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(US) Opera Today Review: "Mozart’s Ghost finds its Way through Das Labyrinth" (Rebecca Schmid, 6 Oct 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Oct 07, 2012

(From a recent Opera Today newsletter item)

“W.A. Mozart, despite a historically antagonistic relationship with his city of birth, retains an omnipresence in Salzburg that emerges in full force with each iteration of the illustrious summer festival…


(UK) Opera Today Review: "Bach Mass in B minor, BBC Prom 26" (Robert Hugill, reviewer) (3 Aug 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Aug 21, 2012

Location: Royal Albert Hall, London
Performers: Joélle Harvey: soprano, Carolyn Sampson : soprano, Iestyn Davies : counter-tenor, Ed Lyon : tenor, Matthew Rose : bass, Choir of the English Concert, The English Concert, Harry Bicket : conductor

“Bach probably never intended the full Mass in B Minor to be performed, so it is tricky to talk about what forces he meant it to be performed by. ... But performing the work in the Royal Albert Hall is entirely different again, a space far bigger than Bach could ever have conceived of being used for his work. …”


(UK) Local Secrets Guide Review: "Trio Mediaeval Trio meets Trinity in an ethereal Smorgasbord" by By Jane Bower (3 jun 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jun 27, 2012

“Three women’s voices and a trumpet in Trinity College Chapel - my mind had already decided what sound we were in for. But this was Trio Mediaeval and Arve Henriksen - a very different kettle of Gravadlax.

Part of the heart-lifting Festival of the Voice series run by Cambridge Early Music, this was a banquet of Scandinavian fare featuring, like any good spread, the unexpected as well as the traditional. Trio Mediaeval - Sweden's Anna Maria Friman, and Norway's Linn Andrea Fuglseth and Berit Opheim Versto
    


(US) Opera Today Review: "The Magic Flute in San Francisco" by Michael Milenski (15 jun 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jun 25, 2012

“A feast for the eyes, a feast for the ears, a Flute from America’s heartland that goes directly to your heart.

Maybe it’s those three boy sopranos who impeccably deliver the words and tones of Mozart’s three spirits and in their innocence make the hopes of mankind so real. …


(UK) Opera Today Review by Robert Hugill (4 jun 2012): "Handel and the Rival Queens: Lufthansa Baroque Festival"

Contributed by Admin on Jun 14, 2012
“A fascinating evening of arias and readings on the theme of Handel’s “rival queens”, Francesca Cuzzoni and Faustina Bordoni. …
  

(UK) Le Concert Des Nations, Lufthansa Festival, (Review by Ivan Hewett -- 21 may 2012)

Contributed by Admin on May 25, 2012

“Ivan Hewett finds there’s a humanity in the group Concord of Nations's music-making at the Lufthansa Festival and a rich vein of fantasy. …”


(FR) Qobuz.com Review by Pierre-Carl Langlais: "Andrieu Concludes His "Trilogie Jean Gilles" at Saint-Étienne" (17 may 2012)

Contributed by Admin on May 20, 2012

“May 2nd,  Jean-Marc Andrieu led the baroque orchestra “Les Passons” and the chambre choir “Les Éléments” at the Church Saint-Étienne of Toulouse. The group interpreted the “Te Deum” and the “Mass in D” by composer Jean Gilles. …” (translation -- Editor)
    


(CA) Opera Today: Opera Atelier Review by Leslie Barcza "Armide - Jean-Baptiste Lully" (19 apr 2012)

Contributed by Admin on May 03, 2012
“I have to rethink my week, because somehow I have to get to see Opera Atelier’s production of Jean-Baptiste Lully’s Armide again. …
    

(UK) Opera Today Performances Review: "Le nozze di Figaro, Royal Opera" by Mark Berry

Contributed by Admin on Mar 02, 2012
“David McVicar’s production of The Marriage of Figaro, previously staged in 2006 (twice), 2008, and 2010, now returns as part of the Royal Opera House’s ‘Da Ponte cycle’. I cannot help wishing that funds had stretched to commissioning three new productions, preferably from the same director, with a sense of how the works might actually cohere as a ‘cycle’.  …
                    

(US) Opera Today Review: "Dido and Aeneas, Manitoba" (Canada) by Gwenda Nemerofsky (10 feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 24, 2012
“Winnipeg music lovers were willingly transported back several centuries as Daniel Taylor and Montreal-based Theatre of Early Music graced Westminster United Church with a program of infrequently heard music.
         

(US) Opera Lafayette: Reviews of Le Roi et le fermier

Contributed by Admin on Feb 05, 2012
Opera Lafayette are off to Marseilles to play. In the meantime, the reviews are in from the performance of Monsigny's “Le Roi et le fermier” at the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center. The interesting part of their move to the venue in Marseilles is their use of the original backdrops from Marie Antoinette’s 1780 staging for its performances in Versailles.