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Opera in the City Festival Double Bill – Bridewell Theatre, London

Composer: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Zanetto Composer: Pietro Mascagni Musical Director: Andrew Charity Stage Director: Pamela Schermann Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty In a strong start to their six-show Opera in the City festival, Time Zone Theatre has mounted the quirky but profound Mozart & Salieri from Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and a story of frustrated love in Pietro Mascagni’s Zanetto. In the first, we see ...

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A Night at the Opera – Millennium Square, Leeds

Orchestra: Orchestra of Opera North Conductors: Jessica Cottis/James Holmes Soloists: Jeni Bern (soprano)/Quirijn de Lang (baritone) Reviewer: Ron Simpson A Night at the Opera, the second event of the three-night Opera North in the City Festival, showed once again the canniness of the company’s programming. The evening was not perfect: the orchestral sound conjured up for the outdoor performance was ...

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The Mikado – The Lowry, Salford

Three Men Laughing

Music: Arthur Sullivan Lyrics: W S Gilbert Director: Sasha Regan   Reviewer: Jo Beggs From the moment the piano strikes up for the brief overture and the curtain opens to reveal three white canvas tents, it’s clear that this is not your traditional Mikado. Creating a whole new setting for this popular, but rather dated Gilbert and Sullivan operetta not ...

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Madam Butterfly – Birmingham Hippodrome

Composer: Giacomo Puccini Director: Joachim Herz Reviewer: John Kennedy A Marxist/Leninist rationale might have Madam Butterfly’s libretto seen as a retro-appropriated allegory of US colonial cultural and patriarchal exploitation. But then, opera never did really catch on in the Gulags. Meanwhile,  feminist critiques might suggest cynical, gender-bias hegemony. Ergo: in a Man’s world - things never change - tutti gli uomini ...

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The Mikado – Exeter Northcott Theatre

Three Men Laughing

Writers and composers : Gilbert and Sullivan Director: Sasha Regan Reviewer: Marina Spark All male casts are often used to bring a fresh approach to classics and generally find success at least owing in part to the novelty of a drag act. Sasha Regan's all-male The Mikado or The Town Of Titipu exceeds these normal successes and delivers Gilbert and ...

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Tosca – Theatre Royal, Norwich

English Touring Opera's Tosca

Composer: Giacomo Puccini Director: Blanche McIntyre Conductor: Michael Rosewell Reviewer: Lu Greer Tosca, structured as a through-composed work to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Guiseppe Giacosa, tells a story of tragic love in 1800 Italy. With a historical grounding in the French Revolutionary Wars, the opera follows the story or an escaped political prisoner and the fates of ...

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Patience – Exeter Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Company Members on stage in front of a woodland backdrop

Writers and composers : Gilbert and Sullivan Director: Liam Steel Reviewer: Marina Spark Exeter Northcott Theatre is home to English Touring Opera's first production of a Gilbert and Sullivan Opera this week and Exeter is in for a treat. The ever popular and timeless satire of light opera's most famous duo shrines brightly in this production, which is one of ...

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English Touring Opera: Tosca – The Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Music: Giacomo Puccini Text: Luigi Illica & Guiseppe Giacosta Director: Blanche McIntyre Reviewer: Charlotte Robson Puccini's Tosca is one of the few texts whose imagery and symbolism transcend the relatively insular medium of opera. A tale of love, death, jealousy and regret set against the backdrop of Napoleon's conquest of Europe, the surprisingly simple story is defined by the power ...

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