Prom 73: Berlioz’ version of Der Freischütz doesn’t quite hit the bullseye


  Prom 73: Weber, Der Freischütz: Soloists, Monteverdi Choir, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique/Sir John Eliot Gardiner (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 9.9.11. (JPr) Read more

Good performances in enigmatic and thought-provoking production of Dido and Aeneas


  Purcell: Dido and Aeneas. Joint opera production between Operamus and Birmingham Conservatoire with Annette Thompson (Director) and Daniele Rosina (Conductor), Recital Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire, 4. 9. 2011 (GR).

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Edinburgh International Festival 2011 (13) – Fantastic musical values but poor staging in Rossini’s Semiramide


 Rossini, Semiramide:  Vlaamse Opera, Alberto Zedda (conductor). Edinburgh Festival Theatre, 27.8.2011 (SRT)

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Edinburgh International Festival 2011 (11) – Haydn opera fails to grip despite committed performances


 Haydn,  Orlando Paladino: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, René Jacobs (conductor). Usher Hall, 25.8.2011 (SRT)

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Buxton Gilbert and Sullivan Festival 2011 (5) – A brilliant production of Utopia Ltd


Sullivan,  Utopia Ltd: Soloists and chorus of the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company, Opera House, Buxton. 19.8.2011 (RJW) Read more

Edinburgh International Festival 2011 (4) – Luxurious beauty and languid atmosphere in Massanet’s Thaïs


Massenet,Thaïs:  Soloists, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Edinburgh Festival Chorus, Sir Andrew Davis (conductor). Usher Hall, 18.8.2011 (SRT)

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Buxton Gilbert and Sullivan Festival 2011 (4) – Handbells and Hippies turn The Sorcerer on its head


Sullivan, The Sorcerer: Opera della Luna Opera Company, Opera House, Buxton. 16.8.2011 (RJW) Read more

Buxton Gilbert and Sullivan Festival 2011 (3) – Arcadian setting for Cambridge University’s Iolanthe


Sullivan,  Iolanthe: Soloists and Chorus of Cambridge University Gilbert & Sullivan Society, Buxton Opera, 9.8.2011 (RJW) Read more

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