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Tosca – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Music: Giacomo Puccini Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa & Luigi Illica (with an English translation by Amanda Holden) Director/Designer: Richard Studer Conductor: Jonathan Lyness Reviewer: Leah Tozer  On its turn of the century debut, Puccini’s opera about death, desire and deception was termed a ‘shabby little shocker’ by the press, but there’s nothing shabby about Opera Project’s co-production with Tobacco Factory Theatres. ...

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Opera North’s Cavalleria rusticana and Trial by Jury – The Grand, Leeds

Cavalleria rusticana Music: Pietro Mascagni Libretto: Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci Director: Karolina Sofulak Trial by Jury Music: Arthur Sullivan Libretto: William Schwenck Gilbert Director: John Savournin Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Both Cavalleria rusticana and Trial by Jury are part of The Little Greats festival which Opera North is presenting this autumn.  The double bill of short operas makes up the evening’s lineup and both productions make their ...

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Fever Pitch: The Opera – Union Chapel, London

Music: Scott Stroman Libretto: Tamsin Collison Director: Bernie C Byrnes Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Sport has always been a fascinating subject for fiction writers inspired by exceptional tales of human endeavour and triumph against the odds. And most sports films or plays, are generally not really about sport at all, but about the personality and drive of the individual. Yet, even ...

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Opera North’s Pagliacci and L’enfant et les sortilèges – The Grand, Leeds

Pagliacci Music and Libretto: Ruggero Leoncavallo Director: Charles Edwards L’enfant et les sortilèges Music: Maurice Ravel Libretto: Colette Director: Annabel Arden Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Both operas are part of The Little Greats festival which is made up of six short operas presented by Opera North this autumn.  This gives an opportunity for those new to opera as well as seasoned ...

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The Pirates of Penzance – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Writers: Gilbert and Sullivan Director: Cav.Vivian Coates Musical Director: Andrew Nicklin Reviewer: Lu Greer Gilbert and Sullivan's Operas, known for bringing fun and accessibility to a medium which is so often considered distant to many, have produced many an iconic show but perhaps none more so than The Pirates of Penzance. Thanks to his hard of hearing nursemaid, instead of ...

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Tosca – Royal Hall, Harrogate

Composer: Giacomo Puccini Librettists: Luigi Illica, Giuseppe Giacoso Artistic Director: Konstantin Balakin Music Director: Valerii Voronin Reviewer: Ron Simpson Russian State Opera’s tour of the UK is a heroic affair, just over six weeks of two popular Puccini operas (Madama Butterfly the other), with six or seven performances a week, only one or two performances per theatre. The principal parts ...

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Alfred – Left Bank Opera Festival, Leeds

Composer: Thomas Arne Librettists: David Mallett, James Thomson Director: David Ward Conductor: Christopher Pelly Reviewer: Ron Simpson The first Left Bank Opera Festival consists of three opera performances on the theme of Great British Opera, plus a network of supporting free events, held in the splendidly spacious converted church in Burley which operates as Left Bank Leeds. The festival is ...

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Fun at the Festival – Arcola Theatre, London

Music: Arthur Sullivan, Gian-Carlo Menotti Libretti: F C Burnand, G.C Menotti, J Norland Director: Paula Chitty Reviewer: Deborah Parry When you think about opera, you probably picture a grand venue, a huge chorus and not really being able to follow the plot because the lyrics are in a language that you barely recall from your school days. It is unlikely ...

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