Balance issues and uneven singing compromise a handsome Vivaldi production in Wexford

01/11/2019

IrelandIreland Wexford Festival Opera 2019 [2] – Vivaldi, Dorilla in Tempe: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Wexford Festival Opera / Andrea Marchiol (conductor), O’Reilly Theatre, National Opera House, Wexford, 26.10.2019. (RB)

Rosa Bove (Filindo), with dancers (c) Clive Barda

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An outstanding production of Massenet’s Don Quichotte by Wexford Festival Opera

30/10/2019

IrelandIreland Wexford Festival Opera 2019 [1] – Massenet, Don Quichotte:  Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Wexford Festival Opera / Timothy Myers (conductor), Wexford Opera House, Wexford Opera Festival, Wexford, 25.10.2019. (RB)

Aigul Akhmetshina and Goderdz Janelidze (c) Clive Barda

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Two impressive Messiaen concerts at the Oxford Lieder Festival

28/10/2019

Oxford Lieder Festival 2019 [4] – Messiaen: (CR) Read more

A persuasive recital by Dorothea Röschmann at the Oxford Lieder Festival

27/10/2019

Oxford Lieder Festival 2019 [3] – Mendelssohn, Wolf, Mahler, Schumann & Wagner: Dorothea Röschmann (soprano), Malcolm Martineau (piano). St John the Evangelist Church, Oxford 25.10.2019. (CR)

Dorothea Röschmann © Harald Hoffmann

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Three violas, front-and-center with Miami’s New World Symphony

25/10/2019

United StatesUnited States Higdon, Feldman, Berlioz arr. Steven Mackey: Roberto Diaz, Tabea Zimmermann, and Cynthia Phelps (violas), New World Symphony / Michael Tilson Thomas and Christopher Rountree (conductors). New World Center, Miami. 19.10.2019. (LV)

Steven Mackey, Tabea Zimmermann, Michael Tilson Thomas,
and the New World Symphony

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Roderick Williams charts an emotional trajectory in Schubert’s Winter Journey

22/10/2019

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Oxford Lieder Festival 2019 [2] – Ross Griffey & Schubert, Tales of the Beyond: Nicholas Mogg and Roderick Williams (baritones), Christopher Glynn (piano). St John the Evangelist Church, Oxford, 21.10.2019. (CR)

Roderick Williams

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Thomas Oliemans’s brilliance lifts The Day of the Dead at the Oxford Lieder Festival

18/10/2019

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Oxford Lieder Festival 2019 [1] – Tippett, Finzi, Schubert, Brahms, Mussorgsky, Fauré: Soloists invited by Sholto Kynoch (artistic director). Holywell Cemetery & Holywell Music Room, Oxford, 15.10 2019. (CP)

Thomas Oliemans

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James Darrah’s Semele in Philadelphia: a revelatory blend of depth and brilliance

10/10/2019

United StatesUnited States Festival O19 [4] – Handel, Semele: Soloists, Chorus, and Orchestra of Opera Philadelphia / Gary Thor Wedow (conductor), Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia. 28.9.2019. (BJ)

Opera Philadelphia’s Semele (c) Dominic M. Mercier

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