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23 August 2017

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La Damnation de Faust

The BBC Proms


No. of reviews: 5

A thoroughly compelling performance of Berlioz’s ‘dramatic legend’
16 Aug 17 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Overall this performance felt as polished as it was entertaining from start to finish
11 Aug 17 / Music OMH
Brimming with detail and colour
11 Aug 17 / Independent
A triumphant Prom performance of La Damnation de Faust
10 Aug 17 / Seen and Heard
An intoxicating La Damnation de Faust from Gardiner and the ORR
10 Aug 17 / Bachtrack
Oklahoma

The BBC Proms


No. of reviews: 6

Energy, joy, and overwhelming affection
15 Aug 17 / Independent
‘Oh, what a beautiful Prom!’ John Wilson takes the Promenaders to Oklahoma!
14 Aug 17 / Seen and Heard
Oh what a beautiful musical!
14 Aug 17 / Classical Source
It would be easy to write numerous superlatives and stop there
14 Aug 17 / Classical Source
A sharp, crisp Oklahoma! at the Proms
14 Aug 17 / Bachtrack
The out-and-out star of the show, though, was the John Wilson Orchestra itself
13 Aug 17 / Music OMH
Khovanshchina

The BBC Proms


No. of reviews: 8

A glowing panorama of history
9 Aug 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
Superb singing from principals and soloists
9 Aug 17 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
A memorable Prom as Semyon Bychkov conducts a wonderfully sung Khovanshchina
9 Aug 17 / Seen and Heard
Bychkov's Mussorgsky is magisterial, measured and relentless
8 Aug 17 / The Guardian
Whoever said Mussorgsky’s characters lacked humanity?
8 Aug 17 / Independent
Bychkov was unfailingly persuasive in characterising the cast through orchestral colour and timbre
8 Aug 17 / Classical Source
On this occasion Semyon Bychkov was on blazing form
8 Aug 17 / Opera Today
Twilight of the Old Believers as Semyon Bychkov leads a majestic Khovanshchina
7 Aug 17 / Bachtrack
Fidelio

The BBC Proms


No. of reviews: 6

The BBC Philharmonic lacks energy
30 Jul 17 / Express
Fidelio lives by its Florestan
24 Jul 17 / Opera Today
Stuart Skelton’s outstanding Florestan is the highlight of Fidelio at the BBC Proms
24 Jul 17 / Seen and Heard
Refined beauty in Beethoven's Fidelio
24 Jul 17 / Bachtrack
Stuart Skelton lived up to expectations
23 Jul 17 / Classical Source
Skelton’s Florestan is not for those who must have a can belto tenor in this role
23 Jul 17 / Music OMH
Semiramide

The BBC Proms


No. of reviews: 8

Semiramide post Sutherland
16 Sep 16 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
A wonderful Semiramide
9 Sep 16 / Opera Today
Opera Rara’s revelatory Semiramide at the Proms
8 Sep 16 / Seen and Heard
Albina Shagimuratova gives extraordinary vocal depth and brilliance to the title role
7 Sep 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
A barnstorming evening of bel canto
6 Sep 16 / The Arts Desk
Albina Shagimuratova demonstrated that for sheer technique she has few rivals in this repertoire
6 Sep 16 / Classical Source
Every second was thrilling
6 Sep 16 / The Guardian
A feast of Rossini as Albina Shagimuratova dazzles in Semiramide
5 Sep 16 / Bachtrack
Vec Makropulos

The BBC Proms


No. of reviews: 9

Janacek's The Makropulos Affair offers a virtuoso part in its mysterious heroine Emilia Marty
28 Aug 16 / Express
Karita Mattila's affinity with the role shone in every bar
26 Aug 16 / Music OMH
Karita Mattila triumphed again
23 Aug 16 / Independent
Karita Mattila, in incandescent company, is Janáček's long-lived diva to the life
22 Aug 16 / The Arts Desk
Karita Mattila was born to sing Emilia Marty
22 Aug 16 / Opera Today
Karita Mattila's diva glows with breathtaking opulence
22 Aug 16 / The Guardian
Mattila's Elina Makropulos a star turn in a drab surrounding
22 Aug 16 / Bachtrack
Karita Mattila’s compelling presence in The Makropulos Affair
22 Aug 16 / Seen and Heard
Mattila was, by turns, imperious, mysterious and sinister
21 Aug 16 / Classical Source
Duke Bluebeard's Castle

