Tag Archives: Mark Elder

Beyond Egmont: a semi-revival for Donizetti’s Le Duc d’Albe

Donizetti: Le Duc d’Albe (Opera Rara) European wrangles in Brussels are nothing new. In Donizetti’s Le Duc d’Albe, Brussels is under Spanish rule, Count Egmont has just been beheaded and his daughter, Hélène, is inciting a Flemish revolt. The hot-headed … Continue reading

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Les Martyrs: Revelatory Donizetti on disc from Opera Rara

Donizetti: Les Martyrs  When Donizetti’s rarity Poliuto opened the 2015 Glyndebourne Festival a week ago, the music would already have been familiar to a number of audience members. Only last autumn, those operatic archaeologists Opera Rara had put on a … Continue reading

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On angel’s wings: heavenly Berlioz from Susan Graham

Berlioz/Tchaikovsky: LSO/Elder **** Barbican Hall, 5th February 2015 Just occasionally, a musical experience is so exquisite, so divine, that you selfishly cannot bear to contemplate it ending. It’s that sensation of being so utterly caught up in the music’s rapt … Continue reading

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Opera Rara: Donizetti’s Les Martyrs a revelation

Donizetti: Les Martyrs ***** Opera Rara, Royal Festival Hall, 4th November 2014 There is no shortage of rare Donizetti operas set in exotic locations – Emilia di Liverpool, Zoroaida di Granata, Harrison di Accrington (okay, artistic license exercised on that final one) – so … Continue reading

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The Tsar’s Bride: Royal Wedding fevers hits the Royal Opera

Rimsky-Korsakov: The Tsar’s Bride ***** The Royal Opera, 14th April 2011 Kate and Wills’ won’t be the only royal wedding concerning London this month, courtesy of the Royal Opera’s much belated first production of Rimsky-Korsakov’s 1899 historical epic The Tsar’s … Continue reading

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