Nico Muhly’s ‘Two Boys’ at English National Opera


Nico Muhly, Two Boys (world premiere): Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the English National Opera, Rumon Gamba (conductor). The Coliseum, London, 24.6.2011 (MB) Read more

In Praise of Amateur Opera – Bel Canto Opera’s La Traviata


Verdi, La Traviata: Soloists, Orchestra and Chorus of Bel Canto Opera, Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham, 16.6.2011. (RJ) Read more

Britten well served by revival of Decker’s Peter Grimes


Britten, Peter Grimes: Soloists, Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Sir Andrew Davis (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 21.6.2011 (MB) Read more

Seven Angels with Birmingham Contemporary Music and Opera Group


Bedford (Music) and Maxwell (Words) – Seven Angels: World Premier of joint Opera Production from the Opera Group and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group with Nicholas Collon (Conductor) John Fulljames (Director) Tadasu Takamine (Designer) Jon Clark (Lighting). CBSO Centre, Birmingham, 17 6.2011 (GR) Read more

Longborough Festival Opera’s Così with a modern slant


Mozart,  Così fan tutte: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Longborough Festival Opera/Gianluca Marcianò (conductor), Longborough, 16.6.2011 (RJ) Read more

Semi-staged Barbican Idomeneo lives up to expectations


Mozart, Idomeneo, re di Creta, K 366: (Semi-Staged Performance)   Balthasar Neumann Ensemble and Choir/Thomas Hengelbrock (conductor) Barbican Hall, London,  11.6.2011 (GD) Read more

Routine Tosca lacks lyricism and pathos


Puccini, Tosca : Soloists, chorus and orchestra of the Royal Opera. Conductor: Antonio Pappano. Covent Garden, London, 14.6.2011 (JPr) Read more

Holland Park Opera makes a good job of rather poor Mascagni


Mascagni, L’amico Fritz: Soloists, Chorus of Opera Holland Park, City of London Sinfonia, Stuart Stratford (conductor), 10.6.2011 (GDn) Read more

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