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WNO: The Marriage of Figaro – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Figaro - David Stout and Susanna - Anna Devin

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Librettist:Lorenzo Da Ponte English translation: Jeremy Sams Conductor: Lothar Koenigs Director: Tobias Richter Reviewer: Karen Bussell   WNO celebrates Beaumarchais’ money-loving, conniving rogue in its episodic spring tour Figaro Forever where Rossini and Mozart’s classics are joined by the world premiere of Langer’s sequel in which the scoundrel gets a divorce. So second up is Mozart’s ...

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Iphigénie en Tauride – The Lyceum, Sheffield

Hubert Smith

Composer: Christoph Willibald Gluck Director: James Conway Conductor: Martin André Reviewer: Sheila Stratford Iphigénie en Tauride opens with a most blood-curdling scene. The captive priestesses of the temple are butchering a man for human sacrifice having been ordered to do so by the Scythian leader Thoas. After a terrible storm, two more strangers arrive on the shores of the island ...

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WNO: Barber of Seville – Lyric, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Composer: Gioachino Rossini Librettist:Cesare Sterbini English Translation: Jeremy Sams Conductor: James Southall Director: Sam Brown Reviewer:Karen Bussell   WNO celebrates Beaumarchais’ money-loving, conniving rogue in its episodic spring tour Figaro Forever where Rossini and Mozart’s classics are joined by the world premiere of Langer’s sequel in which the scoundrel gets a divorce. Opening with Sam Brown’s take on Rossini’s The ...

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Die Fledermaus – The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Die Fledermaus

Music: Johan Strauss II Libretto: C. Huffier and Richard Genee, translated by Ruth and Thomas Martin Director: Ellen Kent Conductor: Vasyl Vasylenko Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Strauss’s light operetta Die Fledermaus is widely regarded as one of the finest comedic works in the operatic canon. The setup, which engineers all the principal characters introduced in Act I into attending the same ...

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Opera Briefs – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Director: Conor Hanratty Conductor: David Adams Reviewer: David Keane A double-bill of Monteverdi and Handel comprises Opera Briefs, which is presented by The Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM), in collaboration with The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art. Focussing on love in opera and choosing lesser performed pieces, Monteverdi’s Tirsi e Clori is first, which offers a mini-showcase of ...

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Opera North: Andrea Chenier – The Lowry, Salford

Opera North's Andrea Chénier

Composer: Umberto Giordano Libretto: Luigi Illica Director: Annabel Arden Conductor: Oliver von Dohnanyi Reviewer: Dave Cunningham More than a century before Les Miserables Composer Umberto Giordano set the French Revolution to a musical background. There are moments in Andrea Chenier where one wonders whether director Annabel Arden is cheekily referencing the blockbuster particularly as the first Act closes with the ...

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Carmen – The Opera House, Manchester

Carmen - The Opera House, Manchester

Composer: Bizet Conductor: Vasyl Vasylenko Director: Ellen Kent Reviewer: Richard Hall For almost the last twenty five years, producer Ellen Kent’s large scale productions of popular Grand Operas have graced the stages of many regional theatres up and down the country. A venue that Kent visits regularly is Manchester’s Opera House and on this occasion she returns with her own ...

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Ellen Kent’s Die Fledermaus – The Opera House, Manchester

Ellen Kent's Die Fledermaus

Composer: Johann Strauss Librettist: Ellen Kent Director: Ellen Kent Conductor: Vasyl Vasylenko Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent Ellen Kent has revived her 2006 production of Die Fledermaus which truly deserves the full title of 'Ellen Kent's Die Fledermaus' as she is invested in every corner of the production. Director, librettist and on this rare occasion, performer it's easy see why Kent believed ...

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