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Rosenblatt Recitals: Ben Johnson: I Heard you Singing (English Songs)

Rosenblatt Recitals: Ben Johnson: I Heard you Singing (English Songs)

"Classical Source" (Ben Johnson exhibits a pure tone and faultless intonation)

Steffani: Niobe, Regina di Tebe (Niobe, Queen Of Thebes) (The Royal Opera)

Steffani: Niobe, Regina di Tebe (Niobe, Queen Of Thebes) (The Royal Opera)

Véronique Gens (Niobe); Jacek Laszczkowski (Anfione); Delphine Galou (Nerea); Iestyn Davies (Creonte); Tim Mead (Clearte); Lothar Odinius (Tiberino); Amanda Forsythe (Manto); Bruno Taddia (Tiresia); Alastair Miles (Poliferno);

"It's sung with terrific verve by a top cast - French soprano Veronique Gens as Niobe and Polish male soprano Jacek Laszczkowski as her husband, Anfione, are outstanding. And the production is opulently costumed, full of flashes of humour and one unforgettable scene in which giant black balloons float around like ominous planets as we are transported to the heavens. But the gods are wayward and the bubble will soon burst." (The Daily Mail)

Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (The Royal Opera)

Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (The Royal Opera)

Anna Tomowa-Sintow (The Marschallin); Kurt Moll (Baron Ochs); Ann Murray (Octavian); Barbara Bonney (Sophie);

"Andrew Davis has firm control of the score, its textures iridescent, the momentum sustained with a grace and urgency exactly suited to the psychological turmoil afflicting the protagonists. Don’t miss the new cast at any cost." (Opera)