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Aida – Theatre Royal, Brighton.

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi Director: Ellen Kent Conductor: Nicolae Dohotaru Reviewer: Bill Avenell [rating:4] Whatever else you get in an Ellen Kent opera, you get an enjoyable evening’s entertainment and in the case of Aida at a very full Theatre Royal, Brighton some really lovely singing. Elena Dee is a class act and her performance as the eponymous heroine in Verdi’s ...

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Welsh National Opera: Tosca – The Mayflower, Southampton

Music: Giacomo Puccini Director: Michael Blakemore Conductor: Simon Phillippo Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage [Rating:4.5]   The year is 1800, the place is Rome and the brutal regime of Baron Scarpia (Claudio Otelli) Chief of Police reigns. Painter Mario Cavaradossi (Gywn Hughes Jones) is in love with the beautiful singer Floria Tosca (Mary Elizabeth Williams) who is lusted after by Scarpia. As ...

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Glyndebourne’s L’Elisir D’Amore – Milton Keynes Theatre

Composer: Donizetti Director: Annabel Arden Design: Lez Brotherston Conductor: Pancho Gonzáles Reviewer: Maggie Constable [rating:4.5] Glyndebourne's 45th annual tour visits Milton Keynes Theatre this week. The Tour showcases some of the most exciting new operatic talent in the UK. Annabel Arden’s fabulously romantic 2007 production of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore features rising American tenor Christopher Tiesi in his debut rôle as ...

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INTERVIEW: 10 minutes with… Duncan Rock

The Rape of Lucretia - Duncan Rock

2013 marks the 45th annual Glyndebourne Tour, with its continuing aim to bring world-class opera to a wider audience and to create performing opportunities for young artists. In addition to revival productions of Hansel und Gretel and L’elisir d’amore the tour also includes Fiona Shaw’s new production of Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, an opera that hasn’t been produced ...

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The Rape of Lucretia – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Music: Benjamin Britten Libretto: Ronald Duncan Director: Fiona Shaw Set Designer: Michael Levine Conductor: Jack Ridley [rating:5] Glyndebourne gave the premiere of Britten's chamber opera The Rape of Lucretia in 1946, starring Kathleen Ferrier in the title rôle. It hasn't been staged again by Glyndebourne until now, the year we are celebrating 100 years since the British composer's birth. As ...

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Don Giovanni – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Music: Wofgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto: Lorenzo Da Ponte Director: Sir Thomas Allen Conductor: Speranza Scappucci Reviewer: Val Baskott [rating 3.5] There’s a disappointing lack of intention about Scottish Opera’s new joint production with Boston Lyric Opera of Mozart’s complex Don Giovanni. There’s a general clunkiness and discontinuity, which is not wholly redeemed by some sterling vocal performances and sonorousombramusic. Don ...

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L’elisir d’amore – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Music: Gaetano Donizetti Conductor: Pablo Gonzalez Director: Annabel Arden Revival Director: Paul Higgins Reviewer: Victoria Bawtree [rating:4]   Now in its 45th year, the Glyndebourne Tour is currently taking three full-scale productions around the country, and this week world-class opera is resident at Canterbury's Marlowe Theatre. Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore (The Elixir of Love) is a fun, 19th century comic opera, ...

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Albert Herring – Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Music: Benjamin Britten Libretto: Eric Crozier Director: Michael Barker - Caven Reviewer: Flip Miller [rating:3.5]   On the face of it the story if Albert Herring is quite mundane. A young village simpleton, Albert Herring, is chosen to be the May King. Apparently the village of Loxford – loosely based on Woodbridge - is a village full of loose women. ...

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