WNO’s Limited The Magic Flute Production Gets Redeemed by Some Excellent Singing

18/02/2019

Mozart, The Magic Flute: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Damian Iorio (conductor), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 15.2.2019. (GPu)

Tamino (Ben Johnson) (c) Bill Cooper

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Carlos Acosta’s Don Quixote Returns to the Royal Ballet and is Vibrant and Enthusiastically Danced

18/02/2019

Minkus (arr. Martin Yates), Don Quixote: Dancers of the Royal Ballet, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Orchestra / Martin Yates (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 16.2.2019. (JPr)

Akane Takada as Kitri in 2014 (c) Bill Cooper

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A Bold Statement of Intent from Elmhurst Ballet Company at Sadler’s Wells

18/02/2019

Origins: Elmhurst Ballet Company, Sadler’s Wells, London, 15.2.2019. (J.OD)

Elmhurst Ballet Company’s Paquita (c) Andy Ross

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Opera Philadelphia and Britten’s Dream: Magical Enough, If Not Inspired

17/02/2019

Britten, A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Soloists, Orchestra and Chorus of Opera Philadelphia / Corrado Rovaris (conductor), Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 10.2.2019. (BJ)

Siena Licht Miller (Hermia) & Brenton Ryan (Lysander) (c) Kelly & Massa for OP

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A Unified Verismo Cav and Pag Double Bill in Gothenburg

17/02/2019

Mascagni, Cavalleria rusticana and Leoncavallo, Pagliacci: Soloists and Chorus of Gothenburg Opera, extra chorus, Gothenburg Opera Orchestra / Pier Giorgio Morandi (conductor), Gothenburg Opera, 9.2.2019. (NS)

Cavalleria rusticana – Annalena Persson (Santuzza) far right (c) Lennart Sjöberg

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Mayer’s Las Vegas Rigoletto Sizzles at the Met on an Icy New York Night

14/02/2019

Verdi, Rigoletto: Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra / Nicola Luisotti (conductor), Metropolitan Opera, New York, 12.2.2019. (RP)

Nadine Sierra (Gilda) & Roberto Frontali (Rigoletto) © Marty Sohl/Met Opera

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Much to Admire, Musically and Visually, in David Pountney’s WNO Un ballo in maschera Premiere

14/02/2019

 Verdi, Un ballo in maschera: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Carlo Rizzi (conductor), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 9.2.2019. (GPu)

(l to r) Gwyn Hughes Jones (Riccardo), Roland Wood (Renato),
& Mary Elizabeth Williams (Amelia) (c) Bill Cooper

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Authentic and Gripping Dialogue des Carmélites in Stockholm

13/02/2019

Poulenc, Dialogues des Carmélites: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Stockholm Opera / Marc Soustrot (conductor), Royal Stockholm Opera, 9.2.2019. (GF)

Susanne Resmark, Anne Sofie von Otter & Sofie Asplund
© Micke Sandström/Royal Swedish Opera

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