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Tosca – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Director: Michael Blakemore Revival Director: Benjamin Davis Conductor: Carlo Rizzi Reviewer: Emily Pearce As one of the genre’s most empathetic composers, Puccini’s Tosca has everything one might want and from high opera and melodrama. An opera about an opera singer trying to defend her politically doomed lover as the state rebels; Tosca is a story steeped in betrayal, murder and ...

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The Merchant of Venice – Bristol Hippodrome

Composer: André Tchaikowsky Libretto : John O’Brien after William Shakespeare Conductor: Lionel Friend Director: Keith Warner Reviewer: Claire Hayes WNO’s English premiere of André Tchaikowsky’s opera The Merchant of Venice powerfully illuminates the story’s original themes of prejudice, tribalism and anti-Semitism. Keith Warner’s production, first performed at the Bregenz Festival in Austria in 2013, forms part of WNO’s 2016 Autumn ...

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Britannia Waves the Rules – Summerhall@Roundabout, Edinburgh

Writer: Gareth Farr Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: Deborah Klayman The men in Carl Jackson’s world offer little in the way of rôle models: the drug-dealing Appletons, his uninspiring uncle Charles, and his father who has retreated into a childlike world since the death of his Carl’s mother. The bright lights of Blackpool are of little solace, masking the poverty and ...

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Britannia Waves the Rules – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Gareth Farr Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: May Mellstrom In the programme notes for his debut play, Britannia Waves the Rules, playwright Gareth Farr recalls an early meeting in which he was told to ‘put this play in a drawer and forget about it’. Thankfully others disagreed; with Farr awarded the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting in 2011 and The Royal ...

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The Last Days of Troy – The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: Simon Armitage Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The Royal Exchange has high hopes for The Last Days of Troy. Simon Armitage’s re-telling of the Trojan War legend transfers to The Globe in London after its Manchester run. The production features a large cast supplemented by local volunteers who swell battle scenes and achieve rapid changes. Armitage, and director ...

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Welsh National Opera: Tosca – The Mayflower, Southampton

Music: Giacomo Puccini Director: Michael Blakemore Conductor: Simon Phillippo Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage [Rating:4.5]   The year is 1800, the place is Rome and the brutal regime of Baron Scarpia (Claudio Otelli) Chief of Police reigns. Painter Mario Cavaradossi (Gywn Hughes Jones) is in love with the beautiful singer Floria Tosca (Mary Elizabeth Williams) who is lusted after by Scarpia. As ...

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Opera North: A Midsummer Night’s Dream – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Benjamin Britten Libretto: Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears Director: Martin Duncan Reviewer: Helen Jones [rating:3] Opera North are celebrating the 100th birthday of Benjamin Britten with this autumn's tour, by producing three of his better known operas. A Midsummer Night's Dream is Britten's adaptation of Shakespeare's original comedy. Oberon, the King of the Fairies, and Tytania, the Queen of ...

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Tosca – Bristol Hippodrome

Music: Giacomo Puccini Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa &Luigi Illica Director: Michael Blakemore Revival director: Benjamin Davis Reviewer: Barbara Michaels [Rating:4] A mammoth among mammoths, Tosca runs the gamut of the emotions more, perhaps, than any other opera. Set in Rome in 1800, amid political unrest and a brutal police regime, the sheer scale of this opera is mind-blowing, with music that ...

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