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Rusalka review – Natalya Romaniw is a rapturously magnificent water nymph
Romaniw unleashes an overwhelming torrent of sound and emotion in a spectacular production that imbues Dvořák’s fairytale with sinister magic

Tim Ashley

19, Jun, 2022 @11:19 AM

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Tamerlano review – Handel’s darkest opera at the Grange festival
Two superb countertenors enact the love-hate relationship between the emperor and his rival in Daniel Slater’s superbly acted and sung production

Tim Ashley

13, Jun, 2022 @9:07 AM

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Eugene Onegin review – much love and passion to admire in uneven new staging
The two superb male leads – Samuel Dale Johnson and Thomas Atkins – bring charisma and insights to Tchaikovsky’s opera although Julia Burbach’s production feels wayward at times

Tim Ashley

01, Jun, 2022 @11:51 AM

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The Wreckers review – Glyndebourne bring Smyth’s rarity to vivid and passionate life
Director Melly Still and conductor Robin Ticciati have done Ethel Smyth’s 1906 opera proud, with dynamic and intense performances from an excellent cast and chorus.

Tim Ashley

22, May, 2022 @12:40 PM

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Mavra/Pierrot Lunaire review – blancmanges, bin bags and drag as double bill probes gender
The Royal Opera’s unusual pairing of two modernist works boasts an outstanding lead in Alexandra Lowe as Pierrot Lunaire, and plenty of imaginative touches elsewhere

Tim Ashley

13, May, 2022 @11:40 AM

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Leipzig Gewandhaus/Nelsons review – exquisite and thrilling Strauss from a great orchestra
Andris Nelsons’ detailed approach to Strauss creates a stunning, opulent sound although at points the drama the music needed was lacking

Tim Ashley

10, May, 2022 @11:03 AM

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LPO/Gardner/Gerhardt review – tour de force playing in remarkable UK premiere
Brett Dean’s Cello Concerto was played with tremendous virtuosity by Alban Gerhardt, emphasising the music’s compelling nature

Tim Ashley

28, Apr, 2022 @11:16 AM

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NYOGB/Prieto review – ferocity, virtuosity and sheer joy
The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain’s engaging and wide-ranging programme moved from recent works by Gabriela Ortiz and Dinuk Wijeratne to a ferocious performance of The Rite of Spring

Tim Ashley

25, Apr, 2022 @8:52 AM

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Gabrieli Consort & Players/McCreesh review – superb and exhilarating Bach
This beautifully performed Easter programme of lesser-known works included some of Bach’s most beautiful and exalted music

Tim Ashley

20, Apr, 2022 @12:08 PM

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La Resurrezione review – wonderful singing takes Handel into the ecstatic
The London Handel Orchestra under Laurence Cummings gave a detailed and sensuous account of Handel’s oratorio, with Nardus Williams ravishing as Mary Magdalene

Tim Ashley

19, Apr, 2022 @11:59 AM

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The Paradis Files review – Graeae and Wallen breathe life into a woman of spirit and courage
The story of the blind composer, singer and business woman Maria Theresia von Paradis is told in this lively but uneven chamber opera by Errollyn Wallen

Tim Ashley

14, Apr, 2022 @1:46 PM

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Utopia, Limited review – a classy send-up of British values
Hackney Empire, London
Gilbert and Sullivan’s penultimate opera satirises privatisation, party politics and a press fixated on royal scandal

Tim Ashley

03, Apr, 2022 @10:00 AM

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