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Christopher Purves and Simon Lepper – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Reviewer: Ron Simpson Opera North’s programme for the Howard Assembly Room is always impressively varied, with jazz, world music and film extensively represented, but this recital took them nearer to home base. Christopher Purves’ most recent appearance with Opera North was as Gianni Schicchi as recently as two years ago. The programme was cleverly planned, four contrasted sets of songs ...

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Glyndebourne: Saul – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

The company of Glyndebourne's Saul with Christpoher Ainslie as David

Composer: George Frideric Handel Conductor: Laurence Cummings Director: Barrie Kosky Reviewer: Karen Bussell Barrie Kosky makes a distinguished debut at Glyndebourne with Handel’s Saul being the last, but by no means least, tour offering. Putting Biblical narrative under scorching inspection through focus on the relationships between David, Jonathan and Saul, and the all-consuming jealousy and descent into madness of the ...

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WNO: Orlando – Bristol Hippodrome

Composer: George Frideric Handel Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini Director: Harry Fehr Reviewer: Claire Hayes With so many characters at the extremes of emotion, opera might reasonably lay claim to madness as a pre-requisite. Yet, while there could be no shortage of suitable candidates for Welsh National Opera’s 2015 Madness season, Handel’s frequently overlooked Orlando, originally performed in London in 1733, still ...

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