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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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Opera North: Death in Venice – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Benjamin Britten Libretto: Myfanwy Piper Director: Yoshi Oida Reviewer: Malcolm Wallace [rating:2.5] Based on the novella of the same name by Thomas Mann, Death in Venice premiered in 1973 marking Benjamin Britten’s final opera and is being revived by Opera North as part of their Festival of Britten. However, this is not Benjamin Britten at his best and anyone ...

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Opera North: A Midsummer Night’s Dream – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Benjamin Britten Libretto: Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears Director: Martin Duncan Reviewer: Helen Jones [rating:3] Opera North are celebrating the 100th birthday of Benjamin Britten with this autumn’s tour, by producing three of his better known operas. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is Britten’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s original comedy. Oberon, the King of the Fairies, and Tytania, the Queen of ...

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