An enjoyable performance of Hansel and Gretel in Dublin


IrelandIreland Humperdinck, Hansel and Gretel:  Soloists, Chorus and Ensemble of Irish National Opera / Richard Peirson (conductor), Abbey Theatre, Dublin, 15.2.2020. (RB)

Raymond Keane (Night Watchman), Raphaela Mangan (Hansel), Miriam Murphy (Mother),
Ben McAteer (Father) (c) Patrick Redmond

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Madrid’s Ring cycle continues with a satisfying Die Walküre


SpainSpain Wagner, Die Walküre: Teatro Real Orchestra / Pablo Heras-Casado (conductor), Teatro Real, Madrid, 12 & 14. 2. 2020. (JMI)

Die Walkűre (‘Magic Fire’ scene, first cast) © Javier del Real

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An imaginative production of Die Zauberflöte continues to enchant Madrid audiences


SpainSpain Mozart, Die Zauberflöte: Teatro Real Chorus and Orchestra / Kornilios Michailidis (conductor), Teatro Real, Madrid, 13.2.2020. (JMI)

Die Zauberflöte © Javier del Real

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The Madrid premiere of George Benjamin’s first opera, Into the Little Hill


SpainSpain Benjamin, Into the Little Hill: Members of the Teatro Real Orchestra / Tim Murray (conductor), Teatros del Canal, Madrid, 11.2.2020. (JMI)

Into the Little Hill (c) J. del Real/G. Florence

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Valiant attempt but WNO’s new Les vȇpres siciliennes can’t quite persuade one of its merits


United KingdomUnited Kingdom Verdi, Les vȇpres siciliennes: Soloists, Orchestra and Chorus of Welsh National Opera / Carlo Rizzi (conductor). Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 8.2.2020. (GPu)

Wotjek Gierlach (Jean Procida), Anush Hovhannisyan (Helene) & Jung Soo Yun (Henri)
(c) Johan Persson

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Strength of ensemble in the casting is a defining factor of this ENO Carmen revival


United KingdomUnited Kingdom Bizet, Carmen: Soloists, Pupils from Ark Academy, Chorus and Orchestra of English National Opera / Valentina Peleggi (conductor). London Coliseum, 7.3.2020. (CC)

Justina Gringyté (Carmen) & Sean Panikkar (José) © Richard Hubert Smith

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Gerald Barry’s kaleidoscopic Alice’s Adventures pushes musical boundaries at Covent Garden


United KingdomUnited Kingdom Gerald Barry, Alice’s Adventures Under Ground: Soloists, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Thomas Adès (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 4.2.2020. (JPr)

Alice’s Adventures Under Ground with Jennifer France (Alice)
(c) Clive Barda

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Stemme and Lundgren star in a superb new Munich production of Bluebeard’s Castle


GermanyGermany Bartók, Judith: Concerto for Orchestra / Bluebeard’s Castle: Bayerisches Staatsorchester / Oksana Lyniv (conductor), National Theater, Munich, 4.2.2020. (JMI)

John Lundgren and Nina Stemme in Bluebeard’s Castle (c) W. Hösl

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