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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Glyndebourne’s Così fan tutte revival is a veritable triumph of organisation, performance and production

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2021 – Mozart, Così fan tutte (Bärenreiter edition, ed. Ferguson / Rehm): Soloists, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment / Riccardo Minasi (conductor). Glyndebourne Opera House, Lewes, East Sussex, 4.7.2021. (CC)

Alessandro Corbelli (Don Alfonso) and Hera Hyesang Park (Despina)
(c) Tristram Kenton

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Longborough’s Big Top Così fan tutte just about survives the cuts and the re-orchestration

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Longborough Festival Opera 2021 [2] – Mozart, Così fan tutte: Soloists and the Barefoot Band / Lesley Anne Sammons (conductor). Big Top, Longborough Festival Opera, Gloucestershire, 26.6.2021. (CP)

Idunnu Münch (Dorabella), William Morgan (Ferrando) & John Molloy (Alfonso)
(c) Matthew Williams-Ellis

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