ENO’s new Marriage of Figaro is a real tonic in these uncertain times  

15/03/2020

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Mozart, The Marriage of Figaro: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of English National Opera / Kevin John Edusei (conductor). London Coliseum, 14.3.2020. (CC)

ENO’s The Marriage of Figaro (c) Marc Brenner

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Carlo Rizzi’s conducting and WNO’s chorus make Les vêpres siciliennes a worthwhile experience

13/03/2020

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Verdi, Les vêpres siciliennes: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Carlo Rizzi (conductor). Theatre Cymru, Llandudno, 7.3.2020. (RJF)

WNO’s Les vêpres siciliennes (c) Johan Persson

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Handel’s Susanna returns to Covent Garden after 271 years in an enjoyable staging

07/03/2020

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Handel, Susanna, HWV 66: Soloists, members of the Royal Opera Chorus, London Handel Orchestra / Patrick Milne (conductor). Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 5.3.2020. (CC)

Handel’s Susanna © Stephen Cummiskey

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Strong soloists, chorus, and orchestra are the pluses of Scottish Opera’s Nixon in China

01/03/2020

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Adams, Nixon in China: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Scottish Opera / Joana Carneiro (conductor). Edinburgh Festival Theatre, 29.2.2020. (SRT)

Hye-Youn Lee (Madame Mao Tse-tung) & Julia Sporsén (Pat Nixon) in Nixon in China
(c) James Glossop

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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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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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