Carlo Rizzi’s conducting and WNO’s chorus make Les vêpres siciliennes a worthwhile experience

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Verdi, Les vêpres siciliennes: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Carlo Rizzi (conductor). Theatre Cymru, Llandudno, 7.3.2020. (RJF)

WNO’s Les vêpres siciliennes (c) Johan Persson

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Rare, abbreviated, yet superbly staged performance of Handel’s Giulio Cesare from Opera North

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Handel, Giulio Cesare in Egitto: Orchestra members of Opera North / Christian Curnyn (conductor). The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays. 12.11.2019. (RJF)

Heather Lowe (Sesto), James Laing (Tolomeo) and Darren Jeffery (Achilla)
(c) Alastair Muir

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Renato Balsadonna conducts Opera North’s La bohème empathetically, but time this production was retired

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Puccini, La bohème: Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North / Renato Balsadonna (conductor). The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays. 12.11.2019. (RJF)

Eleazar Rodriguez (Rodolfo) & Lauren Fagan (Mimì) (c) Richard Hubert Smith

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Sizeable Llandudno audience rewarded with memorable performance of WNO’s Cunning Little Vixen

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Janáĉek, The Cunning Little Vixen (sung in Czech): Soloists, Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Tomáš Hanus (conductor). Theatre Cymru, Llandudno, 31.10.2019

Aiofe Miskelly (Vixen) & Lucia Cervoni (Fox) (c) Richard Hubert Smith

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Fine singing but Verdi’s seminal musical masterpiece deserves better than this WNO Rigoletto

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Verdi, Rigoletto: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Alexander Joel  (conductor). Theatre Cymru, Llandudno, 30.10.2019. (RJF)

Alastair Moore (Marullo) and Mark S. Doss (Rigoletto) (c) Richard Hubert Smith

Read moreFine singing but Verdi’s seminal musical masterpiece deserves better than this WNO Rigoletto

Tomáš Hanus’s conducting is a highlight of WNO’s new Carmen in Llandudno

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Bizet, Carmen: Soloists, Orchestra and Chorus of Welsh National Opera / Tomáš Hanus (conductor). Theatre Cymru, Llandudno, 29.10.2019. (RJF)

Benjamin Bevan, Harriet Eyley, Virginie Verrez, Joe Roche & Angela Simkin in Carmen
(c) Bill Cooper

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

United KingdomUnited Kingdom 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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