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Le nozze di Figaro – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto: Lorenzo da Ponte Conductor: Jonathan Cohen Director: Michael Grandage, revived by Ian Rutherford Reviewer: Victoria Bawtree [rating:5]   The Glyndebourne Tour, which aims to bring both world-class, affordable opera to the masses, as well as to support young artists, is an institution in itself, but it has never before been to Canterbury. Judging by last ...

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Le nozze di Figaro – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto: Lorenzo da Ponte Director: Michael Grandage Reviewer: Joan Phillips [Rating:4] Michael Grandage’s 2012 production of Le nozze di Figaro brings this 1786 classic opera crashing into the 1970’s with great humour. Complete with droopy moustache’s, long hair, kaftans, printed flares and velvet jackets, fans of the 70’s TV show Jason King or those who have ...

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Andrea Bocelli : Concerto Tour 2012 – Echo Arena, Liverpool

Reviewer: John Roberts [Rating:4] Being a Tuscan, Opera has naturally become a way of life for 55 year old Tenor; influences like Puccini and Mascagni are not forgotten during Bocelli’s epic Concerto Tour, which played Liverpool’s Echo Arena to an engrossed and rapturous capacity crowd. A balance of Aria’s, Cantata’s and Oratorio’s span the two and a half hour programme, ...

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The Makropulos Case – Lowry Theatre, Salford

Music &Lyrics: Leos Janacek Director: Tom Cairns Conductor: Richard Farnes Reviewer: Iain Sykes [Rating:4.5] Legal proceedings, intrigue, virtual immortality, and a talented diva all seem unlikely subject for opera but in Leos Janacek’s The Makropulos Case, based on Karel Capek’s 1922 play of the same name, they combine perfectly into an opera which starts in a dull legal office and ...

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Opera North : Don Giovanni – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto: Lorenzo de Ponte Director: Alessandro Talevi Conductor: Anthony Kraus Reviewer: Sally Cinnamon [Rating:3.5] When Don Giovanni premiered over 200 years ago in the Bohemian city of Prague, it was a smash hit. The Czechs were a bawdy lot, unlike in Mozart’s adopted city, Vienna, where his recent opera The Marriage of Figaro was coolly received ...

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Faust – The Lowry, Salford

Directors: Ran Arthur Braun/ Rob Kearley Music: Charles Gounod Libretto: Jules Barbier and Michel Carré Conductor: Stuart Stratford Reviewer: Helen Jones [rating:3.5] As part of their 2012/2013 season Opera North have revived and re-imagined Charles Gounod's best known opera Faust. The story follows middle-aged scholar, Faust, who is searching for a meaning to his life and considers ending it all. ...

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Welsh National Opera: Cosi fan tutte – The Mayflower, Southampton

Composer: Mozart Librettist: Lorenzo da Ponte Director: Benjamin Davis Conductor: Mark Wigglesworth Reviewer: Ann Bawtree [rating:5]   Some can see deep philosophical and moral struggles between the characters as they strive to play out the story of “Cosi fan tutte”, however, to others it is a trivial tale of shallow people in whom it is hard to maintain any interest ...

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