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Opera North: The Girl of the Golden West– The Lowry, Salford

Music by: Giacomo Puccini Libretto Guelfo Civini and Carlo Zangarini Director: Aletta Collins Conductor: Richard Farnes Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Sung in Italian with a story set during the California gold rush ‘The Girl of the Golden West’ could be described as a ‘spaghetti opera’. The gold miners who patronise The Polka saloon are not clichéd hard drinking gamblers. Instead they ...

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Carmen – Mill and Tyne Theatre, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Music: Georges Bizet Director: Boris Lagoda Conductor: Azat Maksutov Reviewer: Anna Ambelez Love, treachery, passion and betrayal, Carmen has it all. An opera in four acts, Bizet adapted the plot from the novel ‘Carmen’ by French writer Prosper Merimee. Opening in Seville, in a town square outside a cigarette factory, we see Michaela (Olga Sosnovskaya) asking some soldiers for her ...

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The Mikado -The Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Music: Arthur Sullivan Lyrics: W.S. Gilbert Musical Director: Ben Holder Reviewer: Sue Collier This production of The Mikado was due to start at 7:30pm, but it was only at this point that the auditorium was opened to the public and an amusing explanation announced, namely that the stage curtains would not close. The outcome of this problem turned out to ...

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Carmen – The Royal Hall, Harrogate

Music: Georges Bizet Director: Boris Lagoda Conductor: Azat Maksutov Reviewer: Ray Taylor The Russian State Ballet and Opera Theatre of Komi have entertained a full house at Harrogate with their performance of what is considered the world’s most popular opera. The Theatre was founded in 1958 and is located in a republic just to the north of Moscow. They are ...

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Lulu: a Murder Ballad – Contact, Manchester

Music and Lyrics: Martin Jacques Director: Mark Hotlhusen Reviewer: Mark Smith With a mammoth back catalogue of albums and theatre productions The Tiger Lillies return to Manchester was a hugely anticipated event - a brand new co-production between the dark folk trio, Opera North, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Warwick Arts Centre. Lulu: A Murder Ballad is brave commissioning and we ...

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Don Pasquale – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Composer: Gaetano Donizetti Libretto: Giovanni Ruffini &Gaetano Donizetti Conductor: Francesco Corti Director: Renaud Doucet Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys There's no fool like an old fool and so it proves in Scottish Opera's joyous new production of Donizetti's comic masterpiece Don Pasquale. Reclusive, cat-loving Don Pasquale runs his crumbling pensione with only his chain-smoking chambermaid, greasy cook and decrepit porter for company. ...

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La Traviata – The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, this English version by Robin Norton-Hale Director: Robin Norton-Hale Reviewer: James Garrington Based on La Dame aux Camelias by Dumas, La Traviata was first performed in 1853 and tells the story of the love between Violetta, a courtesan, and Alfredo, a young man who has become obsessed with her. After initial rejection, Alfredo is accepted by Violetta ...

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Hansel and Gretel – The Bussey Building, London

Director: Richard Pyros Musical Director: Nicola Rose Reviewer: Carrie Carter [rating:4] In a year in which I’ve seen numerous productions which claim to be classed under the immersive theatre banner, few have charmed as much as Opera in Space’s production of Hansel and Gretel. Set over three floors of the atmospheric Bussey Building in Peckham, this is a fairytale with ...

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