Saturday, 31 December 2016

Review of the year - 2016 in opera and concert reviews

Disciples in Streetwise Opera and The Sixteen's The Passion. Photo by Graeme Cooper
Disciples in Streetwise Opera and The Sixteen's The Passion Photo by Graeme Cooper
2016 is a year which has seen the first UK stagings of Enescu's Oedipe and Hartmann's Simplicius SimplicissimusRenée Fleming returning to the role of the Marschallin in London for possibly the last time, Sonya Yoncheva sing her first Norma (the first of many we hope), along with a rare outing for Rossini's Semiramide (performed nearly uncut), as well as the first performance of a new opera from the impressive partnership of Stuart MacRae & Louise Walsh


Renée Fleming, Sophie Bevan - Act 3, Der Rosenkavalier  © ROH. Photograph by Catherine Ashmore
Renée Fleming, Sophie Bevan - Act 3, Der Rosenkavalier
© ROH. Photograph by Catherine Ashmore
Here is a selection of the opera and concerts from the year, the ones which have stayed in the memory, including Penny Woolcock's remarkable reworking of Bach's St Matthew Passion with Streetwise Opera and the Sixteen.


People


Paul Nilon, Simeon John-Wake - Handel Tamerlano - Buxton Festival - photo Robert Workman
Paul Nilon, Simeon John-Wake - Handel Tamerlano - Buxton Festival
photo Robert Workman
Opera


Concerts

Kimiko Ishizaka Photo credit: Intuitive Fotografie - Philippe Ramakers
Kimiko Ishizaka Photo credit: Intuitive Fotografie - Philippe Ramakers

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