Soprano Wendy Ferguson and pianist Ruth McGinley breathe fresh life into some iconic songs in Belfast

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Gershwin, Porter and Sondheim, ‘Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered’: Wendy Ferguson (soprano), Ruth McGinley (piano), Connor Quinn (baritone), John Gillen (drumkit), Peter Doherty (bass), Cameron Menzies (director), Nuala Campbell (hair and make up designer). MAC Theatre, Belfast, 13.4.2024. (RB)

Soprano Wendy Ferguson and pianist Ruth McGinley

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Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble’s highly creative and inventive way to celebrate International Women’s Day

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Plugged in: International Women’s Day Concert: Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble / Sinead Hayes (conductor). Sonic Lab, Queen’s University Belfast, 8.3.2024. (RB)

Daniel Browell (piano), David McCann (cello), Daniel Browell (piano) and Joanne Quigley McParland (violin)

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The Met’s cast fires on all cylinders in Carrie Cracknell’s first-rate truck stop Carmen

United StatesUnited States Bizet, Carmen: Soloists Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York / Daniele Rustioni (conductor). Transmitted Live in HD (directed by Gary Halvorson) from New York to the Avenue Cinema, Belfast. 27.1.2024. (RB)

Aigul Akhmetshina as Carmen © Ken Howard/Met Opera

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Belfast Philharmonic Choir’s accomplished performance of Stanford’s rarely performed Requiem

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Stanford, Requiem, Op.63: Mary McCabe (soprano), Cicely Hé (mezzo-soprano), Aaron O’Hare (tenor), Brendan Collins (baritone), Belfast Philharmonic Choir, Ulster Orchestra / James Grossmith (conductor), Ulster Hall, Belfast, 5.11.2023. (RB)

James Grossmith conducts the Belfast Philharmonic Choir

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An outstanding performance of Marco Tutino’s La Ciociara at Wexford

IrelandIreland Wexford Festival Opera 2023 [3] – Marco Tutino, La Ciociara: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Wexford Opera Festival / Francesco Cilluffo (conductor), O’Reilly Theatre, National Opera House, Wexford 2.11.2023. (RB)

Wexford Festival Opera’s production of La Ciociara © Clive Barda/ArenaPAL

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Andreea Soare impresses as Wexford Festival Opera revives Erlanger’s L’Aube Rouge

IrelandIreland Wexford Festival Opera 2023 [2] – Camille Erlanger’s L’Aube rouge: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Wexford Festival Opera / Christophe Manien (conductor). O’Reilly Theatre, National Opera House, Wexford, Ireland, 1.11.2023. (RB)

Wexford Opera Festival 2023’s L’Aube rouge © Clive Barda/ArenaPAL

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A first-rate performance of an early Donizetti opera in Wexford

IrelandIreland Wexford Opera Festival 2023 [1] – Donizetti’s Zoraida di Granata: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Wexford Festival Opera / Diego Ceretta (conductor). O’Reilly Theatre, National Opera House, Wexford, Ireland, 31.10.2023. (RB)

Zoraida di Granata at Wexford Festival Opera © Clive Barda/ArenaPAL

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