

Marcelo Puente (Pinkerton) & Ermonela Jaho (Butterfly) (c) Bill Cooper

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Excellent Singing and Acting Enables RNCM’s Students to Create Meaningful Drama in Theodora


Handel, Theodora: Soloists and Chorus of RNCM Opera Orchestra / Roger Hamilton (conductor), Opera Theatre , Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, 24.3.2017. (RJF)


Romans roistering in RNCM’s Theodora (c) RNCM

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