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Welsh National Opera: Lulu – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Alan Berg Librettist: Frank Wedekind Director: David Poutney Reviewer: Marina Spark [rating:3.5] Lulu, an opera in three acts, is part of the Welsh National Opera’s Free Spirits season. Written by Alan Berg, with Act Three realised by Eberhard Kloke, the story focuses on the untameable force that is Lulu. Saved at an early age from a life of prostitution, ...

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The Cunning Little Vixen – Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Composer:Leoš Janacek Director: David Pountney Conductor: Simon Philippo Reviewer: Ann Bawtree [rating:4]   Just because the furry animals in the cast of Leoš Janacek“The Cunning Little Vixen” outnumber the human characters by three to one does not make this a suitable opera for young children. It is a rather matter of fact, some would say harsh, tale of life in ...

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The Yeomen of the Guard – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Music: Arthur Sullivan Libretto:W.S. Gilbert Director: Alan Borthwick Musical Director: David Lyle Reviewer: Val Baskott [rating:3.5] Edinburgh’s Gilbert and Sullivan Society's (EDGAS) new production is a lively and sensitive performance ofTheYeomenof the Guard. The Savoy operas immediately conjure up jollity, mix and match, political satire and patter coupled with stirring music and they always have a happy ending. Almost always. ...

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Opera North: La clemenza di Tito – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Director: John Fulljames Conductor: Douglas Boyd Reviewer: Laura Maley [Rating:3] Opera North’s production of Mozart’s last opera, La clemenza di Tito, is the first in its 35-year history. The Lowry plays host to a hyper modern staging of the opera, with a talented cast who do their best with one of Mozart’s lesser known and lesser ...

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Opera North: Otello – The Lowry, Salford

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi Libretto: Arrigo Boito after William Shakespeare Director: Tim Albery Conductor: Richard Farnes Reviewer: Dave Cunningham [Rating:4] Sometimes you should just keep quiet. The on-stage announcement that two principal cast members are performing although infected with a cold makes you wonder if Opera North’s version of ‘Otello’ will be up to standard. But then a mood of doubt ...

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Opera North: La Voix Humaine & Dido and Aeneas – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Francis Poulenc (La Voix Humaine), Henry Purcell (Dido and Aeneas) Libretto: Jean Cocteau (La Voix Humaine), Nahum Tate (Dido and Aeneas) Director &Choreographer: Aletta Collins Conductor: Wyn Davies Reviewer: Jo Beggs [Rating:4.0] Despite being written 270 years apart, it’s clear why Opera North thought to create this challenging double bill of Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine and Purcell’s Dido and ...

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Così fan tutte – Curve Leicester

Conductor: James Burton Director: Paul Higgins Reviewer: Karen McCandless [Rating:4] Così fan tutte is the first opera that has ever been staged at Curve in Leicester and was a good one to start with. One of Mozart’s most famous scores, Così fan tutte is an accessible opera sung in English by the English Touring Opera (a major plus for first ...

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Scottish Opera: Werther – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Music: Jules Massenet Libretto: Eduard Blau, Paul Milliet, Georges Hartmann Director: Pia Furtado Conductor: Francesco Corti Reviewer: Val Baskott [rating:4] Scottish Opera continues its 50th Anniversary season with an intense production of Werther; Massenet’s drame lyrique loosely based on Goethe’s novel The Sorrows of Young Werther. It's a simple tale of obsessional love constrained by social convention with an inevitable ...

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