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The Life of Georg Frederic Handel
Emma Kirkby, James Bowman, Elizabeth Harwood, Simon Preston, Judith Howarth, Valerie Masterson, Anthony Rolf Johnson & Andrei Gavrilov
The English Chamber Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras
Joyce DiDonato (Sycorax), David Daniels (Prospero), Danielle de Niese (Ariel), Placido Domingo (Neptune), Luca Pisaroni (Caliban), Lisette Oropesa (Miranda), Layla Claire (Helena), Elizabeth DeShong (Hermia), Paul Appleby (Demetrius), Elliot Madore (Lysander)
Metropolitan Opera, William Christie
an all-you-can-eat operatic buffet...Daniels's hauteur, Oropesa's sweetness and Pisaroni's loneliness lend this frothy fantasy some fibre, while DiDonato's transformation from dreadlocked hag... — More…
Judith Nelson (soprano I), Emma Kirkby (soprano II), Carolyn Watkinson (contralto), Paul Elliott (tenor), David Thomas (bass)
Academy of Ancient Music, Westminster Cathedral Choir, Christopher Hogwood
…the lovely sound and supreme musicality of this performance… The authoritative David Thomas relishes every moment; Carolyn Watkinson brings tender dignity to 'He was despised'; Emma Kirkby... — More…
Sarah Connolly (Cesare), Danielle de Niese (Cleopatra), Angelika Kirchschlager (Sesto), Christophe Dumaux (Tolomeo), Patricia Bardon (Cornelia), Christopher Maltman (Achilla) & Rachid Ben Abdeslam (Nireno)
The Glyndebourne Chorus & Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, William Christie...
David McVicar's 2005 staging, revived the following summer, provoked a deal of contrasting views among the critical fraternity but was adored by the Glyndebourne public. Chief cause of their... — More…
Live from Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, June 2017
Joyce DiDonato (mezzo-soprano)
Il Pomo d'Oro, Maxim Emelyanychev
DiDonato sings with poise and elegance, a few pitchy notes above the stave notwithstanding; her sorrow and passion are clear to see and appreciate – it is an incredibly giving performance. Conductor... — More…
Natalie Dessay (Cleopatra), Lawrence Zazzo (Cesare), Varduhi Abrahamyan (Cornelia), Isabel Leonard (Sesto), Christophe Dumaux (Tolomeo), Nathan Berg (Achille), Dominique Visse (Nireno), Aimery Lefèvre (Curio)
Le Concert d`Astrée, Emmanuelle Haïm, Laurent Pelly
finely managed and skilfully delivered by a strong team of singing actors. None more so than Natalie Dessay's Cleopatra, maybe past her first flush of vocal youth but still looking glamorous... — More…
3 Full Length Programmes
Anna Caterina Antonacci (Rodelina), Andreas Scholl (Bertarido), Louise Winter (Eduige), Kurt Streit (Grimoaldo), Dawn Upshaw (Theodora), David Daniels (Didymus), Frode Olsen (Valens), Richard Croft (Septimius), Lorraine Hunt (Irene)
Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,...
Kenneth Tarver (Belshazzar), Rosemary Joshua (Nitocris), Bejun Mehta (Cyrus), Kristina Hammärström (Daniel), Neal Davies (Gobrias), Christina Sampson, Lucy Taylor, Andrew Radley, Richard Wilberforce, Vernon Kirk & Andrew Davies
RIAS Kammerchor & Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, René...
the dramatic essence of the story...comes over in a striking semi-expressionist fashion. There's a strong set of central performances. Though Tarver is encouraged to go over the top as Nel's... — More…
Max Emanuel Cencic (Arminio), Gaia Petrone (Ramise), Lauren Snouffer (Tusnelda), Aleksandra Kubas-Kruk (Sigismondo), Owen Willetts (Tullio), Pavel Kudinov (Segeste), Juan Sancho (Varo)
Armonia Atenea, George Petrou, Max Emanuel Cencic (dir.)
The production is essentially traditional but with an updated twist: as Germanic leader Arminio and his wife Tusnelda flee their following defeat they are betrayed, and the plot moves through... — More…
Sabine Devieilhe (Bellezza), Franco Fagioli (Piacere), Sara Mingardo (Disinganno), Michael Spyres (Tempo) with the participation of Christine Angot
Le Concert d’Astrée, Emmanuelle Haïm (conductor) & Krzysztof Warlikowski (stage director)