Offenbach’s Fantasio Disinterred by Opera Rara – But Was it Worth it?

United KingdomUnited Kingdom  Offenbach: Fantasio – Soloists, Opera Rara Chorus, Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment, Sir Mark Elder (conductor). Royal Festival Hall, London, 15.12.2013. (JPr)

 

Fantasio: Brenda Rae and Sarah Connolly credit Russell Duncan
Fantasio: Brenda Rae and Sarah Connolly credit Russell Duncan

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John Adams’ El Niño is a Very Special Experience

United KingdomUnited Kingdom  Adams, El Niño Rosemary Joshua (soprano); Kelley O’Connor (mezzo-soprano); Matthew Rose (bass); Daniel Bubeck, Brian Cummings, Steven Rickards (counter-tenors); Coloma St Cecilia Singers; Trinity Boys’ Choir; London Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra/Vladimir Jurowski (conductor). Royal Festival Hall, London, 14.12.2013 (CC)

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A Jolly Opera Colourfully Staged and Well Sung

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Donizetti, L’elisir d’amore (sung in Italian with surtitles in English): Soloists, RNCM Opera Orchestra and Chorus / Francesco Pasqualetti (conductor), RNCM Theatre, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, 8.12.2013 (RJF)

L'elisir - Thomas Hopkinson (Dulcamara)  Pic credit RNCM, Manchester
L’elisir – Thomas Hopkinson (Dulcamara)
Pic credit RNCM, Manchester

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With Fewer Production Vagaries Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux Blazes Forth

United KingdomUnited Kingdom  Gaetano Donizetti, Roberto Devereux: (sung in Italian with surtitles in English and Welsh) Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera (on tour), Christian Capocaccia (conductor), Venue Cymru (North Wales Theatre), Llandudno, 22.11.2013  (RJF)

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