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Performer: Jeni Bern

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LeedsDas Rheingold

Michael Druiett (Wotan), Jo Pohlheim (Alberich) and Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Loge) © Clive Barda
Wagner: Das Rheingold
Richard Farnes; Peter Mumford; Opera North; Michael Druiett; Andrew Foster-Williams; Mark Le Brocq; Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke

LeedsSiegfried Act 2

Lars Cleveman (Siegfried) © Clive Barda
Wagner: Siegfried
Richard Farnes; Peter Mumford; Opera North; Béla Perencz; Lars Cleveman; Richard Roberts; Jo Pohlheim

LeedsGötterdämmerung Act 3

Mati Turi (Siegfried) © Clive Barda
Wagner: Götterdämmerung
Richard Farnes; Peter Mumford; Opera North; Mati Turi; Andrew Foster-Williams; Mats Almgren; Kelly Cae Hogan
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Scottish Opera’s steampunk Magic Flute returns

Julia Sitkovetsky (The Queen of the Night) © James Glossop

Sir Thomas Allen’s crowd-pleasing Magic Flute returns to Scottish Opera in a finely sung performance with Tobias Ringborg drawing period colours from the orchestra.

****1
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Anthropocene: a timely chiller from Scottish Opera

Jennifer France (Ice) © James Glossop

Climate change, challenged egos and a strange Ice woman tell a gruesome tale in Anthropocene, a finely sung new opera from Stuart MacRae, with libretto from Louise Welsh, set in the Arctic with a cinematic score.

***11
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A vivid Street Scene at the Teatro Real

Joel Prieto (Sam) and Mary Bevan (Rose) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Weill's neglected "American Opera" opens in Madrid with a refurbished production by John Fulljames and a strong cast led by Patricia Racette.
***11
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Grange Festival delivers an engaging Mansfield Park by Jonathan Dove

Shelley Jackson (Mary Crawford), Henry Neill (Edmund Bertram) and Martha Jones (Fanny Price) © Robert Workman
A newly-orchestrated version of Jonathan Dove’s chamber opera drew some impressive performances from Heritage Opera in this pared-down adaption of Jane Austen’s third novel.
****1
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A wonderful show: Welsh National Opera's Kiss me, Kate

Welsh National Opera's co-production of Kiss me, Kate is another good argument for opera companies to stage Broadway musicals.
****1
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Full immersion, total immolation

Mati Turi (Siegfried) © Clive Barda
Crowning this cycle came a truly magnificent performance of Götterdämmerung, centred very much on Richard Farnes and his orchestra.
*****
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