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Jacques Imbrailo (Billy Budd), Toby Spence (Vere), Brindley Sherratt (Claggart), Thomas Oliemans (Redburn), David Soar (Flint), Torben Jürgens (Ratcliffe), Clive Bayley (Dansker), Duncan Rock (Donald), Francisco Vas (Squeak), Sam Furness (Novice); Ivor Bolton, Deborah Warner
The strength of the production is its universality…The acting works so well in close-up that it is possible to follow this performance almost like a film…[Imbrailo’s] warm, unforced singing is... — More…
Susan Bullock (Queen Elizabeth I), Toby Spence (Earl of Essex), Patricia Bardon (Countess of Essex), Mark Stone (Lord Mountjoy), Kate Royal (Lady Rich), Jeremy Carpenter (Sir Robert Cecil), Clive Bayley (Sir Walter Raleigh) & Brindley Sherratt (Ballad Singer)
Royal Opera Chorus & Orchestra...
Bullock works assiduously to encompass all the moods of this singularly complex character study, but her vibrato sometimes acquires an edge. Other parts...are finely done, and Paul Daniel paces... — More…
John Graham-Hall (Gustav von Aschenbach), Andrew Shore (Traveller/Elderly Fop/Gondolier/Barber/ Hotel Manager Player/Dionysus), Tim Mead (Apollo), Sam Zaldivar (Tadzio), Laura Caldow (The Polish Mother), Mia Angelina Mather/Xhuliana Shehu (Her Two Daughters), Joyce Henderson (The Governess), Marcio...
Mari Samuelsen (violin), Daniil Trifonov (piano), Aida Garifullina (soprano), Toby Spence (tenor), Ludovic Tézier (baritone)
Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Long Yu
It’s no harm at all to hear these chestnuts of the repertoire with a lack of attention-grabbing Hollywood Bowl glitz and swagger…Carmina Burana: don’t be put off by its seeming laid-backness.... — More…
Joyce DiDonato (Dejanira), William Shimell (Hercules), Ingela Bohlin (Iole), Toby Spence (Hyllus), Malena Ernman (Lichas) & Simon Kirkbride (Priest of Jupiter)
Les Arts Florissants Chorus & Orchestra, William Christie (conductor) & Luc Bondy (stage director)