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Cosi fan tutte – Bristol Hippodrome

Writer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Director: Benjamin Davies Reviewer: Shane Morgan [rating:4] In the programme notes, director Benjamin Davies identifies both sex and death as being major themes of not only Cosi fan tutte but also many other operas. In this case there is some of one and talk of the other. The plot centres around two couples – Fiordiligi is ...

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Jephtha – Bristol Hippodrome

Music: George Frideric Handel Libretto: Thomas Morell Director: Katie Mitchell Reviewer: Barbara Michaels [Rating:4] Keeping his word is second nature to a man of integrity, but to do so, Jephtha must kill his own daughter. In this opera, based on a story in the Old Testament, Jephtha is a soldier, brought back from banishment to lead the Israelites against the ...

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Glyndbourne’s Le Nozze di Figaro – Milton Keynes Theatre

Writer: Beaumarchais Librettist: Da Ponte Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Director: Michael Grandage Revival: Ian Rutherford Reviewer:Maggie Constable [rating:4] Glyndebourne on Tour is a frequent and much-loved visitor to Milton Keynes Theatre and this evening’s version of Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro ) is a new production from the acclaimed director, Michael Grandage. The original story for Figaro ...

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The Magic Flute – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Director: Sir Thomas Allen Reviewer: Jonathan Goat [Rating:5] Mozart’s last opera, The Magic Flute, is by far his most bewildering and difficult work; one that offers huge interpretative challenges to any who approach it. It’s a conundrum-straddling masonic mystery and populist fairytale in an uneasy and unsatisfying way, and succeeds by being drawn together and made ...

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WNO: Cosi Fan Tutte – Liverpool Empire Theatre

Book: Lorenzo da Ponte Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Director: Benjamin Davies Conductor: Mark Wrigglesworth Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin [Rating:4] With a plot to make a Panto blush it was apt for the Welsh National Opera to set Cosi Fan Tutte in a British resort with scenes often resembling saucy seaside postcards. The cynical Alfonso (Steven Page) convinces Italian sailors Ferrando (Andrew ...

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Carmen – ENO at the Coliseum, London

Music: Georges Bizet Libretto: Henri Meilhac &Ludovic Halevy (translated by Christopher Cowell) Book: Prosper Merimee Director: Calixto Bieito Reviewer: Sonny Waheed [rating:4] Containing some of the most beautiful and instantly recognisable music, Carmen is arguably the most popular opera in the world. Productions and adaptations have been plentiful and varied with the action taking place everywhere from Post-war USA to ...

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Rusalka- Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Music: Antonin Dvorak Libretto: Jaroslav Kvapil Director: Melly Still Conductor: Jakub Hrusa Reviewer: Nathanael Kent [rating:5]   Melly Still is one in a long line of theatre directors making a foray into the world of opera, having achieved great success at the National Theatre and on Broadway, notably with her production of Coram Boy. This production of Rusalka, an early ...

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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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