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Hamlet (Glyndebourne) – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Neil Armfield Composer: Brett Dean Librettist: Matthew Jocelyn Reviewer: Helen Tope Hamlet seems tailor-made for opera. A story of loyalty and revenge, it has all the core components. To amplify Shakespeare’s play into the larger-than-life dynamics needed for opera, nerves of steel are required. Too little, and the opera falls flat. Too much, and you lose the subtlety of ...

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Hamlet – Milton Keynes Theatre

Libretto: Matthew Jocelyn  Music: Brett Dean Director: Neil Armfield Reviewer: Maggie Constable The disturbed, nay tormented, Hamlet, eponymous hero of Glyndebourne’s acclaimed opera, seeks revenge for his beloved father’s death and so begins one of the most infamous Shakespearean tragedies of all time at Milton Keynes Theatre tonight. It is worse still when poor, beleaguered Hamlet discovers the culprit of the King ...

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Madama Butterfly – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Composer: Giacomo Puccini Librettists: Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa Director: Annilese Miskimmon Reviewer: Helen Tope Telling the true story of a Japanese geisha abandoned by her American husband, Madama Butterfly is one of opera’s greatest tragedies – perhaps the greatest one of all. The story is irresistible: a naive 15-year-old Cio-Cio-San is married off to an American lieutenant, Pinkerton, in ...

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Don Giovanni – Theatre Royal Plymouth

Director: Jonathan Kent Revival Director: Lloyd Wood Reviewer: Helen Tope A revival of the 2010 production directed by Jonathan Kent, Don Giovanni returns as part of this year’s Glyndebourne Tour. Based on the 14th Century nobleman Don Juan, Mozart reworks the legend into a tragi-comic opera that is startling as it is unique. In this production, the famous womaniser, and ...

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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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Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Composer: WolfgangAmadeus Mozart Conductor: Christoph Altstaedt Director:David McVicar Revival director: Ian Rutherford Reviewer: Karen Bussell     Second up on the Glyndebourne Tour 2015 is pure Turkish delight - David McVicar’s new production of Mozart’s Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, first shown at this year’s Glyndebourne Festival. Mozart’s first comic opera reflects 18thCenturyEurope’s obsession with all things Ottoman as the ...

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Glyndebourne: Don Pasquale – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Glynebourne's Don Pasquale - Jose Fardilha and Company

Composer: Gaetano Donizetti Director: Mariame Clément Conductor: Gareth Hancock Reviewer: Karen Bussell The Glyndebourne Tour 2015 opens with a revival of Mariame Clément’s opulent but harsh Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. Clément’s take verges on the slapstick but the opera buffa has an underlying viciousness to the meting out of rough justice to the elderly buffoon Don Pasquale. Making his Glyndebourne debut, ...

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Glyndebourn Opera: The Turn of the Screw – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Composer: Benjamin Britten Conductor: Leo McFall Director: Jonathan Kent Reviewer: Marina Sparks The classic 19th century novel The Turn of the Screw by Henry James is the third opera in Glyndebourne's 2014 season The gothic ghost story is brought to life by Benjamin Britten's atmospheric score. The score itself is ecclectic, varied and spontaneous. A staunch opera traditionalist may miss ...

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