ENO’s wonderful singers compensate for a disordered modern dress Luisa Miller

21/02/2020

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Verdi, Luisa Miller: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of English National Opera / Alexander Joel (conductor). London Coliseum, 19.2.2020 (JPr)

Elizabeth Llewellyn (Luisa) and Soloman Howard (Wurm) (c) Tristram Kenton

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

12/02/2020

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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Northern Ireland Opera brings Kiss Me, Kate vibrantly to life

10/02/2020

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Cole Porter, Kiss Me, Kate:  Cast, Chorus and Orchestra of Northern Ireland Opera / Conor Mitchell (conductor). Lyric Theatre, Belfast, 5.2.2020. (RB)

Norman Bowman, Melle Stewart, Jayne Wisener, Jack McCann (c) Johnny Frazer

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

09/02/2020

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

06/02/2020

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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Royal Opera’s revival of La bohème sees Puccini emerge triumphant at Covent Garden

22/01/2020

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Puccini, La bohème: Soloists, Tiffin Boys’ Choir and Children’s Chorus, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Emmanuel Villaume (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. 21.1.2020. (CC)

Charles Castronovo (Rodolfo) & Sonya Yoncheva (Mimì) © Tristram Kenton

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David Lang’s contemporary re-take on Fidelio fails to convince at the Barbican

13/01/2020

United KingdomUnited Kingdom David Lang, prisoner of the state (European premiere): Soloists, BBC Singers, Students from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, BBC Symphony Orchestra / Ilan Volkov (conductor). Barbican Hall, London, 11.1.2020. (CC)

Jarrett Ott (The Prisoner), Alan Oke (The Governor) Julie Mathevet (The Assistant)
(c) BBC/Mark Allan

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The power of this performance is testament to the longevity of the Royal Opera’s La traviata

19/12/2019

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Verdi, La traviata: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Daniel Oren (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 17.12.2019. (CC)

Liparit Avetisyan (Alfredo) & Hrachuhi Bassenz (Violetta)
(c) Catherine Ashmore

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