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Performer: takis

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WexfordDon Quichotte

Massenet: Don Quichotte
Timothy Myers; Rodula Gaitanou; Wexford Festival Opera; takis; Goderdzi Janelidze; Aigul Akhmetshina

HelsinkiDon Giovanni

Mozart: Don Giovanni
Patrick Fournillier; Jussi Nikkilä; Finnish National Opera; takis; Erika Turunen; Tuomas Pursio; Markus Suihkonen
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Wolf-Ferrari entertains, Tchaikovsky bewitches at Holland Park

John Savournin (Sante), Clare Presland (Susanna) © Opera Holland Park | Ali Wright
Wolf-Ferrari's Il segreto di Susanna provides an airy bon-bouche to Tchaikovsky's Iolanta, brilliantly sung by Natalya Romaniw and David Butt Philip and conducted to fairy-tale perfection by Sian Edwards
***11
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By Jove! A terrific Semele at the Royal Academy of Music

Lina Dambrauskaite (Semele) © Robert Workman
Royal Academy Opera maintains its usual high standards in a production of Handel’s operatic oratorio, a showcase for the singers of the future.
****1
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Mascagni's Isabeau at Opera Holland Park

Anne Sophie Duprels (Isabeau) © Ali Wright
An embarrassingly trite libretto proves unsalvageable, even with a committed cast of singers.
*1111
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Disappointing Dialogues des Carmélites

Chloe Latchmore (Mère Marie), Bertie Watson, Georgia Mae Bishop (Madame de Croissy) © Clive Barda
The most moving scene in 20th-century opera went for nothing
**111
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A swallow among the peacocks

Elizabeth Llewellyn (Magda) and Matteo Lippi (Ruggero) © Robert Workman
A tight production from Martin Lloyd-Evans together with a strong cast and loving treatment from conductor Matthew Kofi Waldren made a strong case for more regular performances of this neglected gem.
****1
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