RCM’s singers brim with youthful vivacity and enthusiam in a fabulous Haydn Il mondo della luna

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Haydn, Il mondo della luna: Soloists, Chorus, Royal College of Music Opera Orchestra / Michael Rosewell (conductor). Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, Kensington, London, 25.11.2019. (CC)

Anna Cooper (Lisetta) in Il mondo della luna
(c) Chris Christodoulou

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David McVicar’s Death in Venice has no new insights into Britten’s valedictory opera

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Britten, Death in Venice: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Richard Farnes (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 21.11.2019. (JPr)

Mark Padmore (Aschenbach) and Gerald Finley (Elderly Fop) © Catherine Ashmore

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Rare, abbreviated, yet superbly staged performance of Handel’s Giulio Cesare from Opera North

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Handel, Giulio Cesare in Egitto: Orchestra members of Opera North / Christian Curnyn (conductor). The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays. 12.11.2019. (RJF)

Heather Lowe (Sesto), James Laing (Tolomeo) and Darren Jeffery (Achilla)
(c) Alastair Muir

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ENO’s production and performance of Glass’s Orphée has a vitality that almost throbs

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Glass, Orphée (sung in an English translation by Netia Jones and Emma Jenkins): Soloists, Orchestra of English National Opera / Geoffrey Paterson (conductor). London Coliseum, 15.11.2019. (CC)

Jennifer France (The Princess) & Nicholas Lester (Orphée) (c) Catherine Ashmore

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Fazioli, Mark Springer: Army of Lovers at The Playground Theatre

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Army of Lovers (libretto by David Flusfeder and music by Mark Springer): Mark Springer and Ben Schoeman (pianists), Ben Groenevelt (double bass). The Playground Theatre, Kensington, London, 13.11. 2019. (JB)

Mark Springer

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Renato Balsadonna conducts Opera North’s La bohème empathetically, but time this production was retired

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Puccini, La bohème: Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North / Renato Balsadonna (conductor). The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays. 12.11.2019. (RJF)

Eleazar Rodriguez (Rodolfo) & Lauren Fagan (Mimì) (c) Richard Hubert Smith

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Conor Mitchell’s powerful new music drama, packing a political punch, is staged in Belfast

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Conor Mitchell, Abomination: A DUP Opera: The Belfast Ensemble / Tom Brady (conductor). Lyric Theatre, Belfast, 8.11.2019. (RB)

Abomination: A DUP Opera (c) The Belfast Ensemble

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David McVicar’s tried and trusted production of Die Zauberflöte returns to Covent Garden  

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Mozart, Die Zauberflöte: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Leo Hussain (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 8.11.2019. (CC)

The Royal Opera’s Die Zauberflöte (c) Tristram Kenton

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