Much to Enjoy in John Lubbock’s Messiah Despite a Reticent Orchestra

11/12/2015

Handel, Messiah: Nardus Williams (soprano),Eleanor Edmonds (mezzo-soprano), Chris Turner (tenor), Morgan Pearse (bass), OSJ Voices, Orchestra of St John’s/John Lubbock (conductor). St John’s, Smith Square, London, 10.12.2015 (MB) Read more

Another Captivating Street Scene from a Different RNCM Cast

08/12/2015

 Weill, Street Scene: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of RNCM Opera / Clarke Rundell (conductor), Harish Shankar (assistant conductor), RNCM Theatre, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, 4.12.2015. (MC)

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RNCM’s Street Scene

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A Pared Down Guys & Dolls Brings Runyon’s 1930’s New York to Life

06/12/2015

Loesser, Guys & Dolls: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival Company, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Beverly Hills, 4.12.2015-20.12.2015. (JRo)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - Nov 29: The Wallis presents "Guys and Dolls" at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on November 29th, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

Guys and Dolls at The Wallis Annenberg Center
Jonathan Luke Stevens (center) and cast (c) Kevin Parry

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RNCM’s Vibrant Performance and Slick Production of Weill’s Street Scene

05/12/2015

Kurt Weill, Street SceneRoyal Northern College of Music Theatre, Manchester  2.12.2015. (RJW)

Weill Street Scene, Paul Cliff

Kurt Weill’s Street Scene (c) Paul Cliff

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Opera North Do Cole Porter Proud with a Spectacular Kiss Me, Kate

19/11/2015

Cole Porter, Kiss Me, Kate: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North /  David Charles Abel (conductor), The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays, 13.11.2015. (RJF)

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Opera North’s Kiss Me, Kate (c) Opera North

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WNO’s Gruesome Sweeney Todd Brings Madness to the Musical Theatre

03/11/2015

Stephen Sondheim,  Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – A Musical ThrillerSoloists and Orchestras of Welsh National Opera/James Southall (conductor), Venue Cymru (North Wales Theatre), Llandudno, 29.10.2015. (RJF)

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WNO’s Sweeney Todd (c) Welsh National Opera

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Michael Feinstein Salutes Sinatra at 100

27/10/2015

Michael Feinstein: Sinatra Centennial Celebration: Tedd Firth (piano), Sean Smith (bass), Mark McLean (drums), Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, 24.10.2015 (RP) Read more

Refreshing New Approach to the Orpheus Myth from Versatile Little Bulb Theatre

17/09/2015

Deloitte Ignite Festival 2015 – Django Reinhart: Orpheus: Little Bulb Theatre / Dominic Conway (music director), Linbury Studio Theatre, ROH, London, 16.9.2015. (JPr)

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Dominic Conway as Django/Orpheus with the woodland creatures (c) RULER

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