ENO’s Paul Bunyan is a Magnificent, Hugely Entertaining Evening

15/05/2019

Britten, Paul Bunyan: Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra of English National Opera / James Henshaw (conductor), Alexandra Palace Theatre, London, 13.5.2019. (CC)

Elgan Llyr Thomas as Johnny Inkslinger (c) Genevieve Girling

Elgan Llyr Thomas as Johnny Inkslinger (c) Genevieve Girling

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Some Outstanding Singing Gives Pleasure in WNO’s Spidery Roberto Devereux

30/04/2019

Donizetti, Roberto Devereux: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / James Southall (conductor). Theatre Cymru, Llandudno, 25.4.2019. (RJF)

Joyce El-Khoury (Elisabeth) & Barry Banks (Roberto Devereux) (c) Bill Cooper

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WNO’s Scintillatingly Sung and Played The Magic Flute Deserved a New Staging

28/04/2019

Mozart, The Magic Flute: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Damian Iorio (conductor). Theatre Cymru, Llandudno, 24.4.2019. (RJF)

Ben Johnson (Tamino) (c) Bill Cooper

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WNO’s Very Well Sung Un ballo in maschera in Llandudno

28/04/2019

Verdi, Un ballo in maschera: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Gareth Jones (conductor). Theatre Cymru, Llandudno, 24.4 2019. (RJF)

(l to r) Gwyn Hughes Jones (Riccardo), Roland Wood (Renato),
& Mary Elizabeth Williams (Amelia) (c) Bill Cooper

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The Royal Opera’s Unforgettable Billy Budd

25/04/2019

Britten, Billy Budd (1960 two-act revised version): Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Ivor Bolton (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 23.4.2019. (CC)

Clive Bayley (Dansker) & Jacques Imbrailo (Billy Budd)
(c) Catherine Ashmore

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Despite Late Cast Changes, Faust at Covent Garden Triumphs Against the Odds

13/04/2019

Gounod, Faust: Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Dan Ettinger (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 11.4.2019. (CC)

The Royal Opera’s Faust (c) Tristram Kenton

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RNCM’s Compelling and Entertaining The Pilgrim’s Progress Has Top Drawer Staging

08/04/2019

Ralph Vaughan Williams, The Pilgrim’s Progress: Soloists, Chorus and Opera Orchestra of the Royal Northern College of Music / Rebecca Tong (conductor). RNCM Opera Theatre, Manchester 5.4.2019. (MC)

RNCM’s The Pilgrim’s Progress © Robert Workman

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ENO’s Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel Gets Lost in the Whitechapel Maze

05/04/2019

Iain Bell, Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of English National Opera / Martyn Brabbins (conductor). London Coliseum, 3.4.2019. (JPr)

‘The Women of Whitechapel’ – (l-r) Janis Kelly, Marie McLaughlin, Natalya Romaniw,
Susan Bullock and Lesley Garrett (c) Alistair Muir

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