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Performer: Richard Walshe

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Intrigue, disguise and the damnation of ageing

Dean Murphy (Figaro) and Sinead O'Kelly (Rosina) © Herwig Prammer
The renowned IOS is geared to young singers of fine merit and talent. It recently premiered a new production of Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia near Zurich.
***11
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Quirky staging, superb singing: Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre in Zurich

Jens Larsen (Astradamors) and Leigh Melrose (Nekrotzar) © Herwig Prammer
Ligeti's “anti-anti opera” opens in Zurich in a new production by Tatjana Gürbaca. 
****1
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Dove's Flight takes off superbly

Nicholas Mogg (Steward), Marvic Monreal (Older Woman) and Olivia Warburton (Stewardess) © Robert Workman
Dove's infectious score nods to Copland, Bernstein and Britten and its tongue-twisting ensembles and high-wire vocal writing were wonderfully performed. 
*****
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Riotous journey to the Underworld

Hannah Poulsom (Juno), Alexander Aldren (Mercury) and Dominic Bowe (Jupiter) © Robert Workman
“Folies Bergère does Greek gods” is how director Martin Duncan describes Offenbach's Orphée aux enfers, and his production for Royal Academy Opera is enormous fun. 
****1
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Star of the future: Haobin Wang entertains as Gianni Schicchi

Royal Academy Opera's thoroughly competent Suor Angelica precedes a fabulously entertaining Gianni Schicchi, with a top drawer performance from Haobin Wang in the title role.
****1
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