Glyndebourne’s semi-staging of Wagner’s magnificent Tristan und Isolde worked beautifully

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2021 [2] – Wagner, Tristan und Isolde (semi-staged): Soloists, Glyndebourne Chorus, London Philharmonic Orchestra / Robin Ticciati (conductor). Glyndebourne Opera House, Lewes, East Sussex, 17.8.2021. (CC)

Simon O’Neill (Tristan) (c) Bill Cooper

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Operatic fireworks from Waterperry Opera Festival’s brilliant The Elixir of Love

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Waterperry Opera Festival 2021 – Donizetti, The Elixir of Love (L’elisir d’amore): Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Waterperry Opera Festival / Bertie Baigent (conductor). Waterperry Garden, Oxfordshire, 14.8.2021. (JPr)

Thando Mjandana (Nemorino) and Alison Langer (Adina) (c) Marc Brenner

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Much to enjoy in Scottish Opera’s new Falstaff at the Edinburgh International Festival

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Edinburgh International Festival 2021 [5] – Verdi, Falstaff: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Scottish Opera / Stuart Stratford (conductor). Edinburgh Festival Theatre, 12.8.2021. (SRT)

Louise Winter (Mistress Quickly)and Roland Wood (Falstaff) (c) Julie Howden

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Nevill Holt’s La traviata – an astonishing achievement, full of emerging talent

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Nevill Holt Opera 2021 [1] – Verdi, La traviata: Soloists, chorus and Manchester Camerata / Nicholas Chalmers (conductor). Nevill Holt, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, 5.8.2021. (CP)

Susana Gaspar (Violetta) & Luis Gomes (Alfredo) (c) Lloyd Winters

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Longborough’s emerging artists and youth chorus fashion a Cunning spirits-lifting close to the season

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Longborough Festival Opera 2021 [3] – Janáček, The Cunning Little Vixen: Soloists, Longborough Youth Chorus, Longborough Festival Orchestra / Justin Brown (conductor). The Big Top, Longborough, Gloucestershire, 29.7.2021. (CP)

Julieth Lozano (Vixen) & Longborough Youth Chorus (c) Matthew Williams-Ellis

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Tête-à-Tête present Darren Berry’s unusual The Crocodile of Old Kang Pow

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival [1] – Darren Berry: The Crocodile of Old Kang Pow (Acts I and II): Soloists, Darren Berry (narrator), Eddie Giffney (piano). The Cockpit Theatre, Marylebone, London, 29.7.2021 (MB)

Oscar Dom Victor Castellino (O’Fela, the Crocodile God) (c) Claire Shovelton

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