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Performer: Edwin Crossley-Mercer

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MunichCosì fan tutte

Così fan tutte
Mozart: Così fan tutte
Antonello Manacorda; Dieter Dorn; Bavarian State Opera; Jürgen Rose; Christiane Karg; Angela Brower; Ioan Hotea

MunichTosca

© Wilfried Hösl
Puccini: Tosca
Asher Fisch; Luc Bondy; Bavarian State Opera; Richard Peduzzi; Milena Canonero; Anja Harteros; Stefano La Colla

LisbonDido and Aeneas

© Gulbenkian Música – Márcia Lessa
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas
Leonardo García Alarcón; Mariana Flores; Ana Quintans; Marianne Beate Kielland
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Les Indes galantes: with Alarcón, Rameau conquers the Bastille

Les Indes galantes at Opéra Bastille, with the dance company Rualité © Little Shao / Opéra national de Paris
The new production of Les Indes galantes at Opéra Bastille is exceptional, from the vocal cast to the choreography by Bintou Dembélé. But the stand-out performance of the evening comes from conductor Leonardo Garcia Alarcón.
*****
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A mostly solemn Good Friday in Belfast

Aoife Miskelly © Marshall Light Studio
Mozart’s early youthful 29th Symphony felt rather misplaced in this otherwise solemn concert from Rafael Payare, Ulster Orchestra and the Belfast Philharmonic Choir. 
****1
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Strongly cast Guillaume Tell hits its mark at Theater an der Wien

Christoph Pohl (Guillaume Tell) and Anita Rosati (Jemmy) © Moritz Schell
Osborn absolutely lives the part; he negotiated formidable heights, intricate passage work and the sheer volume of notes with style and clarity as well as colour and nuance. 
****1
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Reality and fantasy in Orlando Paladino in Munich

David Portillo (Pasquale) and Elena Sancho Pereg (Eurilla) © Wilfried Hösl
Axel Ranisch's production makes heavy use of film to tell a comic story of a medieval knight in love.
****1
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Lully's Alceste a great success in Versailles

Christophe Rousset © Eric Larrayadieu
Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques perform Alceste, the most recent effort in their almost complete set of Lully's operas. A strong cast and a remarkable chorus complete a successful performance.
****1
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