Suzuki Broadens his Horizons from Bach to Handel and Vivaldi to Great Effect


   Bach, Vivaldi, Handel: Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki (conductor, organ,  harpsichord), Joanne Lunn (soprano), Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York (6.11.2015) (SSM)

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Haas’s Morgen und Abend is a New Existential Opera Exploring Life and Death


Georg Friedrich Haas, Morgen und Abend (world première):  Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Michael Boder (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London 13.11.2015. (JPr)

Haas’s Morgen und Abend Klaus Maria Brandauer as Olai & Sarah Wegener as the Midwife © ROH & Clive Barda

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Carlos Acosta’s Farewell in Carmen Lacks his Usual Charisma


Carlos Acosta’s Carmen (part of a mixed bill including Viscera, Afternoon of a Faun and Tchaikovsky Pas de deux): Soloists, Corps de ballet and Royal Opera House Orchestra / Emmanuel Plasson and Martin Yates (conductors). Directed for the screen by Ross MacGibbon and broadcast to the Empire Cinema, Basildon, Essex. 12.11.2015. (JPr)

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Carmen with Marialena Nuñez (Carmen) and Carlos Acosta (Don José) (c) Dave Morgan

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A Marriage of Figaro in Berlin that Succeeds on all Fronts for Flimm and Dudamel


Mozart, Le Nozze di Figaro: Staatsoper Berlin Orchestra and Chorus, Gustavo Dudamel (conductor), Schiller Theater, Berlin, 13.11.2015 (JMI)


Le Nozze di Figaro (c) Staatsoper Berlin

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A Gruesome Opera by Janáček Superbly Staged and Performed by Opera North in Salford


 Janáček, Jenůfa (1916 edition): Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North, Alexandar Marković (conductor), The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays. 11.11.2015. (RJF)


Opera North’s Jenůfa (c) Richard Hubert Smith

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Sir David McVicar’s Monumental New Wozzeck


Berg, Wozzeck: Soloists, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Sir Andrew Davis (conductor), Civic Opera House, Chicago. 1.11.2015. (JLZ)

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Gerhard Siegel and Tomasz Konieczny in Wozzeck at Chicago Lyric Opera (Photo: Cory Weaver)

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Anne Schwanewilms’ Glorious Singing Outshines Poorly Focused Conducting


Beethoven, R. Strauss: Anne Schwanewilms (soprano); London Symphony Orchestra/Nikolaj Znaider (conductor). Barbican Hall, London, 12.11.2015. (CC) Read more

Schwab’s Don Giovanni Reappears on the Berlin Stage, Marred by Some Fundamental Problems


Mozart: Don Giovanni: Deutsche Oper Berlin Orchestra and Chorus, Daniel Cohen (conductor), Deutsche Oper Berlin, 12.11.2015. (JMI)


Don Giovanni (c) Bettina Stöss

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