National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company’s sunny Cornwall with affection for the nobility

United KingdomUnited Kingdom The 29th International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival [1] – Gilbert & Sullivan, The Pirates of Penzance: Soloists and Chorus of the National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company, National Festival Orchestra / Murray Hipkin (conductor). Opera House, Buxton, 2.8.2023. (RJW)

The Pirates of Penzance: ‘Go, ye heroes, go to glory’ © Jane Stokes

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Longborough’s season ends with a ravishing interpretation of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Longborough Festival Opera 2023 [4] – Purcell, The Fairy Queen: Soloists, Musicians using orchestral material from The Early Music Company / Harry Sever (conductor). Longborough, Gloucestershire, 2.8.2023. (CP)

Longborough Festival Opera’s The Fairy Queen © Matthew Williams-Ellis

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The Pilgrim’s Progress is a fine achievement by British Youth Opera at the Three Choirs Festival

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Three Choirs Festival 2023 [4] – Vaughan Williams, The Pilgrim’s Progress: Soloists, British Youth Opera, Three Choirs Festival Youth Choir, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Charlotte Corderoy (conductor). Gloucester Cathedral, 24.7.2023. (JQ)

The Pilgrim’s Progress (Vanity Fair scene) © James O’Driscoll

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Bampton Classical Opera celebrates 30 years with a gorgeous UK premiere of Salieri’s At the Venice Fair

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Bampton Classical Opera – Salieri, At the Venice Fair (La fiera di Venezia): Soloists, Orchestra of Bampton Classical Opera / Thomas Blunt (conductor). Bampton, Oxfordshire, 21.7.2022. (CP)

Bampton Classical Opera’s At the Venice Fair © Anthony Hall/BCO

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Longborough’s successful season continues with a dissonant interpretation of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Longborough Festival Opera 2023 [3] – Monteverdi, L’Orfeo: Soloists, La Serenissima / Robert Howarth (conductor). Longborough, Gloucestershire, 18.7.2023. (CP)

Longborough Festival Opera’s L’Orfeo © Matthew Williams-Ellis

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Bertrand de Billy’s conducting and Lisa Davidsen’s Elizabeth impress in Covent Garden’s Don Carlo revival

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Verdi, Don Carlo (Modena version, 1886): Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Bertrand de Billy (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 30.6.2023. (CC)

John Relyea (Philip II) and Luca Micheletti (Rodrigo) © Bill Cooper

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