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Ekaterina Bakanova a touchingly fragile Violetta in Covent Garden Traviata

Verdi: La traviata *** The Royal Opera, 14th June 2017 Kasper Holten was right. The affable former Director of Opera always defended yet another run of Verdi’s La traviata at Covent Garden by arguing that for every regular operagoer jaded by seeing … Continue reading

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Mixed verdict: Jommelli’s Vologeso thrown to the lions

Jommelli: Il Vologeso *** Classical Opera/Page, Cadogan Hall, 28th April 2016 There is no doubt that Niccolò Jommelli’s opera Il Vologeso, set in 2nd-century Ephesus, has an action-packed plot. The trouble is, all this action is confined to recitative which – … Continue reading

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