Tag Archives: Michael Spyres

From Auber to Halévy: El-Khoury and Spyres celebrate a pair of French stars in style

Opera Rara: Joyce El-Khoury & Michael Spyres **** Cadogan Hall, 14th July 2017 Opera Rara celebrated Bastille Day with a tribute to two great French singers, Julie Dorus-Gras and Gilbert Duprez. Dorus-Gras was a leading soprano in Paris in the … Continue reading

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“Gloire à DiDonato”: Les Troyens takes Strasbourg by storm

Berlioz: Les Troyens ***** Salle Erasmé, Strasbourg, 17th April 2017 Performances of Berlioz’s epic opera in two parts, Les Troyens, are rare events. Substantially shorter than Wagner’s Ring, it is nonetheless staged far less frequently. Although there was no production … Continue reading

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A tale of two tenors as Méhul is celebrated by the OAE

Méhul et al: OAE/Cohen **** St John’s Smith Square, 10th February 2017 Étienne-Nicolas Méhul’s music isn’t familiar to most concert-goers. The only work which I know is his First Symphony, the finale of which contains a motif so similar to … Continue reading

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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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