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WNO: Chorus! – Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol

Choreographer: Denni Sayers Director: David Pountney Conductor: Alexander Martin Reviewer: Claire Hayes In staging an operatic showcase where the chorus is the star, Welsh National Opera is surely playing to its strengths. Coupled with a fluidly dramatic set design, thrilling costumes and a guest soloist in the form of soprano Lesley Garrett, WNO's chorus shows why it has so often ...

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WNO: Hansel and Gretel – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Composer: Engelbert Humperdinck Conductor: Lothar Koenigs Director: Richard Jones Reviewer: Marina Spark The Welsh National Opera is currently touring their production of the bleak, often frightening Brothers Grimm fairy taleHansel and Gretel. The production is more true to the Brothers Grimm than the romanticised later versions of the classic tale. The opera begins in a small, dreary, empty kitchen. Hansel ...

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Welsh National Opera: The Magic Flute – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Director: Dominic Cooke Conductor: Lothar Koenigs Reviewer: Marina Spark Every opera should begin with a man being pursued by a giant shrimp. This opening sets the scene very well for one of Mozart's more bizarre operas, The Magic Flute. The opera is full of magic, misunderstanding and metaphor. The hero, Tamino, is chased by this monstrous ...

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Welsh National Opera: Chorus! – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Choreographer: Denni Sayers Director: David Pountney Conductor: Alexander Martin Reviewer: Karen Bussell Hitting the high notes with a veritable pick and mix of operatic classics is the stalwart backbone of WNO. The ensemble is showcased in Chorus! - a carefully staged, visually pleasing celebration of the rôle ofthe chorusin opera. It is an eclectic selection ranging from the light-hearted – ...

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La Traviata – Grand Opera House, York

Writer: Alexandre Dumas the Younger Music: Giuseppe Verdi Libretto: Franceso Maria Piave Director: Ellen Kent Conductor: Vasyl Vasylenko Reviewer: Nicola Harrison   ‘Sempre libera degg´io folleggiare di gioia in gioia, O´che scorra il viver mio pei sentieri del piacer. Nasca il giorno, o il giorno muoia, sempre lieta ne´ ritrovi, A diletti sempre nuovi dee volare il mio pensier.’ ‘Free ...

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La Bohème– Theatre Royal, Norwich

Music: Giacomo Puccini Director: James Conway Reviewer: Lu Greer   La Bohème, one of Puccini’s most well-known operas, begins the English Touring Opera’s three night stint at the Norwich Theatre Royal which is to also include Donisetti’s The Wild Man Of the West Indies. La Bohème, set in the Latin quarter of Paris, focuses on the lives of penniless bohemians ...

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Ellen Kent: Madama Butterfly – The Opera House, Manchester

Composer: Giacomo Puccini Director: Ellen Kent Conductor: Nicolae Dohotaru Reviewer: Sebastian Farrell Madama Butterfly is an opera in two acts by Giacomo Puccini "the greatest composer of Italian opera after Verdi” and funnily enough following Verdi again at the Opera House this week after Verdi’s ‘Rigoletto’ played the previous evening to great acclaim. The libretto of the opera is based ...

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An Intimate Evening with Russell Watson – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Abbie Rippon Famed for bringing Opera to the masses and known across the UK and beyond simply as ‘The Voice’ Russell Watson has been a household name for the past 15 years. He is a multi-platinum selling artist and has performed in many of the world’s major venues. As part of this tour he has returned to his home ...

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