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Die Fledermaus – English National Opera at the Coliseum, London

Composer: Johann Strauss II Director: Christopher Alden Reviewer: Harry Stern Die Fledermaus isn’t a profound piece of writing. The secret of its enduring popularity must, logically, lie in its levity. It is, in fact, the lightest of light operettas. Not so in Christopher Alden’s leaden hands, which weigh this piece of fin de siècle flimsy down to the point where ...

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Fidelio – Coliseum, London

Composer: Beethoven Director: Calixto Bieito Reviewer: Christopher Owen [rating:2] When Leonore suspects her husband Florestan is being held captive by Don Pizarro in his intricate prison fortress, she disguises herself as a boy, Fidelio and assists to the prison guard while secretly in search for her love and aiming to win the fight over injustice. Fidelio is Beethoven's only opera ...

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Welsh National Opera: Tosca – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music: Puccini Director: Michael Blakemore Reviewer: Emily Pearce [Rating:4.5] Tosca has everything you expect and would want from high opera. An opera about an opera singer, it is a story steeped in love, betrayal, murder and lust; and is, for many, the ultimate soprano diva rôle. WNO doesn’t disappoint here with its slow burning, yet thrilling production that notches up ...

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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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