For all of its cleverness, Barry’s The Intelligence Park leaves one unsatisfied

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Gerald Barry, The Intelligence Park: Soloists, London Sinfonietta / Jessica Cottis (conductor). The Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House, London, 28.9.2019. (CC)

Gerald Barry’s The Intelligence Park (c) Clive Barda

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Virtuosity from DiDonato but Kosky’s Agrippina is puzzling and contradictory

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Handel, Agrippina: Soloists, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment / Maxim Emelyanychev (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 23.9. 2019. (AK)

Joyce DiDonato (Agrippina) and Nerone (Franco Fagioli) (c) Bill Cooper

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Mascagni and Wolf-Ferrari double bill is a great success at the Lammermuir Festival

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Lammermuir Festival [2] – Mascagni, Zanetto & Wolf-Ferrari, Susanna’s Secret: Soloists, Orchestra of Scottish Opera / David Parry (conductor). St Mary’s Parish Church, Haddington, 21.9.2019. (SRT)

Richard Burkhard (Count Gil) and Clare Presland (Countess Susanna)
in Susanna’s Secret (c) Sally Jubb Photography

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Thanks to Juan Diego Flórez and Edward Gardner Covent Garden’s rare Werther revival should not be missed

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Massenet, Werther: Soloists, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Edward Gardner (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 17.9.2019. (JPr)

Juan Diego Flórez (Werther) and Isabel Leonard (Charlotte) (c) Catherine Ashmore

Read moreThanks to Juan Diego Flórez and Edward Gardner Covent Garden’s rare Werther revival should not be missed

Elaine McKrill and Jonathan Stoughton impress in Saffron Opera Group’s exciting and engrossing Tristan und Isolde

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Wagner, Tristan und Isolde (concert performance): Saffron Opera Group Chorus and Orchestra / Michael Thorne (conductor). Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden, Essex, 15.9.2019. (JPr)

(l-r) Elaine McKrill (Isolde), Michael Thorne (conductor) & Jonathan Stoughton (Tristan)
with the Saffron Opera Group Orchestra (c) Roger King

Read moreElaine McKrill and Jonathan Stoughton impress in Saffron Opera Group’s exciting and engrossing Tristan und Isolde

Radius Opera premieres Benjamin’s The Fire of Olympus in Burnley

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Tim Benjamin’s The Fire of Olympus (or, On Sticking It To The Man): Soloists and Orchestra (harpsichord: Alex Robinson) of Radius Opera / Ellie Slorach (conductor). Burnley Mechanics, Manchester Road, Burnley, 14.9.2019 (RBa)

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