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An Evening with the Royal Opera

An Evening with the Royal Opera

Renée Fleming (Soprano); Joseph Calleja (Tenor); Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor); Sarah Connolly (Soprano); Simon Keenlyside (Tenor); Bryn Terfel (Bass);

Beethoven: Fidelio

Beethoven: Fidelio

Melanie Diener (Leonore); Roberto Saccà (Florestan); Sandra Trattnigg (Marzelline); Alfred Muff (Rocco); Lucio Gallo (Don Pizarro);

Bellini: I Puritani

Bellini: I Puritani

Mariola Cantarero (Elvira); John Osborn (Lord Arturo Talbo); Scott Hendricks (Sir Riccardo Forth); Riccardo Zanellato (Sir Giorgio);

"It is rare indeed to find a performance of a Bellini opera these days, and with its vertiginous lead roles Puritani is rarer than most. But it is such a treat!...Scott Hendricks’ baritone is honeyed and mellifluous. His aria and cabaletta in the opening scene are really beautiful, and he rises to the challenge of his duet with Arturo with thrilling skill." (Seen and Heard International)

Bellini: Norma

Bellini: Norma

Hasmik Papian (Norma); Hugh Smith (Pollione); Irini Tsirakidis (Adalgisa); Giorgio Giuseppini (Oroveso);

"Norma. Diva. Callas. Three keywords that are the core of Joosten’s staging. A diva in a Callas costume who, as Norma, loses her way in the labyrinths of the opera world and who can no longer distinguish between the drama on stage and reality. Joosten’s stage interpretation offers interesting contemplations on opera business and on the role and character of a star soprano in a typical Callas situation...The story starts as an opera in an opera, but gradually the boundaries between theatre and reality become more and more ambivalent… great class!" (Trouw)

BENJAMIN: WRITTEN ON SKIN (Royal Opera House)

BENJAMIN: WRITTEN ON SKIN (Royal Opera House)

Christopher Purves (Protector); Barbara Hannigan (Agnès); Bejun Mehta (First Angel/Boy); Victoria Simmonds (Second Angel/Marie); Allan Clayton (Third Angel/John);

"Le Monde" (Magic and irresistible ... It is the best opera written over the last twenty years.)

Berg: Lulu

Berg: Lulu

Agneta Eichenholz (Lulu); Michael Volle (Dr Schön / Jack the Ripper); Klaus Florian Vogt (Alwa); Jennifer Larmore (Countess Geschwitz);

"It is immaculately rehearsed and executed - one doesn't often see opera acted with such freedom and honesty and absence of flummery. And its unsparing analytic clarity forces one to confront the bitter truth about Lulu's inner life and the corruption and idiocy of the men who are infatuated by her...Antonio Pappano's electrifying conducting is razor-sharp in the manner of Pierre Boulez, and the orchestral playing is magnificent...Singing with an extraordinary grace and insouciance, Eichenholz manages to make this monster chillingly real and hauntingly beautiful." (The Daily Telegraph)