Category Archives: Opera and concerts

Jenůfa

Jenůfa – Sinéard Mulhern Kostelnička – Lena Nordin Laca – Jesper Taube An opera sung in Czech with Swedish subtitles and relocated to the west coast of Ireland – thank heavens for Wikipedia! It was well done and ultimately moving … Continue reading

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Daphne

My first Richard Strauss opera, and I feel I need a little more time to get to know him before I can decide if I like him. The opera house is great – as perfect example of its era as … Continue reading

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La Cenerentola

At Opera North again for the last of their fairy-tale opera season. Another lovely, imaginative production – this time set in a run-down dance studio – with some tremendous singing. Rossini’s telling shuns the magical and scandalous elements, so the … Continue reading

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The Snow Maiden

A little-performed opera by Rimsky-Korsakov, by Opera North at the Grand Theatre, Leeds. The music was lovely, the quality generally high and the video projections worked well. But what do I know? I attended the pre-show talk and learned that … Continue reading

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Hansel and Gretel

Opera North at the Grand Theatre. It was musically enjoyable and I did like it, but the staging was occasionally jarring – and also occasionally innovative. The Ken Loach/Benefits Street approach was interesting and suited the themes of hunger and … Continue reading

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Bach’s Magnificat

At St Martin in the Fields with the Whitehall Choir and the Brandenburg Baroque soloists. They also performed Bach’s cantata Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis. I hadn’t listened to the complete Magnificat in over 35 years, so this was a treat. … Continue reading

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Paris II

I shunned the hotel free-for-all in favour of a lonely breakfast in the splendour of the Train Bleu. From there I could see dawn rising pinkly under the station canopies. Yesterday evening’s recital at the Bastille Opera was a pleasant … Continue reading

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