The BBC Proms


No. of reviews: 4

RPO under Dutoit play Dvořák and Bartók superbly
6 Aug 16 / Seen and Heard
A performance which was by turns dark, creepy, radiant and magnificent
5 Aug 16 / Classical Source
The dark, soulful realms of Bluebeard and Dvořák
5 Aug 16 / Opera Today
Behind closed doors: Poetic drama from Dutoit in Bluebeard's Castle
5 Aug 16 / Bachtrack
Roméo et Juliette

The BBC Proms


No. of reviews: 2

A wonderfully clear account of this remarkable symphony
3 Aug 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
A Shakespearean tale à la française
1 Aug 16 / Opera Today
Il barbiere di Siviglia

The BBC Proms


No. of reviews: 7

Rossini would have loved the anarchic vigour of Glyndebourne’s The Barber Of Seville at its one night Proms appearance
1 Aug 16 / Express
A Barber with bite as Glyndebourne goes to The Proms
28 Jul 16 / Bachtrack
Glyndebourne’s magnificent, entertaining Rossini at the Proms
28 Jul 16 / Seen and Heard
Barber with bite as Glyndebourne goes to The Proms
27 Jul 16 / Bachtrack
Glyndebourne Festival Opera’s annual visit to the BBC Proms is always an object lesson in semi-staging
27 Jul 16 / Music OMH
Surprisingly, this was the first complete Proms performance of Rossini’s indestructible version of Beaumarchais’s comedy
26 Jul 16 / Classical Source
All concerned brought off the conception superbly
26 Jul 16 / Opera Today
Boris Godunov

The BBC Proms


No. of reviews: 6

A memorable evening, with inspired performances by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House under Antonio Pappano
24 Jul 16 / Express
Bryn Terfel is making a habit of performing Russian patriarchs at the Proms
19 Jul 16 / Opera Today
Bryn Terfel made Boris’ drama a very human one of vaulting ambition brought crashing down around him
19 Jul 16 / Music OMH
Royal Opera's spine-tingling Boris Godunov transfers to the Proms
19 Jul 16 / Bachtrack
A splendid Boris Godunov at the Proms
19 Jul 16 / Seen and Heard
Even in concert performance it was gripping throughout
17 Jul 16 / Classical Source
Orango

The BBC Proms


No. of reviews: 6

The Royal Albert Hall was decked out as if for a Soviet rally during the performance of Orango
30 Aug 15 / Express
Shostakovich’s Orango keeps the Red Flag flying over South Kensington
26 Aug 15 / Bachtrack
Shostakovich’s Orango scores a huge hit at the Proms
26 Aug 15 / Seen and Heard
Waving the flag for Shostakovich's apeman
26 Aug 15 / The Guardian
A satire to end all satires
26 Aug 15 / Classical Source
The composer’s unfinished opera was a head-splitting experience
26 Aug 15 / Financial Times (via Google)
Die Entführung aus dem Serail

The BBC Proms


No. of reviews: 7

As Konstanze, soprano Sally Matthews was in glorious voice
23 Aug 15 / Express
Glyndebourne very cleverly recreated their super production on the Albert Hall stage
19 Aug 15 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Musically, the evening worked very well in the larger setting
18 Aug 15 / Music OMH
Sally Matthews sang Konstanze with considerable technical address and some unexpectedly needle-sharp coloratura
17 Aug 15 / Opera Britannia
Turkish delight: Glyndebourne's Die Entführung aus dem Serail
17 Aug 15 / Bachtrack
Too beautiful for our ears … and too many notes?
17 Aug 15 / Seen and Heard
Glyndebourne at the Proms
16 Aug 15 / Classical Source
L'Orfeo

The BBC Proms


No. of reviews: 11

A rewarding evening - wonderful
12 Aug 15 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Monteverdi's Orfeo forever fresh in Gardiner's hands
7 Aug 15 / Bachtrack
All of the soloists were perfectly cast
7 Aug 15 / Music OMH
A collaborative, ensemble piece on all levels
7 Aug 15 / Opera Britannia
Mantua translated to South Kensington: A memorable Orfeo at the Proms
7 Aug 15 / Seen and Heard
Opulence and animation in abundance
6 Aug 15 / Classical Source
Achingly moving but hampered by clumsy staging
6 Aug 15 / The Guardian
A capacity audience was clearly enthralled
6 Aug 15 / Telegraph
The power of music: a young cast in a semi-stage account of Monteverdi’s first opera
6 Aug 15 / Opera Today
Monteverdi's Orfeo offers moments of magic
6 Aug 15 / Independent
Monteverdi’s masterpiece was performed with a sense of wonder
6 Aug 15 / Financial Times (via Google)
Fiddler on the Roof

