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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Garsington Opera’s The Bartered Bride gets a rather more muted revival

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Garsington Opera 2023 [3] – Bedřich Smetana, The Bartered Bride: Soloists, Garsington Opera Chorus & Philharmonia Orchestra / Jac van Steen (conductor). Garsington Opera at Wormsley, 30.6.2023. (CR)

Garsington Opera’s The Bartered Bride © Alice Pennefather

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Despite some world-class singing, Grange Park Opera’s new Tristan und Isolde misses the boat

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Wagner, Tristan und Isolde: Soloists, Chorus of Grange Park Opera, The Gascoigne Orchestra / Stephen Barlow (conductor). Grange Park Opera, West Horsley, 22.6.2023. (JPr)

Grange Park Opera Tristan und Isolde (Act I) © Marc Brenner

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Royal Northern Sinfonia, the UK’s only full-time chamber orchestra, lifts Nevill Holt Opera’s La Cenerentola

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Nevill Holt Opera 2023 – Rossini, La Cenerentola: Soloists, Royal Northern Sinfonia / Dionysis Grammenos (conductor). Nevill Holt, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, 23.6.2023. (CP)

Nevill Holt Opera’s La Cenerentola © Genevieve Girling

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Longborough’s L’elisir d’amore excitingly transfers from a Basque to a Cotswold village

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Longborough Festival Opera 2023 [2] – Donizetti, L’elisir d’amore: Soloists, Longborough Festival Chorus and Orchestra / Alice Farnham (conductor). Longborough, Gloucestershire, 20.6.2022. (CP)

Longborough Festival Opera’s L’elisir d’amore © Matthew Williams-Ellis

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