Dramatic and Reverential Verdi Opens Andris Nelson’s New CBSO Season


United KingdomUnited Kingdom  Verdi, Requiem: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Andris Nelsons (Conductor), CBSO Chorus (Chorus Master – Julian Wilkins) and Soloists, Kristine Opolais (Soprano),  Mihoko Fujimura (Mezzo) , Pavel Černoch (Tenor) & Jan Martinik (Bass) Birmingham Symphony Hall, 22.9.2011 (GR).

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Evelino Pidò invokes the heavenly and the hellish in Gounod’s Faust


United KingdomUnited Kingdom  Gounod, Faust: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Evelino Pidò (conductor). 18.9.2011 (CC)

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Satisfying, richly theatrical Rossini from Welsh National Opera


United KingdomUnited Kingdom  Rossini, The Barber of Seville: (Revival Premiere) Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Alexander Polianichko (conductor), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 22.09.2011 (GPu)

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Young Vic outperforms London’s opera houses with Street Scene


United KingdomUnited Kingdom Kurt Weill, Street Scene: Soloists, Lewisham Choral Society and BBC Concert Orchestra / conducted by James Lockhart (conductor), Young Vic, London, 20.9.11. (JPr) Read more

A rewarding and satisfying Don Giovanni from Welsh National Opera


United KingdomUnited Kingdom   Mozart, Don Giovanni: (Premiere) Soloists, chorus and orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Lothar Koenigs (conductor), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 16.9.2011. (GPu) Read more

Maestro Pappano displays perfect mastery in three Puccini miniatures


United KingdomUnited Kingdom  Puccini, Il trittico: Richard Jones’s new productions of Il tabarro and Suor Angelica and a revival of his Gianni Schicchi; soloists and chorus of Royal Opera, Conductor: Antonio Pappano, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 12.9.11. (JPr) Read more

Prom 73: Berlioz’ version of Der Freischütz doesn’t quite hit the bullseye


United KingdomUnited Kingdom  Prom 73: Weber, Der Freischütz: Soloists, Monteverdi Choir, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique/Sir John Eliot Gardiner (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 9.9.11. (JPr) Read more

Good performances in enigmatic and thought-provoking production of Dido and Aeneas


United KingdomUnited Kingdom   Purcell: Dido and Aeneas. Joint opera production between Operamus and Birmingham Conservatoire with Annette Thompson (Director) and Daniele Rosina (Conductor), Recital Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire, 4. 9. 2011 (GR).

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