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La Forza del Destino – Bristol Hippodrome

Director: David Pountney Conductor: Carlo Rizzi Set designer: Raymond Bauer Reviewer: Julia Beasley The force of destiny is not in Leonora’s favour. Against her father’s wishes, she plans to elope with a freedom fighter. It all goes wrong when he accidentally kills her dad. Her brother vows to avenge his father’s death. Leonora runs away and becomes a hermit. The ...

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Don Giovanni – Bristol Hippodrome

Director: Caroline Chaney Designer:  John Napier Conductor: James Southall Reviewer: Julia Beasley Sexual harassment allegations are not a modern phenomenon, as Mozart’s big-beast opera shows. The antics of the sex-addicted Don are an abuse of power: the women need to be heard and justice needs to be done.  The drama lies in how and when this will happen. Since its ...

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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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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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Eugene Onegin – Bristol Hippodrome

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Lyrics: Konstantin Shilovsky Reviewer: Julia Beasley As far as romantic heroes go, Eugene is a pretty sulky, selfish and vain chap. Dry as a twig and dressed like an undertaker, he is a young urbanite bored with society and himself.  The audience senses from the start that Eugene is short on empathy and it’s probably not ...

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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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La bohème – Bristol Hippodrome

Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa & Luigi Illica Director: Annabel Arden Revival Director: Caroline Chaney Conductor: Manlio Benzi Reviewer: Claire Hayes Welsh National Opera (WNO)’s evocative 2012 production of Puccini’s La bohème returns to the stage for a well-deserved revival, as part of the company’s Love’s Poisoned Chalice season. Here, Annabel Arden’s original combination of strong vocal performances, atmospheric staging and clear ...

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Welsh National Opera: La Vin Herbé – Bristol Hippodrome

Composer: Frank Martin English Translation: Hugh Macdonald Director: Polly Graham Conductor: James Southall Reviewer: Kris Hallett Love’s Poisoned Chalice is the theme of Welsh National Opera’s Spring Season and it doesn’t get much more literal than that in Frank Martin’s take on the love affair of Tristan and Iseult in La Vin Herbé. Here the poison is real, a potion ...

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