JPYA Summer Performance 2021: entertaining – though eclectic – mix of operatic excerpts

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance 2021: Jette Parker Young Artists, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Sir Mark Elder, Richard Hetherington and Michael Papadopoulos (conductors). Recorded (directed by Jonathan Haswell) at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, on 17.7.2021 and streamed from 23.7.2021. (JPr)

Jette Parker Young Artists in Falstaff Act II, Scene 2 Roméo

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Garsington Opera’s highly enjoyable Le Comte Ory has an energetic, risqué sense of fun

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Garsington Opera 2021 [1] – Rossini, Le Comte Ory: Soloists, Garsington Opera Chorus and Philharmonia Orchestra / Valentina Peleggi (conductor). Garsington Opera at Wormsley, 17.7.2021. (CR)

Garsington Opera’s Le Comte Ory (c) Alice Pennefather

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Jennifer France’s unforgettable Vixen crowns OHP’s Janáček production which has it all – comedy, pathos, delight and tears

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Janáček, The Cunning Little Vixen (Přiíhody lišky Bystroušky) sung in English in the chamber version by Jonathan Dove): Soloists, Chorus and Children’s Chorus of Opera Holland Park, City of London Sinfonia / Jessica Cottis (conductor). Holland Park, London, 13.7.2021. (CC)

Members of the Children’s Chorus in The Cunning Little Vixen © Ali Wright

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Fine and characterful singing as Die Walküre is heard once more in Wagner-starved London

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Wagner, Die Walküre: Soloists, London Opera Company ensemble (Rosemary Taylor [clarinets], Jo Harris [trumpet], William Brown [trombone, bass trumpet], James Bower [percussion]), Peter Selwyn (piano, music director). St John’s, Waterloo, London, 3.7.2021. (MB)

Cara McHardy (Brünnhilde)

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