Damiano Michieletto’s new Covent Garden Carmen is well sung but disappoints and disturbs

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Bizet, Carmen: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Antonello Manacorda (conductor). Broadcast live (directed by Pati Marr) from the Royal Ballet & Opera, Covent Garden, to Cineworld Basildon, Essex, 1.5.2024. (JPr)

Ruth Alfie Adams (Don José’s mother) and Piotr Beczała (Don José) © Camilla Greenwell

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The best things come to those who wait: Jurowski and the LPO’s Götterdämmerung

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Wagner, Götterdämmerung (semi-staged): Soloists, London Philharmonic Choir, London Voices, London Philharmonic Orchestra / Vladimir Jurowski (conductor). Royal Festival Hall, London, 27.4.2024 (CC)

Kai Rüütel-Pajula (Waltraute) and Svetlana Sozdateleva (Brünnhilde) © LPO

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Simon Boccanegra was a resounding success and testament to Elder’s 24-year rejuvenation of the Hallé

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Verdi, Simon Boccanegra (concert staging, 1857 version): Soloists, Chorus of Opera North, RNCM Opera Chorus, Hallé / Sir Mark Elder (conductor). The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 18.4.2024. (MC)

Sir Mark Elder conducting the Hallé © David Hughes

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The superb Asmik Grigorian is simply Mimì in a kimono in Covent Garden’s Madama Butterfly

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Puccini, Madama Butterfly: Soloists, Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Kevin John Edusei (conductor). Filmed (directed by Bridget Caldwell) on 26.3.2024 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and shown at Everyman Cinema, Chelmsford, Essex, 1.4.2024. (JPr)

[l-r] Hongni Wu (Suzuki), Josef Jeongmeen Ahn (Yamadori), Ya-Chung Huang (Goro), Asmik Grigorian (Cio-Cio-San) and Joshua Guerrero (Pinkerton) © Marc Brenner

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