Fine and characterful singing as Die Walküre is heard once more in Wagner-starved London

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Wagner, Die Walküre: Soloists, London Opera Company ensemble (Rosemary Taylor [clarinets], Jo Harris [trumpet], William Brown [trombone, bass trumpet], James Bower [percussion]), Peter Selwyn (piano, music director). St John’s, Waterloo, London, 3.7.2021. (MB)

Cara McHardy (Brünnhilde)

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Glyndebourne’s Così fan tutte revival is a veritable triumph of organisation, performance and production

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Glyndebourne Festival 2021 – Mozart, Così fan tutte (Bärenreiter edition, ed. Ferguson / Rehm): Soloists, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment / Riccardo Minasi (conductor). Glyndebourne, East Sussex, 4.7.2021. (CC)

Alessandro Corbelli (Don Alfonso) and Hera Hyesang Park (Despina)
(c) Tristram Kenton

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Longborough’s Big Top Così fan tutte just about survives the cuts and the re-orchestration

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Longborough Festival Opera 2021 [2] – Mozart, Così fan tutte: Soloists and the Barefoot Band / Lesley Anne Sammons (conductor). Big Top, Longborough Festival Opera, Gloucestershire, 26.6.2021. (CP)

Idunnu Münch (Dorabella), William Morgan (Ferrando) & John Molloy (Alfonso)
(c) Matthew Williams-Ellis

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Anna Princeva stars as a convincing Mimì in a Covid-adjusted La bohème revival at Covent Garden

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Puccini, La bohème: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Renato Balsadonna (conductor). Filmed (directed by Jonathan Haswell) on 23.6.2021 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and streamed on 25.6.2021. (JPr)

La bohème Act II with Danielle de Niese (Musetta) (c) Tristram Kenton

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John Wilson and OperaGlass Works turn the Britten screw for telly

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Britten, The Turn of the Screw: Libretto by Myfanwy Piper from a story by Henry James. An OperaGlass Works production. Directors – Dominic Best, Selina Cadell and Eliza Thompson. Set designer – Tom Piper and Director of Photography – Jim Ashcroft. Sinfonia of London / John Wilson (conductor). Orchestra recorded at Cadogan Hall, London and filmed at an empty Wilton’s Music Hall, London. Shown on BBC FOUR, 6.6.2021 and available on BBC iPlayer until 6.7.2021. (JB)   

Robert Murray (Peter Quint) © Laurie Sparham

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The Marriage of Figaro from Opera Holland Park’s Young Artists is a positively inspiring celebration of youth

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Mozart, Le nozze di Figaro (reduced orch. by Jonathan Lyness): Soloists, Chorus of Opera Holland Park, City of London Sinfonia / Lada Valešová (conductor). Opera Holland Park, London, 15.6.2021. (CC)

Ross Ramgobin (Figaro) in OHP’s The Marriage of Figaro © Ali Wright

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