Jonathan Miller’s The Mikado returns once more to ENO but is showing its age

04/11/2019

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Gilbert & Sullivan, The Mikado: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of English National Opera / Chris Hopkins (conductor). London Coliseum, 2.11.2019. (JPr)

Sir John Tomlinson (The Mikado) (c) Genevieve Girling

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Anna Netrebko is magnificent in a Teatro Real concert in Madrid

03/11/2019

SpainSpain Verdi, Catalani, Mascagni, Lehar, Puccini, Giordano: Anna Netrebko (soprano), Yusif Eyvazov (tenor), Christopher Maltman (baritone), Teatro Real Orchestra / Denis Vlasenko (conductor), Teatro Real, Madrid, 1.11.2019. (JMI)

Yusif Eyvazov (tenor) & Anna Netrebko (soprano)
© Javier del Real/Teatro Real

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Degenerate, but brilliant – Krenek’s Three Short Operas prove timeless in Frankfurt

03/11/2019

GermanyGermany Krenek, Three Short Operas: Soloists, Chor der Oper Frankfurt, Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester / Lothar Zagrosek (conductor), Opera Frankfurt, Frankfurt, 1.11.2019. (RP)

Davide Damiani (King) in The Secret Kingdom
© Barbara Aumüller

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Richard Alston’s Final Edition is surely not the last word …

03/11/2019

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Richard Alston Dance Company, Final Edition: Dancers (Joshua Harriette, Nicholas Shikkis, Nahum McLean, Jason Tucker, Ellen Yilma, Elly Braund, Jennifer Hayes, Monique Jonas, Alejandra Gissier, Niall Egan), Snape Maltings, Suffolk, 2.11.2019. (CS)

Joshua Harriette and Monique Jonas in Brahms Hungarian

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Heart-breaking duets from César Morales and Momoko Hirata are a highlight of BRB’s Giselle

03/11/2019

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Adolphe Adam, Giselle: Dancers of Birmingham Royal Ballet, Royal Ballet Sinfonia / Koen Kessels (conductor). Sadler’s Wells, London, 1.11.2019. (JO’D)

Momoko Hirata (Giselle) (c) Bill Cooper

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Northern Ballet’s Dracula gives Javier Torres a role to sink his teeth into

02/11/2019

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Northern Ballet’s Dracula: Directed for the screen by Ross MacGibbon and broadcast live from Leeds Playhouse’s Quarry Theatre to Cineworld Basildon, Essex, 31.10.2019. (JPr)

Javier Torres (Dracula) and Abigail Prudames (Mina) (c) Emma Kauldhar

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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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Iván Fischer’s overly respectful reading of Orfeo in Geneva

01/11/2019

SwitzerlandSwitzerland MonteverdiOrfeo: Soloists, Choir and Dancers of the Iván Fischer Opera Company (chorus master: Soma Dinyes), Budapest Festival Orchestra / Iván Fischer (conductor), Grand Théâtre de Genève, 28.10.2019. (ALL)

Emőke Baráth, Antonio Abete and Valerio Contaldo; (c) Judith Horváth

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