The BBC Proms


No. of reviews: 5

The BBC Concert Orchestra under conductor David Charles Abell brings zest to the familiar songs
3 Aug 15 / Express
Grange Park Opera triumph at the Proms with Fiddler on the Roof
30 Jul 15 / Seen and Heard
A charismatic musical theatre prom with Bryn Terfel and the Fiddler on the Roof
28 Jul 15 / Bachtrack
Terfel received a rapturous reception at the curtain call
28 Jul 15 / Opera Today
Grange Park’s blend of comedy and poignancy brought the audience to its feet
27 Jul 15 / Classical Source
Elektra

The BBC Proms


No. of reviews: 13

Both the Proms performances of Elektra and Salome get full marks
11 Sep 14 / The Spectator
Les Atrides ont de beaux jours devant eux
4 Sep 14 / Forum Opéra
In the end it was Christine Goerke’s compelling madness that swept all before it
3 Sep 14 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
A highlight of the season
3 Sep 14 / The Guardian
Semyon Bychkov presides over a magnificent 'Elektra'
3 Sep 14 / Independent
Supreme Straussians Christine Goerke and Semyon Bychkov bring the composer's fieriest opera to the BBC Proms
2 Sep 14 / What's on Stage
There will be blood! Christine Goerke's Elektra stuns at the BBC Proms
2 Sep 14 / Bachtrack
The Proms celebrated Strauss’s 150th anniversary with a hair-raising duo of operas
2 Sep 14 / Financial Times (via Google)
Enthralling
2 Sep 14 / Telegraph
Christine Goerke’s Elektra announced herself in deeper voice than one often hears
2 Sep 14 / Boulezian
The evening was gripping from the first question to the final despairing cry
2 Sep 14 / Music OMH
Second Strauss horror-opera of the Proms weekend fails to hit home
2 Sep 14 / The Arts Desk
What can one say, but elektrafying!
1 Sep 14 / Classical Source
Salome

The BBC Proms


No. of reviews: 11

Both the Proms performances of Elektra and Salome get full marks
11 Sep 14 / The Spectator
Une princesse couronnée en Angleterre
5 Sep 14 / Forum Opéra
Donald Runnicles produced effortless power from his superbly controlled orchestra
3 Sep 14 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Nina Stemme is an engaging and sympathetic Salome
2 Sep 14 / Classical-music.com
The Proms celebrated Strauss’s 150th anniversary with a hair-raising duo of operas
2 Sep 14 / Financial Times (via Google)
A sensational Salome from Nina Stemme
1 Sep 14 / Bachtrack
Nina Stemme gives a career-defining performance as Strauss' wayward Princess
1 Sep 14 / What's on Stage
Lithe, youthful and intensely dramatic performance of the title role
1 Sep 14 / Planet Hugill
Nina Stemme gave as powerful and uplifting a portrayal as one could hope to hear
1 Sep 14 / Classical Source
A supremely confident interpretation of Richard Strauss's decadent masterpiece
1 Sep 14 / Telegraph
Nina Stemme stuns in a giddying account of Strauss's incredible score
31 Aug 14 / The Arts Desk
Salomé's feminine wiles
Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years.
Der Rosenkavalier

The BBC Proms


No. of reviews: 7

Glyndebourne was absolutely right to choose Tara Erraught for Octavian
30 Jul 14 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Magnificent performances in Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier as part of the Proms
27 Jul 14 / Express
The Albert Hall may not be ideal for opera but Glyndebourne's latest visit fizzed with energy
24 Jul 14 / The Arts Desk
Broad comedy eclipses the emotional heart of Glyndebourne’s Prom Rosenkavalier
24 Jul 14 / Bachtrack
Tara Erraught looks convincing and sounds terrific in this semi-staged version
24 Jul 14 / Evening Standard
Glyndebourne's five-star triumph is repeated at the BBC Proms
24 Jul 14 / What's on Stage
Musically this was a terrific performance
24 Jul 14 / Classical Source
Billy Budd

The BBC Proms


No. of reviews: 5

The silence at the end bore testament to the musical and dramatic force
1 Sep 13 / The Observer
Another strong year for opera at the BBC Proms
30 Aug 13 / What's on Stage
A performance of guts and energy rather than high polish
30 Aug 13 / Telegraph
Cast, orchestra and conductor come fresh and on-song from Glyndebourne
29 Aug 13 / Evening Standard
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