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Carmen – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Composer: Georges Bizet Libretto: Henri Melham and Ludovic Haley Director: Jo Davies Reviewer: Barbara Michaels A new production of Bizet’s iconic operatic sizzler Carmen rightly arouses much interest. The wonderful music is a given, with much of it familiar even to non-opera goers. So – like the emperor’s new clothes – the question must be: What does it bring to ...

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The Magic Flute – Bristol Hippodrome

Music: W. A. Mozart Libretto: Emanuel Schikaneder (t: Jeremy Sams) Conductor: Damian Iorio Reviewer: Ivana Galapcheva It may have been played consistently for over 200 years, but very few times in its history has Mozart’s The Magic Flute seen its hero, Tamino, start proceedings by battling a giant lobster. Bristol’s Hippodrome provided the setting for Thursday’s performance, offering an intimate ...

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The Magic Flute – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto: Emanuel Schikaneder English translation: Jeremy Sams Director Dominic Cooke Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Mozart’s sardonic fairy-tale The Magic Flute, with its contending forces of good and evil, has more than a hint of the pantomimic, but is none the worse for that, consisting as it does of some of the composer’s most memorable arias and lyrical ...

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Welsh National Opera: The Magic Flute – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Director: Dominic Cooke Conductor: Lothar Koenigs Reviewer: Marina Spark Every opera should begin with a man being pursued by a giant shrimp. This opening sets the scene very well for one of Mozart’s more bizarre operas, The Magic Flute. The opera is full of magic, misunderstanding and metaphor. The hero, Tamino, is chased by this monstrous ...

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Opera North: La Boheme – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Giacomo Puccini Libretto: Giuseppe Giacoso and Luigi IllicaAnita Director: Phyllida Lloyd Revival Director: Michael Barker-Caven Conductor: Andreas Delfs Reviewer: Jo Beggs Phyllida Lloyd’s La Boheme is squalid. Nobody’s going away tonight with romantic visions of bohemian Paris, the charmed life of the artist, starving but nourished by his own genius. Lloyd pairs this extraordinary opera back to the bare ...

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Don Giovanni – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Music: Wofgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto: Lorenzo Da Ponte Director: Sir Thomas Allen Conductor: Speranza Scappucci Reviewer: Val Baskott [rating 3.5] There’s a disappointing lack of intention about Scottish Opera’s new joint production with Boston Lyric Opera of Mozart’s complex Don Giovanni. There’s a general clunkiness and discontinuity, which is not wholly redeemed by some sterling vocal performances and sonorousombramusic. Don ...

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