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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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NEWS: Scottish Opera Announce a Vibrant New Season

Scottish Opera has announced details of its vibrant new season, showcasing seven powerful operas featuring drama, romance, fairy-tale and comedy. Welcoming back a host of talented cast and creatives from recent years alongside some exciting new faces, and spanning four centuries in four languages, the season features ten shows, two world premieres, six new productions and 111 performances in 46 ...

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Welsh National Opera: Hansel and Gretel, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music: Engelbert Humperdinck Libretto: Adelheid Wette English Translation: David Poutney Director: Richard Jones Revival Director: Benjamin Davis Conductor: Lothar Koenigs Reviewer: Lauren Wilson A beautiful take on the classic fairy tale, Welsh National Opera’s version of Hansel and Gretel lures the audience into a land of make-believe where anything might be possible. When Hansel and Gretel are left hungry and ...

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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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WNO: Cosi Fan Tutte – Liverpool Empire Theatre

Book: Lorenzo da Ponte Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Director: Benjamin Davies Conductor: Mark Wrigglesworth Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin [Rating:4] With a plot to make a Panto blush it was apt for the Welsh National Opera to set Cosi Fan Tutte in a British resort with scenes often resembling saucy seaside postcards. The cynical Alfonso (Steven Page) convinces Italian sailors Ferrando (Andrew ...

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Welsh National Opera: Cosi fan tutte – The Mayflower, Southampton

Composer: Mozart Librettist: Lorenzo da Ponte Director: Benjamin Davis Conductor: Mark Wigglesworth Reviewer: Ann Bawtree [rating:5]   Some can see deep philosophical and moral struggles between the characters as they strive to play out the story of “Cosi fan tutte”, however, to others it is a trivial tale of shallow people in whom it is hard to maintain any interest ...

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Cosi Fan Tutte – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Opera: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto: Lorenzo da Ponte Director: Benjamin Davis Reviewer: Barbara Michaels [Rating:5] Mozart’s final comic opera, Così Fan Tutte, is one of the most human and soul-searching of comic operas yet was originally considered immoral. In today’s climate this is hardly the case. The story, set in Naples in the late 1700s, tells how two young men, ...

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