Category Archives: Opera and concerts

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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Don Giovanni

A touring production by Heritage Opera, dir Sarah Helsby Hughes (who also played Donna Elvira). It was better than I expected, although no one singer or section stood out. The orchestral pit was occupied by six musicians playing at least … Continue reading

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Die Enführung aus dem Serail

König Albert Theater, Bad Elster. Performance by the Landesbühnen Sachsen with the Elbland Philarmonie Sachsen. Singspiel. One night only in Bad Elster by this touring company, and I was lucky enough to catch it. I did enjoy it, particularly the … Continue reading

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