Kunde, Jaho, and Pappano make Warner’s Otello at Covent Garden show what great opera is all about

11/12/2019

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Verdi, Otello: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. 9.12.2019. (CC)

Gregory Kunde (Otello) & Ermonela Jaho (Desdemona) (c) Catherine Ashmore

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A compelling RNCM Carmélites performance of great energy and spirit with no shortage of talent

10/12/2019

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Poulenc, Dialogues des Carmélites: Soloists, RNCM Opera Chorus and Orchestra / Andrew Greenwood (conductor). Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, 8.12.2019. (MC)

RNCM’s Dialogues des Carmélites (c) Robert Workman

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Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic’s rich, brooding, and tempestuous Peter Grimes

02/12/2019

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Britten, Peter Grimes: Soloists, Bergen Philharmonic Choir, Edvard Grieg Kor, Royal Northern College of Music Chorus, Choir of Collegiûm Mûsicûm / Håkon Matti Skrede (chorus master), Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra / Edward Gardner (conductor). Royal Festival Hall, London, 30.11.2019. (JPr)

Erin Wall (Ellen), Stuart Skelton (Peter Grimes) and Samuel Winter (John)
(c) Mark Allan/Southbank Centre

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RCM’s singers brim with youthful vivacity and enthusiam in a fabulous Haydn Il mondo della luna

27/11/2019

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Haydn, Il mondo della luna: Soloists, Chorus, Royal College of Music Opera Orchestra / Michael Rosewell (conductor). Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, Kensington, London, 25.11.2019. (CC)

Anna Cooper (Lisetta) in Il mondo della luna
(c) Chris Christodoulou

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David McVicar’s Death in Venice has no new insights into Britten’s valedictory opera

22/11/2019

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Britten, Death in Venice: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Richard Farnes (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 21.11.2019. (JPr)

Mark Padmore (Aschenbach) and Gerald Finley (Elderly Fop) © Catherine Ashmore

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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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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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