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Performer: Royal Opera Chorus

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Excellent cast crowns The Royal Opera's Ariodante in concert

Chen Reiss © ROH | Tristram Kenton
It’s the title character rather who gets the best tunes in Ariodante and Irish mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy ate them up. 
*****
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Pappano leads The Royal Opera's return to action

Aigul Akhmetshina © Royal Opera House
After a few streamed events with chamber forces, the full orchestra and chorus returned to the House – albeit not in their usual positions – for an entertaining fundraising gala.
****1
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Aleksandra Kurzak impresses in latest Covent Garden Traviata revival

Aleksandra Kurzak taking her curtain call © Mark Pullinger
In its 25th anniversary season, Richard Eyre's production continues to attract the world's great sopranos to the role of Violetta, the latest being Aleksandra Kurzak. 
****1
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Lise Davidsen leads a revolutionary Fidelio at Covent Garden

Lise Davidsen (Leonore) © ROH | Bill Cooper
An outstanding role debut from Davidsen, a star-studded vocal cast and a revelatory orchestral performance make a Beethoven anniversary performance to savour.
*****
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Garifullina's Musetta the highlight of Covent Garden's Bohème

Aida Garifullina (Musetta) © ROH | Tristram Kenton
This third revival of Richard Jones' production is thoroughly competent but struggles to rise above the routine.
***11
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“Libiam!” Raising a glass to 25 years of Covent Garden's Traviata

Hrachuhí Bassénz (Violetta) and cast © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
Violetta Valéry was Armenian soprano Hrachuhí Bassénz, who made a strong impression on the audience, certainly by the end.
****1
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