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Tosca – King’s Head Theatre, London

Composer: Giacomo Puccini Libretto: Adam Spreadbury-Maher Director: Adam Spreadbury-Maher Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:4.5] Many companies aim to make Opera more accessible, but few as successfully as London-based OperaUpClose. With their residency at the King’s Head Theatre now well-established, the company have become masters at adapting grand operas for the small stage, and this production of Puccini’s Tosca is no exception. ...

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Cosi Fan Tutte – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Opera: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto: Lorenzo da Ponte Director: Benjamin Davis Reviewer: Barbara Michaels [Rating:5] Mozart’s final comic opera, Così Fan Tutte, is one of the most human and soul-searching of comic operas yet was originally considered immoral. In today’s climate this is hardly the case. The story, set in Naples in the late 1700s, tells how two young men, ...

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Julius Caesar : English National Opera – London Coliseum

Composer: G. F. Handel Director/Choreographer: Michael Keegan-Dolan Conductor: Christian Curnyn Reviewer: Emily Pearce [Rating: 3.5] Handel can be a notoriously difficult opera composer to stage – the length of the pieces, along with a rigid structure (recitative, aria, recitative, aria, occasional duet), ensure that directors’ often resort to bizarre measures in order to keep a modern audience’s interest throughout. Here, ...

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Opera Appetizers – The Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds

Director: Jane Anthony Musical Director: John Longstaff Music: Georges Bizet, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart &Otto Nicolai Pianist: Ewan Gilford Reviewer: S. E. Webster [rating:4] In a bid to promote opera in the local Yorkshire area, the non-profit company Young Opera Venture are currently touring with a cast of fresh and exciting new voices. With the majority of the cast having either ...

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The Magic Flute – English National Opera, London Coliseum

Music: Mozart Text: Emanuel Schikaneder Original director: Nicholas Hytner, revival directors James Bonas and Ian Rutherford Reviewer: JohnnyFox [rating:3.5] The warehouse in which English National Opera parks its costumes and sets between performances must be the size of Yorkshire. This production of ‘The Magic Flute’ was first directed and designed a quarter of a century ago – and they’re about ...

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La Bohème – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music: Giacomo Puccini Libretto: Guieseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica Director: Annabel Arden Reviewer: Barbara Michaels [Rating:5] Luciano Pavarotti once said of Puccini’s La Bohème, “As far as I am concerned, it is the perfect opera. The music perfectly suits the text. Each act has its own atmosphere and character, and each is beautifully constructed.” Director Annabel Arden’s innovative and sensitive ...

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Hansel and Gretel – Co-Opera co. at John McIntosh Theatre, London

Composed by Engelbert Humperdinck Libretto by Adelheid Wette Director: James Bonas Reviewer: Elizabeth Vile [rating:4] Founded in 2008 Co-Opera co. works with professionals at the beginning of their careers to create new productions of opera classics as well as opera galas. These productions are toured and give young performers “invaluable, paid performance opportunities” that will help with their future careers. ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: 13 – C Venues C

Book: Dan Elish and Robert Horn Music and Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown Director: Richard Poynton Musical Director: David Easto Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys [Rating:4.5] 12 year old Evan Goldman is having a difficult time – his parents are in the midst of a divorce and his all-important Bar Mitzvah is looming. To make matters worse his mother announces they are leaving ...

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