Dancers from Kazakhstan impress at the London Coliseum in Chopiniana and Scheherazade

19/11/2019

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Abay Kazakh State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre – Chopiniana and Scheherazade: London Coliseum, 17.11.2019. (JO’D)

Abay Kazakh State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre’s Scheherazade

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A visual bag of tricks: Barrie Kosky’s The Magic Flute returns to LA Opera

18/11/2019

United StatesUnited States Mozart, The Magic Flute: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of LA Opera / James Conlon (conductor), Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, 16.11.2019. (JRo)

Theo Hoffman (Papageno) and Zuzana Markova (Pamina) (c) Cory Weaver

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Berlin sees and hears the world premiere of Chaya Czernowin’s fascinating new opera

17/11/2019

GermanyGermany Chaya Czernowin, Heart Chamber (world premiere): Soloists, Ensemble Nikel (Brian Archinal [percussion], Yaron Deutsch [electric guitar], Antoine Françoise [piano], Patrick Stadler [saxophone]), SWR Experimentalstudio (live electronics), Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper, Berlin / Johannes Kalitzke (conductor). Deutsche Oper, Berlin, 15.11.2019. (MB)

Deutsche Oper Berlin’s Heart Chamber (c) Michael Trippel

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Rare, abbreviated, yet superbly staged performance of Handel’s Giulio Cesare from Opera North

17/11/2019

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Handel, Giulio Cesare in Egitto: Orchestra members of Opera North / Christian Curnyn (conductor). The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays. 12.11.2019. (RJF)

Heather Lowe (Sesto), James Laing (Tolomeo) and Darren Jeffery (Achilla)
(c) Alastair Muir

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Tom Dale Company’s dancers become their own sound source for Step Sonic’s music

16/11/2019

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Tom Dale Company’s Step Sonic: The Place, London, 14.11.2019. (JO’D)

Step Sonic (c) Chris Nash

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ENO’s production and performance of Glass’s Orphée has a vitality that almost throbs

16/11/2019

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Glass, Orphée (sung in an English translation by Netia Jones and Emma Jenkins): Soloists, Orchestra of English National Opera / Geoffrey Paterson (conductor). London Coliseum, 15.11.2019. (CC)

Jennifer France (The Princess) & Nicholas Lester (Orphée) (c) Catherine Ashmore

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Fazioli, Mark Springer: Army of Lovers at The Playground Theatre

15/11/2019

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Army of Lovers (libretto by David Flusfeder and music by Mark Springer): Mark Springer and Ben Schoeman (pianists), Ben Groenevelt (double bass). The Playground Theatre, Kensington, London, 13.11. 2019. (JB)

Mark Springer

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Renato Balsadonna conducts Opera North’s La bohème empathetically, but time this production was retired

14/11/2019

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Puccini, La bohème: Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North / Renato Balsadonna (conductor). The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays. 12.11.2019. (RJF)

Eleazar Rodriguez (Rodolfo) & Lauren Fagan (Mimì) (c) Richard Hubert Smith

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