Simon Boccanegra was a resounding success and testament to Elder’s 24-year rejuvenation of the Hallé

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Verdi, Simon Boccanegra (concert staging, 1857 version): Soloists, Chorus of Opera North, RNCM Opera Chorus, Hallé / Sir Mark Elder (conductor). The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 18.4.2024. (MC)

Sir Mark Elder conducting the Hallé © David Hughes

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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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A delightful Messiah from students of the Royal Academy of Music and the Sudbury Choral Society

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Handel, Messiah (HWV 56): Clara Orif (soprano), Oryna Veselovska (mezzo-soprano), James Edgeler (tenor), Thomas Butler (bass), musicians, Sudbury Choral Society / John Chillingworth (conductor). Sudbury Arts Centre, Sudbury, 14.4.2024. (MG)

[l-r] Clara Orif (soprano), Oryna Veselovska (mezzo-soprano), James Edgeler (tenor) and Thomas Butler (bass)

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Trenchant Elgar versus flashy Walton in Cleveland

United StatesUnited States López Ballido, Elgar, Walton: Sol Gabetta (cello), Thomas Hampson (baritone), Cleveland Orchestra Chorus (chorus director: Lisa Wong), Cleveland Orchestra / Klaus Mäkelä (conductor). Mandel Concert Hall at Severance Music Center, Cleveland, 13.4.2024. (MSJ)

Sol Gabetta in Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra © Roger Mastroianni

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