Fine singing but Verdi’s seminal musical masterpiece deserves better than this WNO Rigoletto

04/11/2019

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Verdi, Rigoletto: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Alexander Joel  (conductor). Theatre Cymru, Llandudno, 30.10.2019. (RJF)

Alastair Moore (Marullo) and Mark S. Doss (Rigoletto) (c) Richard Hubert Smith

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Tomáš Hanus’s conducting is a highlight of WNO’s new Carmen in Llandudno

04/11/2019

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Bizet, Carmen: Soloists, Orchestra and Chorus of Welsh National Opera / Tomáš Hanus (conductor). Theatre Cymru, Llandudno, 29.10.2019. (RJF)

Benjamin Bevan, Harriet Eyley, Virginie Verrez, Joe Roche & Angela Simkin in Carmen
(c) Bill Cooper

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Jonathan Miller’s The Mikado returns once more to ENO but is showing its age

04/11/2019

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Gilbert & Sullivan, The Mikado: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of English National Opera / Chris Hopkins (conductor). London Coliseum, 2.11.2019. (JPr)

Sir John Tomlinson (The Mikado) (c) Genevieve Girling

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Fontanals-Simmons and Hoare are standouts in ENO’s The Mask of Orpheus though orchestra gets glitterball

30/10/2019

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Birtwistle, The Mask of Orpheus: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of English National Opera / Martyn Brabbins & James Henshaw (conductors). Electronic music realised by Barry Anderson. London Coliseum, 29.10.2019. (CC)

Peter Hoare, Claron McFadden and
Marta Fontanals-Simmons © Alastair Muir

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A revival of its popular Tosca opens Scottish Opera’s season in Glasgow magnificently

29/10/2019

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Puccini, Tosca: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Scottish Opera / Stuart Stratford (conductor). Theatre Royal Glasgow, 26.10.2019. (GT)

End of Act I of Scottish Opera’s Tosca (c) Peter Glossop

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Olga Peretyatko steals Don Pasquale’s money and the show in Michieletto’s new Covent Garden production

26/10/2019

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Donizetti, Don Pasquale: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Evelino Pidò (conductor). Directed for the screen by Pati Marr and broadcast live to Cineworld Basildon, Essex, 24.10.2019. (JPr)

Olga Peretyatko (Norina) and Bryn Terfel (Don Pasquale) (c) Clive Barda

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Mastersingers and the Rehearsal Orchestra near the Wagnerian summit with Siegfried Act III

22/10/2019

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Wagner, Siegfried Act III: Soloists, Rehearsal Orchestra / Anthony Legge (conductor), Henry Wood Hall, London, 20.10.2019. (JPr)

Siegfried Act III rehearsal at Henry Wood Hall (c) Mastersingers

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Admirable musical performances but an effortful new Don Pasquale production at Covent Garden

16/10/2019

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Donizetti, Don Pasquale: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Evelino Pidò (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 14.10.2019. (CC)

Bryn Terfel (Don Pasquale) and Olga Peretyatko (Norina) (c) Clive Barda

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