Handel meets House of Cards? A compelling Agrippina from the Met

United StatesUnited States Handel, Agrippina: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York / Harry Bicket (conductor).  Broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera, New York to Dundonald Omniplex Cinema, Belfast,  29.2.2020. (RB)

Handel’s Agrippina (c) Marty Sohl/Met Opera

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An enjoyable performance of Hansel and Gretel in Dublin

IrelandIreland Humperdinck, Hansel and Gretel:  Soloists, Chorus and Ensemble of Irish National Opera / Richard Peirson (conductor), Abbey Theatre, Dublin, 15.2.2020. (RB)

Raymond Keane (Night Watchman), Raphaela Mangan (Hansel), Miriam Murphy (Mother),
Ben McAteer (Father) (c) Patrick Redmond

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Northern Ireland Opera brings Kiss Me, Kate vibrantly to life

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Cole Porter, Kiss Me, Kate:  Cast, Chorus and Orchestra of Northern Ireland Opera / Conor Mitchell (conductor). Lyric Theatre, Belfast, 5.2.2020. (RB)

Norman Bowman, Melle Stewart, Jayne Wisener, Jack McCann (c) Johnny Frazer

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CONDUCTOR TOM HAMMOND IN CONVERSATION WITH ROBERT BEATTIE

Tom Hammond talks to Robert Beattie

Tom Hammond (c) Gareth Barton

Tom Hammond is a London-based conductor, recording producer, and Festival Director. As well as being  Music Director/Principal Conductor of the Finchley, Hertford and St Albans Symphony Orchestras, Tom also directs youth orchestras in Hatfield and Watford, and is a Guest Conductor for the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music, Palestine, and in this country with the Orchestra of the Swan, which is based in Stratford-upon-Avon. Tom is a founding Artistic Director of the Hertfordshire Festival of Music, an annual summer celebration of classical music held in various venues in Hertfordshire which celebrates its fifth consecutive year in 2020.

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A visually sumptuous and imaginative Akhnaten production from the Met

United StatesUnited States Philip Glass, Akhnaten:  Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York / Karen Kamensek (Conductor), Broadcast live to the Dundonald Omniplex Cinema, Belfast from the Metropolitan Opera, New York 23.11.2019. (RB)

J’Nai Bridges, Anthony Roth Costanzo, and Dísella Lárusdóttir
in Akhnaten (c) Karen Almond/Met Opera

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Conor Mitchell’s powerful new music drama, packing a political punch, is staged in Belfast

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Conor Mitchell, Abomination: A DUP Opera: The Belfast Ensemble / Tom Brady (conductor). Lyric Theatre, Belfast, 8.11.2019. (RB)

Abomination: A DUP Opera (c) The Belfast Ensemble

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A novel and imaginative double bill at Wexford Festival Opera

IrelandIreland Wexford Festival Opera 2019 [3] – Andrew Synnott, Rossini:  Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Wexford Festival Opera / Michele Spotti (conductor), O’Reilly Theatre, National Opera House, Wexford, 27.10. 2019. (RB)

Adina (c) Clive Barda

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