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Porgy and Bess – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Director: Christine Crouse Music: Gershwin Reviewer: Emily Pearce [Rating: 4]   Following on from their 2009 venture, Cape Town Opera returns to the Wales Millennium Centre with Gershwin's jazz opera, Porgy and Bess, as part of a lengthier tour throughout the UK. The storyline communicated here could easily focus on the darker elements of the plot; the racism, the oppression, ...

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The Mandela Trilogy – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Director: Michael Williams Music: Alan Stephenson, Mike Campbell &Peter Louis van Dijk Book &Lyrics: Michael Williams Reviewer: Emily Pearce [Rating:4] The Mandela Trilogy is a three act new opera, written specifically for the South African company Cape Town Opera, with each part highlighting specific moments in Nelson Mandela’s life and interspersed with almost-narration from Mandela reflecting on his imprisonment. Each ...

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Billy Budd – English National Opera at the Coliseum, London

Composer: Benjamin Britten Libretto: E.M. Forster and Eric Crozier Director: David Alden Reviewer: Lilla Grindlay [rating:3.5] Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd is the tragic tale of an idealistic young man who is press-ganged to join the crew of the ship the HMS Indomitable in 1797. Billy is a strong and able sailor with only one physical defect – an occasional stammer. ...

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Porgy and Bess, Cape Town Opera, Festival Theatre – Edinburgh

Libretto: Dubose and Dorothy Heward Lyrics: Ira Gershwin Music: George Gershwin Director: Christine Crouse Conductor: Albert Horne Reviewer: Val Baskott [rating:4.5] Most of us know Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess from the iconic songs alone, such asSummertime, I got plenty of nuttin’, It ain’t necessarily so, Bess, you is my woman now, I loves you Porgy but don’t know the context. ...

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Ruddigore – Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Music: Arthur Sullivan Words: William Schwenck Gilbert Director: Jo Davies Conductor: Timothy Henty Reviewer: Edie R [rating:4.5]   When Ruddygore, the tenth Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, opened in January 1887, its composer Arthur Sullivan recorded that “the audience showed dissatisfaction”; and the comic double-act embarked on a programme of revisions, cuts and plot re-workings to rectify their reception, even altering ...

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Caligula – London Coliseum, London

Music: Detlev Glanert Director: Benedict Andrews Reviewer: Louise Thompson [rating:3] Caligula is based on Albert Camus' response to the rise of Hitler and Stalin. Set in a football stadium, we see the rise and fall of a dictator, the madness behind it and the destruction that he leaves in his wake. Caligula (played by Peter Coleman-Wright) loses his sister and ...

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Cosi Fan Tutte – Harrogate Theatre

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto: Lorenzo da Ponte Musical Director: Fraser Goulding Reviewer: Andrew Liddle [Rating:4] The Swansea City Opera company has a well-deserved reputation for bringing musical theatre to the masses - and this staging of Mozart’s comic masterpiece, Cosi Fan Tutte, certainly carries enormous popular appeal. Not the least of its attractions is that it is sung in ...

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The Flying Dutchman – ENO, London Coliseum

Composer: Richard Wagner Director: Jonathan Kent Reviewer: Natalie Barker [rating:3] The Flying Dutchman was the perfect opera for a blustery April evening. There was a knowing laugh from the audience when the Norwegian sailor, Daland, sang of sailing over the rough seas; ‘such furious weather cannot last’. With regards to current meteorological conditions, one would certainly hope not. Wagner’s opera ...

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