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Performer: Claudia Boyle

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WexfordPetite messe solennelle

Rossini: Petite messe solennelle
Kenneth Montgomery; Claudia Boyle; Tara Erraught; Pietro Adaini; John Molloy
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Even crazier than the books: Gerald Barry's Alice

Clare Presland, Claudia Boyle, Hilary Summers © ROH | Clive Barda
Barry goes for out-weirding Carroll at a fast and furious pace. There's plenty of fun and it's beautifully staged – but is that enough?
**111
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Irish National Opera's futuristic Hoffmann

Claudia Boyle (Olympia) © Pat Redmond
Tom Creed's take on Offenbach's opéra fantastique works best in the Olympia act in this new production in Dublin. 
***11
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More croce than delizia in Kramer’s new Traviata

Claudia Boyle (Violetta) © Catherine Ashmore
Despite the entertainment value and striking imagery, Kramer's production is a surprisingly dull affair, with curiously little chemistry between the lead couple.
**111
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The Big Bang: a starry launch for Irish National Opera

Orla Boylan, Fergus Sheil, Anna Devin and the RTE National Symphony Orchestra © Ste Murray
The biggest stigma associated with opera in Ireland is not that it is an elitist art form, but that it is not “Irish”, and that it doesn’t belong to Irish culture, more of a recent import, like pasta, or avocado.
*****
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A sizzling myth of matricide

Evelyn Angela Gugolz (Klytaemnestra) and Georg Nigl (Orest) © Judith Schlosser
In the hands of director Hans Neuenfels, the Swiss première of Manfred Trojahn’s Orest was widely anticipated for its “splashes of gore and commensurate splatters of sound”.
*****
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Slow to ignite: Bizet’s Pearl Fishers at ENO

Penny Woolcock's shanty town production continues to improve with each outing. This time, ENO has found singers who can negotiate the vocal challenges more naturally. 
***11
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