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Performer: Jon Morrell

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San FranciscoPartenope

Handel: Partenope
Christopher Moulds; Christopher Alden; San Francisco Opera; Andrew Lieberman; Jon Morrell; Louise Alder; Daniela Mack

LondonTombeaux / Monotones / Symphonic Dances

Walton, Satie, Rachmaninov
David Bintley; Sir Frederick Ashton; Liam Scarlett; The Royal Ballet; Alondra de la Parra; Jon Morrell; Keso Dekker; David Finn
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Russell Thomas shines in gloomy David Alden's Otello

Russell Thomas (Otello) © Scott Suchman
The combination of a strong, spirited cast and a first-rate orchestral performance led by Daniele Callegari rendered the opera a moving experience in spite of drab staging and latent, unexplored tensions.
***11
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A dark, unflinching Rigoletto from Scottish Opera

Lina Johnson (Gilda) © Julie Howden
More relevant than ever, the patriarchal nightmare of Verdi's Rigoletto is dark and unflinching in Scottish Opera's revival of their 2011 production, with some striking scenes and fine singing.
****1
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Partenope at ENO: pleasant enough

Sarah Tynan (Partenope) © Donald Cooper
Christopher Alden's account of Handel's love pentangle is long on Man Ray imagery and modern language wordplay, but never hits the vocal highs and eventually palls.
**111
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Kunde both amazes and disappoints in Teatro Real's Otello

George Petean (Iago) and Gregory Kunde (Otello) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
A lacklustre season opening at Teatro Real proves once again the elusive nature of Verdi's masterpiece.
***11
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A searing Jenůfa at ENO

Peter Hoare (Laca) and Laura Wilde (Jenůfa) © Donald Cooper
In Janáček's searing excoriation of small town social mores, superb orchestra, singing and acting make this revival of David Alden's Jenůfa into an unmissable evening of opera.
*****
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