The Barber of Seville, English National Opera, February 2024February 14, 2024
In her aria una voce poco fa, which was delightfully sung, the soprano Rosina shows herself attracted to the voice of a secret admirer, who later reveals himself as Count Almaviva. This wonderful Rossini comic opera is based on a plot by Pierre Beaumarchais, following the Italian Commedia dell’arte tradition, and the ENO did it …
Elektra, Royal Opera, January 2023January 15, 2024
Richard Strauss’s Salome is one of the greatest dramatic operas ever written, and in his final season as the Royal Opera’s music director, Antonio Pappano has decided to conduct it. In previous productions he has used it as a means to attract big name conductors, but this time he has decided to take it on …
Cavalleria rusticana and I Pagliacci, Cav and Pag, Royal Opera, December 2023.December 1, 2023
Cav and Pag may be old warhorses, but when given gripping productions with excellent singers they are thoroughly compelling. Both these productions at the Royal Opera do the trick, and under the baton of Daniel Oren both operas packed a huge emotional punch. See my review in The Article.
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