John Copley’s production of Die Fledermaus retains its champagne sparkle


Johann Strauss II, Die Fledermaus: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / James Southall (conductor), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 14.10.2017. (GPu)

Die Fledermaus, Welsh National Opera; photo credit - Bill Cooper.

WNO’s Die Fledermaus (c) Bill Cooper

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WNO’s From the House of the Dead – an Outstanding Achievement, Mandatory Viewing


Janáček, From the House of the Dead: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Tomáš Hanus (conductor), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 12.10.2017. (GPu)


WNO’s From the House of the Dead (c) Clive Barda

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The Royal Opera Render a Thought-Provoking and Musical Les Vêpres siciliennes


Verdi, Les Vêpres siciliennes (1855 Paris version): Cast, Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Maurizio Benini. Royal Opera House, London, 12.10.2017. (CC)


Erwin Schrott as Jean Procida with dancers (c) ROH/Bill Cooper

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ENO’s The Barber of Seville is an Altogether Satisfying Evening


Rossini, The Barber of Seville: Cast, Chorus & Orchestra of English National Opera / Hilary Griffiths. London Coliseum, St Martin’s Lane, London, 10.10.2017. (CC)


Morgan Pearse (Figaro) & Sarah Tynan (Rosina) in ENO’s The Barber of Seville (c) Robbie Jack

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Though There Is Some Fine Singing, WNO’s Eugene Onegin Doesn’t Grip Emotionally


Tchaikovsky, Eugene Onegin: Soloists, and Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Ainár Rubiķis (conductor), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff. 27.9.2017. (GPu)


Natalya Romaniw (Tatyana) (c) Betina Skovbro

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An Innovative, Impactful Double Bill from Opera North


Mascagni, Cavalleria rusticana: Sullivan, Trial by Jury: Soloists, Chorus, and Orchestra of Opera North / Tobias Ringorg & Oliver Rundell (conductors), Leeds Grand Theatre, Leeds, 27.9.2017. (JL)

Cavalleria Rusticana. Photo credit: Robert Workman.

Cavalleria rusticana (c) Robert Workman

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Verdi Vies with Cirque du Soleil in a Silky but Improbable ENO Aida


Verdi, Aida: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the English National Opera / Keri-Lynn Wilson (conductor). London Coliseum, London. 28.9.2017. (JPr)

A scene from Aida by Verdi @ London Coliseum. An English National Opera production. Conducted by Keri-Lynn Wilson. Directed by Phelim McDermott. (Opening 28-09-17) ©Tristram Kenton 09-17 (3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email:

Act IV of ENO’s Aida (c) Tristram Kenton

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Powerful and Thought-Provoking Khovanschina from the Welsh National Opera


Mussorgsky, Khovanschina: Soloists, and Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Tomáš Hanus, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff. 23.9.2017. (GPu)


WNO’s Khovanschina (c) Clive Barda

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