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James Morris (Hans Sachs), Ben Heppner (Walther von Stolzing), Karita Mattila (Eva), Thomas Allen (Beckmesser), Jill Grove (Magdalena), Matthew Polenzani (David), René Pape (Pogner), John Relyea (Nachtwächter)
Metropolitan Opera & Chorus, James Levine
Thank goodness for no quirky ideas...The singers are all outstanding, led by James Morris's warmly genial Sachs...and by Ben Heppner, who is an equally convincing Walther...Mattila not only looks... — More…
Thomas Allen (Don Giovanni), Carolyn James (Donna Anna), Carol Vaness (Donna Elvira), Ferrucio Furlanetto (Leporello), Andrea Rost (Zerlina) & Matthias Hölle (Comtur)
Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, James Conlon (conductor) & Michael Hampe (stage director)
This Michael Hampe production is a traditional staging, the costumes likewise...Furlanetto is outstanding in vocal and acted characterization with consummate beauty of tone in his native language...the... — More…
Soile Isokoski (Ariadne), Laura Claycomb (Zerbinetta), Sergey Skorokhodov (Bacchus), Thomas Allen (Music Master), Kate Lindsey (Composer)
London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski, Katharina Thoma
Ariadne and Bacchus have rarely been so 'absolutely human'. Soile Isokoski's suicidal patient rings truer than any heroine I've ever seen - and perhaps this is the role's most luminously sung... — More…
Glyndebourne Chorus, London Philharmonic Orchestra, John Pritchard, Bernard Haitink, Gustav Kuhn
Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro captures Peter Hall’s delightful and wonderfully vivid production. Cast from strength, it is presided over with great sympathy by conductor John Pritchard — More…
Thomas Allen (The Forester), Eva Jenis (The Vixen), Hannah Minutillo (The Fox), Libuše Márová (The Forester’s Wife/The Owl) & Ivan Kusnjer (Harašta, the Poacher)
Orchestre de Paris & Choeur du Chatelet, Charles Mackerras (conductor) & Nicholas Hytner (stage director)
Pamela Armstrong (Rosalinde), Thomas Allen (Eisenstein), Lyubov Petrova (Adele), Pär Linskog (Alfred), Malena Ernman (Orlofsky), Håkan Hagegård (Falke), Ragnar Ulfung (Blind), Artur Korn (Frank), Udo Samel (Frosch), Renée Schüttengruber (Ida)
London Philharmonic Orchestra, Glyndebourne Chorus,...
The Queen's Concerts, Buckingham Palace 2002
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano), Julian Bliss (clarinet), Ashley Wass (piano), Roberto Bolle (Prince Siegfried), Zenaida Yanowsky (Odile), Sir Thomas Allen (baritone), Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)
BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Adventist Chorale, Band of Her Majesty s Royal...