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The Magic Flute – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Librettist: Glyn Maxwell Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Director: Valentina Ceschi Reviewer: James Garrington Opera Up Close may have moved on from their roots performing in tiny pub theatres, but that doesn’t mean that they’ve distanced themselves from their audience. They pride themselves on producing accessible new versions of classic opera, and The Magic Flute is certainly no exception. Forget any ideas you ...

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Don Giovanni – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto: Lorenzo da Ponte Translator: Amanda Holden Director/Designer: Richard Studer Conductor: Jonathan Lyness Reviewer: Kris Hallet One of the great joys in attending opera is the sheer opulence of it. With its large casts, generous orchestras and a set budget that would keep a Premier League footballer fed for a number of weeks, it is easy ...

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La Traviata – Tricycle Theatre, London

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi Libretto: Robin Norton-Hale Orchestration: Harry Blake Director: Robin Norton-Hale Reviewer: Deborah Klayman Since their outstanding debut production of La Boheme in 2009, OperaUpClose have established themselves as a force to be reckoned. Far from the elitist image of the Grand Opera, founders Robin Norton-Hale, Adam Spreadbury-Maher and Ben Cooper managed to do the unthinkable – accessible fringe ...

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INTERVIEW: 10 Minutes with Robin Norton-Hale

Opera Up Close has developed a reputation for bringing fresh and intimate stagings of opera into new venues. Combining first class acting and singing and inventive orchestrations, the company has now staged 21 operas. As their production of Verdi's La traviata prepares to open at Kilburn's Tricycle Theatre, Opera Up Close's Artistic Director, Robin Norton-Hale, spoke to Glen Pearce about ...

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La Traviata – The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, this English version by Robin Norton-Hale Director: Robin Norton-Hale Reviewer: James Garrington Based on La Dame aux Camelias by Dumas, La Traviata was first performed in 1853 and tells the story of the love between Violetta, a courtesan, and Alfredo, a young man who has become obsessed with her. After initial rejection, Alfredo is accepted by Violetta ...

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Tosca – Soho Theatre, London

Music: Giacomo Puccini Book: David Collier Librettist &Director: Adam Spreadbury-Maher Reviewer: Sonny Waheed [rating:2.5] Leading the charge in updating and reinterpreting opera, OperaUpClose now turns its attention to Tosca. Puccini’s 3-act, through-composed melodrama has everything you could want in an opera; love, jealousy, death, betrayal, murder, fear, corruption, suicide and a mood-perfect, emotionally charged score. Originally set in Rome in ...

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L’Elisir D’Amore – OperaUpClose at King’s Head, London

Composer: Donizetti Director: Valentina Ceschi Reviewer: Emily Pearce [rating:3.5] OperaUpClose is a relatively new venture that has garnered quite a reputation in London and the UK for producing modern and intimate adaptations of famous operas, always in informal, lively settings. L'Elisir D'Amore is the first production of their 2013 season, adapting Donizetti's light yet sumptuous score into English, as well ...

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La Boheme – The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Giacomo Puccini, this English version by Robin Norton-Hale Director: Robin Norton-Hale Reviewer: James Garrington [rating:4] Opera Up Close have had an amazing journey from their foundation in the tiny 35-seat Cock Tavern theatre late in 2009, where they were established to experiment with producing a modern version of a classic opera. Three years and one Olivier Award later, they ...

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