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NEWS: Scottish Opera appoints new President

Scottish Opera has just announced that Lady Veronica Gibson, wife of the late Sir Alexander Gibson, has been appointed as President of the Company. Lady Gibson played a key rôle behind the scenes when her husband founded the Company in 1962 and succeeds Baroness Smith of Gilmorehill as President following Scottish Opera’s Annual General Meeting. Scottish Opera’s General Director, Alex ...

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ARCHES LIVE FESTIVAL: One Day This Will Be Long Ago – The Arches, Glasgow

Music: Alexander Horowitz Lyrics: Jenny Knotts Director: Stasi Schaeffer Conductor: Ross Gunning Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald [Rating:1.5] With the audience entering, stumbling almost, onto an already unfolding scene around a kitchen table, One Day This Will Be Long Ago begins. The 15 minute opera, devised and performed by Opera Breve (all of whom are alumni of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) ...

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The Mikado – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Arthur Sullivan Libretto: W C Gilbert Original Director: Jeff Clarke Revival Director: Jenny Arnold Reviewer: Helen Jones [rating: 5] Opera Della Luna have been producing innovative productions of musical theatre for nearly twenty years. Their present tour of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado keeps up their high standards of producing accessible enjoyable shows on a smaller scale than the ...

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American Lulu – Young Vic, London

Composer: Olga Neuwirth (from Alban Berg) Director: John Fulljames Reviewer: Stephen Bates [rating:3.5] Frank Wedekind’s Lulu plays of 1896 and 1904 told of a young dancer who uses her sexual charms to entice wealthy men, climbs the German social ladder and later falls into poverty and despair. These plays were then adapted into an opera, left unfinished, by Alban Berg ...

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Welsh National Opera: Maria Stuarda – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music: Gaetano Donizetti Libretto: Giuseppe Bardari Director: Rudolf Frey Reviewer: Jacqui Onions [rating:3] The Welsh National Opera claim that “heads will roll” in the publicity for their Tudor’s season, and they just might following this production of Maria Stuarda. Moving on from Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, also part of this Tudor’s season, the daughter of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII, Elizabeth ...

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The Three Musketeers – The Salberg, Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury

Writer: Tom Sadler Music: Rob Castell Director: Sarah Tipple Reviewer: Naomi Stevens [Rating:3.5]   “All for fun and fun for all!” It would be fair to say that most people know what opera is. Most even know what ‘Barber Shop’ singing is. There is also a strong likelihood that people will have some idea of who The Three Musketeers are. ...

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Welsh National Opera: Anna Bolena – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music: Gaetano Donizetti Libretto: Felice Romani Director: Alessandro Televi Reviewer: Jacqui Onions [rating:3.5] A first for the Welsh National Opera, Anna Bolena follows the events leading up to the end of Anne Boleyn’s life. Beginning at the point of the birth of her daughter, Elizabeth, Henry VIII has lost interest in his wife and turned his attentions to lady in ...

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Tosca – Soho Theatre, London

Music: Giacomo Puccini Book: David Collier Librettist &Director: Adam Spreadbury-Maher Reviewer: Sonny Waheed [rating:2.5] Leading the charge in updating and reinterpreting opera, OperaUpClose now turns its attention to Tosca. Puccini’s 3-act, through-composed melodrama has everything you could want in an opera; love, jealousy, death, betrayal, murder, fear, corruption, suicide and a mood-perfect, emotionally charged score. Originally set in Rome in ...

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