Good Performance of Manon Lescaut Despite a Less than Engaging Production

06/06/2019

Puccini, Manon Lescaut: Soloists, Opera Holland Park Chorus (chorus master: Richard Harker), City of London Sinfonia, Peter Robinson (conductor). Holland Park, London, 4.6.2019 (MB)

Elizabeth Llewellyn (Manon Lescaut). Shadow Manons and OHP Chorus
© Robert Workman
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Unfamiliar Gluck Operas Revived and Performed with Utmost Care by The Mozartists

03/06/2019

Gluck: Soloists, The Mozartists / Ian Page (conductor). Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, 31.5.2019. (CC)

Lena Belkina (Orfeo) (c) Benjamin Ealovega
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Grigòlo, Opolais and Terfel Feature in the Royal Opera’s ‘Blood and Thunder’ Revival of Tosca

29/05/2019

Puccini, Tosca: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Alexander Joel (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 27.5.2019. (JPr)

Kristine Opolais (Tosca) & Bryn Terfel (Scarpia) (c) Catherine Ashmore

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The Southbank Centre Presents Stockhausen’s Donnerstag aus Licht

24/05/2019

Stockhausen, Donnerstag aus Licht: Soloists, Le Balcon, Royal Academy of Music Manson Ensemble, New London Chamber Choir, London Sinfonietta / Maxime Pascal (conductor). Royal Festival Hall, London 22.5.2019. (CC)

Henri Deléger, (Michael, trumpet), Emmannuelle Grach (Michael, dancer)
and Safir Behloul (Michael in Act III, tenor) (c) Tristram Kenton

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Alagna and Radvanovsky Transcend Criticism in Giordano’s Overwrought Andrea Chénier

22/05/2019

Giordano, Andrea Chénier: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Daniel Oren (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 20.5.2019. (JPr)

Roberto Alagna (Andrea Chénier) & Sondra Radvanovsky (Maddalena)
(c) Tristram Kenton

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Opera North’s Aida is Superb in Music and Concept

22/05/2019

Verdi, Aida: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North / Sir Richard Armstrong (conductor), Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 21.5.2019. (SRT)

Opera North’s Aida (c) Clive Barda

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Glyndebourne Fails to Make the Case for Staging La Damnation de Faust

20/05/2019

Glyndebourne Festival 2019 [1] – Berlioz, La Damnation de Faust: Soloists, Dancers, Glyndebourne Chorus (chorus master: Aidan Oliver), Glyndebourne Youth Opera, Trinity Boys Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra / Robin Ticciati (conductor). Glyndebourne Opera House, Sussex, 18.5.2019. (MB)

(c) Richard Hubert Smith

La Damnation de Faust (c) Richard Hubert Smith

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Another Opportunity to Experience Henze’s Phaedra in London

20/05/2019

Henze, Phaedra: Soloists, Southbank Sinfonia / Edmund Whitehead (conductor), Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House, London, 16.5.2019. (MB)

Phaedra (c) Bill Cooper

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