Kurt Streit is singing Bazajet in all performances of Handel’s Tamerlano at the Royal Opera House, London. Placido Domingo, who was to have sung five of the seven performances, pulled out suddenly due to illness.
Concert opera has a long and glorious tradition in Montpellier. Each year the Orchestra National de Montpellier regales us with one or two during the Festival de Radio France et Montpellier (July).
Gluck’s Armide, as semi-staged (costumed dancers but no
scenery) at the Rose Theater by the Washington-based Opera Lafayette, was
exactly what Gluck designed the piece to be: a supremely elegant entertainment.
Composer Gabriela Ortiz studied composition in Mexico City with Mario
Lavista at the National Conservatory of Music, at the Guildhall School with
Robert Saxton, and at the University of London with Simon Emmerson.
Michael Hampe seems to have been the director of choice in the 1980s for tastefully traditional Rossini productions.