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

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

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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Emma Rice’s #MeToo ENO Orpheus in the Underworld is bleached of all its inherent charm

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Offenbach, Orpheus in the Underworld: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of English National Opera / Sian Edwards (conductor). London Coliseum, 11.10.2019. (JPr)

ENO’s Orpheus in the Underworld – On Mount Olympus (c) Clive Barda

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With its parallels to today, ETO bring authentic Weill sounds and exciting music making to The Silver Lake

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Kurt Weill and Georg Kaiser, The Silver Lake (Der Silbersee): Soloists, Choir of Streetwise Opera and English Touring Opera Orchestra / James Holmes (conductor). Hackney Empire, London, 7.10.2019. (AK)

English Touring Opera’s The Silver Lake (c) Richard Hubert Smith

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Everything falls into place in WNO’s superb revival of The Cunning Little Vixen

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Janáĉek, The Cunning Little Vixen (sung in Czech): Soloists, Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Tomáš Hanus (conductor). Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 5.10.2019. (GPu)

Aiofe Miskelly (left, Vixen) and Lucia Cervoni (right, Fox) (c) Richard Hubert Smith

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Sakari Oramo reveals the gorgeous colours of William Alwyn’s Miss Julie

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Alwyn, Miss Julie: Soloists, BBC Symphony Orchestra / Sakari Oramo (conductor), Kenneth Richardson (director), Barbican Hall, London, 3.10.2019. (CS)

Anna Patalong (Miss Julie) and Benedict Nelson (Jean) (c) Tom Howard

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Much to admire in ENOs staging of Orpheus and Eurydice

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Gluck, Orpheus and Eurydice (1774, Berlioz edition: sung in English): Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of English National Opera / Harry Bicket (conductor). London Coliseum, 1.10.2019. (CC)

Sarah Tynan as Eurydice, Alice Coote as Orpheus (c) Donald Cooper

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WNO’s Rigoletto production now feels pointless and distracting, but is saved by its musical virtues.

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Verdi, Rigoletto: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Alexander Joel (conductor). Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 27.9.2019. (GPu)

Marina Monzó (Gilda) & David Junghoon Kim (Duke) (c) Richard Hubert Smith

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