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Die Fledermaus – Bristol Hippodrome

Music: Johann Strauss II Libretto: Carl Haffner & Richard Genee Director: John Copley Conductor: James Southall Reviewer: Kris Hallett The ball is back in fashion and never went away. Or at least so it appears at Bristol Hippodrome where Johann Strauss II Die Fledermaus is currently floating as light as meringue and as exquisite as syrup to be Welsh National ...

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From the House of the Dead – Bristol Hippodrome

Music & Libretto: Leoš Janáček (libretto from Dostoyevsky’s novel, English translation by David Pountney) Director: David Pountney Designer: Maria Bjornson Lighting: Chris Ellis Conductor: Tomáš Hanus Reviewer: Leah Tozer The curtain rises on an intricate, ramshackle construction of bricks, boards, and broken men cascading across a remarkable, multi-levelled recreation of a communal prison cell. We see in, through a literal ...

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Welsh National Opera: Die Fledermaus – Liverpool Empire

Composer: Johann Strauss II Director: John Copley Conductor:  James Southall Revival Director: Sarah Crisp Reviewer: Daryl Holden “This evening, we will have a boring domestic comedy”. With this particular joke arising midway through the second act of Welsh National Opera’s Die Fledermaus, you would be forgiven for thinking that they are indeed talking about their own show. For the most ...

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Tosca – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Music: Giacomo Puccini Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa & Luigi Illica (with an English translation by Amanda Holden) Director/Designer: Richard Studer Conductor: Jonathan Lyness Reviewer: Leah Tozer  On its turn of the century debut, Puccini’s opera about death, desire and deception was termed a ‘shabby little shocker’ by the press, but there’s nothing shabby about Opera Project’s co-production with Tobacco Factory Theatres. ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Owen Wingrave – O’ Reilly Theatre, Dublin

Composer: Benjamin Britten Director: Tom Creed Conductor: Stephen Barlow Reviewer: Laura Marriott Owen Wingrave, which was composed during the height of the Vietnam War, questions whether pacifism is an act of strength or cowardice. By deciding to step away from a life of war and conflict he is also walking away from everything that his family have stood for; honour ...

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Alfred – Left Bank Opera Festival, Leeds

Composer: Thomas Arne Librettists: David Mallett, James Thomson Director: David Ward Conductor: Christopher Pelly Reviewer: Ron Simpson The first Left Bank Opera Festival consists of three opera performances on the theme of Great British Opera, plus a network of supporting free events, held in the splendidly spacious converted church in Burley which operates as Left Bank Leeds. The festival is ...

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Ellen Kent’s Aida – Palace Theatre, Manchester.

Music: Giuseppe Verdi. Libretto: Antonio Ghislanzoni. Director: Ellen Kent. Conductors: Nicolae Dohotaru and Vasyl Vasylenko. Reviewer: Sam Lowe. For 25 years, Ellen Kent has been producing and touring opera and ballet in the UK. Kent's productions have reached audience numbers of around five million people since 1995. In her own words, Kent attempts to make opera "entertaining and visually spectacular ...

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Madam Butterfly – Bristol Hippodrome

Composer: Giacomo Puccini Director: Joachim Herz Reviewer: Kris Hallett Welsh National Opera's Poisoned Chalice season ends with arguably its greatest hit, Joachim Herz's 1978 production of Puccini's Madam Butterfly. These themed seasons work well, both from a financial and artistic point of view, with two big hitters propping up a more obscure third title. So while La Vin Herbe may ...

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