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Welsh National Opera: The Magic Flute – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto: Emanuel Schikaneder English Translation: Jeremy Sams Director: Dominic Cooke Revival Director: Caroline Chaney Conductor:Lothar Koenigs Reviewer: Jacqui Onions If you are new to opera then The Magic Flute is a great place to start. A light-hearted opera but with plenty of plot points to keep the watcher entertained. This production, by Welsh National Opera, is ...

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Welsh National Opera: CHORUS! – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Director: David Pountney Reviewer: Barbara Michaels A pot-pourri of operatic favourites, Chorus! not only showcases the world class talents of Welsh National Opera’s justly famed chorus, but those of the inimitable Lesley Garrett. All it lacks is Bryn Terfel but you can’t have everything, although to have him singing the title rôle in Wagner’s Flying Dutchman- the famous Spinning Chorus ...

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The Marriage of Figaro – The Grand, Leeds

Music:Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Director: Jo Davies Conductor: Alexander Shelley Reviewer: David Gann It is set and match to the ladies. Susanna and her lady, the Countess, triumphantly expose jealousies and, in the case of the Count, outrageous sexual manipulation on behalf of the men. Perhaps it is fitting that the female director, Jo Davies, also wins the day. This is ...

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The Mikado – Charing Cross Theatre, London

Writer: W.S. Gilbert Composer: Arthur Sullivan Director: Thom Sutherland Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   Death, dictatorship and cruel punishments may not be everyone’s idea of a good night at the theatre, but The Mikado serves all these things with a lightly comic musical wrapping. This new production at the Charing Cross Theatre stays in Japan but enhances the frivolity by relocating ...

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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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Carmen – Mayflower, Southampton

Music: Georges Bizet Libretto: Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halevy Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage The Welsh National Opera arrives at Southampton’s Mayflower with a trio of operas under the title “Liberty or Death” that includes Rossini’s William Tell and Moses in Egypt plus the 1997 production of Georges Bizet’s Carmen. It was the latter that was on show last night. Presented with ...

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La Traviata -Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director:Tom Cairns Composer: Giuseppi Verdi Conductor: David Afkham Reviewer: Marina Spark   The 2014 Glyndebourne Tour features La Traviata, the well-known, much loved opera that tracks the tragic demise of the beautiful courtesan, Violetta. Glyndebourne's unrivalled reputation for creating world class opera has stood up to itself in this instance and their production of La Traviata is magnificent. This classic ...

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Opera North: The Coronation of Poppea – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Claudio Monteverdi Libretto: Giovanni Busenello Director: Tim Albery Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Something is missing from the start of Opera North’s version of The Coronation of Poppea. The noise of the orchestra filling the pit is notable by its absence. As the curtain rises the reason becomes apparent – the eight-piece orchestra is onstage either side of the performance space ...

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