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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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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