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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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Welsh National Opera: La Boheme – The Mayflower, Southampton

Composer: Giacomo Puccini Librettist: Giusepe Giacosa and Luigi Illica Original texts: Henry Murger Director: Annabel Arden Conductor: Simon Phillippo Reviewer: Ann Bawtree [rating:5] The ever popular opera La Boheme may be one of the very shortest in the history of the art but is undeniably not short on emotion. The curtain, bearing a sketched outline of the rooftops of Paris, ...

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Ghost Stories: A Night Opera – Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester

Music : Neil Campbell Film: Shaun Taft Reviewer: Cathy Crabb [Rating: 4] With a backdrop of emotive ghostly images in a film by Shaun Taft- including moonlit graveyards and haunted houses- classical guitarist Neil Campbell plays his critically acclaimed Ghost Stories- a night opera alongside soprano Anne Taft’s haunting accompaniment. The composition which was written and recorded by Neil and ...

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Welsh National Opera: Jephtha – Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Composer: GF Handel Librettist: The Reverend Thomas Morell DD Director: Robin Tebbutt Conductor: Paul Goodwin Reviewer: Ann Bawtree [rating:5]   The Welsh National Opera has added Jephtha to its more usual repertoire and has proved by this performance that it should be much better known. Unmistakeably Handelian from the opening notes of the overture, Jephtha is the last of Handel’s ...

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Le Nozze di Figaro – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Director: Michael Grandage Revival Director: Ian Rutherford Reviewer: Lu Greer [rating:4.0]   As the Marriage of Figaro opens with its classic, universally known overture, the curtain lifts on what appears to be a manor just outside of Seville, as any classic version of the opera would have. As the audience are introduced to Susanna and Figaro ...

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Eugene Onegin – The Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Music &Libretto: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Director: Richard Studer Translation: David Lloyd-Jones Reviewer: Barbara Michaels [Rating:4] Doyen of Russian literature, Alexander Pushkin, wrote the verse novel which forms the basis for Tchaikovsky’s lyrical operatic masterpiece Eugene Onegin. A love story running the gamut of emotions, it tells of the ill-fated love between the innocent country girl Tatyana and the worldly Eugene ...

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Don Giovanni – ENO at the Coliseum, London

Music: Mozart Libretto: Lorenzo Da Ponte Director: Rufus Norris Reviewer: Sheila Cornelius [rating:3.5] This dazzling revival of award-winning director Rufus Norris’s visually stylish 2010 production, seems to inhabit the same barrio of Madrid where Spanish film maestro Pedro Almodóvar hangs out. Walls are whisked across the stage in a flurry that arraigns contemporary urban design and interior spaces are filled ...

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