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Performer: Emily Edmonds

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PhiladelphiaDenis and KatyaWorld première

Denis and Katya
Venables: Denis and Katya
Ted Huffman; Opera Philadelphia; Siena Licht Miller; Johnny Herford; Theo Hoffman; Emily Edmonds
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Two great debuts, not enough drama: Katya Kabanova at ROH

Amanda Majeski (Katya) © ROH | Clive Barda
Amanda Majeski is magnificent in the title role; Ed Gardner shows total master of Janáček's music. But that's not enough to rescue a poorly thought out Richard Jones production.
***11
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Hasse's Artaserse receives its Australian première

Vivica Genaux (Mandane) and David Hansen (Arbace) © Brett Boardman
Perhaps Pinchgut Opera's finest production to date, a brave presentation of a classic Baroque opera, little heard in Australia apart from Handel, benefits from the star presence of Vivca Genaux in splendid form.
*****
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Broken wings: Ermonela Jaho a devastating Butterfly

Ermonela Jaho (Cio-Cio San) © ROH | Bill Cooper
Ermonela Jaho sure likes to put herself (and us) through the emotional wringer on Covent Garden's stage. This time, London finally got to see her as another tragic Puccini heroine: Madama Butterfly.
****1
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Les Enfants Terribles

Zenaida Yanowsky © Bill Cooper | ROH 2017
An incredible musical performance - by pianists and singers - that is not well enough matched by the visual experience of cluttered creativity in which excellent dancers are often anonymous 
**111
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Kent's Manon Lescaut at Covent Garden

Aleksandrs Antonenko (Chevalier des Grieux) and Sondra Radvanovsky (Manon Lescaut) © ROH | Bill Cooper
Kent's staging brings out the sleaze in Puccini's first big hit; Sondra Radvanovsky thrills in the title role; the musical performance improves through the evening.
***11
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