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

17/11/2019

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

16/11/2019

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

15/11/2019

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

14/11/2019

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

12/11/2019

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  

10/11/2019

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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Laurence Equilbey leads a marvellous performance of Der Freischütz

06/11/2019

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Weber, Der Freischütz (semi-staged): Soloists, accentus, Insula Orchestra / Laurence Equilbey (conductor), Barbican Hall, London, 4.11.2019. (CC)

Laurence Equilbey ©Julien Benhamou

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Sizeable Llandudno audience rewarded with memorable performance of WNO’s Cunning Little Vixen

05/11/2019

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Janáĉek, The Cunning Little Vixen (sung in Czech): Soloists, Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Tomáš Hanus (conductor). Theatre Cymru, Llandudno, 31.10.2019

Aiofe Miskelly (Vixen) & Lucia Cervoni (Fox) (c) Richard Hubert Smith

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