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The Second Violinist  – Barbican, London

Composer:  Donnacha Dennehy Writer and Director:  Enda Walsh Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Premiering in Galway last summer, The Second Violinist comes to the Barbican trailing accolades in its wake, but after viewing this modern opera it is hard to justify all the praise. It’s a multi-media mess. Co-produced by Landmark and Irish National Opera it’s surprising that things are such a ...

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English Touring Opera: Ulysses’ Homecoming – Harrogate Theatre

Carolyn Dobbin as Penelope

Composer: Claudio Monteverdi Director: James Conway Conductor: Jonathan Peter Kenny Designer: Takis Reviewer: Ron Simpson With Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria from about 1640 – now translated, slightly less literally than usual, as Ulysses’ Homecoming – we are in at the dawn of opera: the same composer’s Orfeo may be the first opera and is certainly the earliest still ...

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The Barber Of Seville – English National Opera at the London Coliseum

Composer: Gioachino Rossini Original Director : Jonathan Miller Revival Director : Peter Relton Reviewer: Michael Gray [rating:4] Jonathan Miller's classic staging of the Barber returns to St Martin's Lane for the eleventh revival, a quarter of a century after its first performances. No director's ego on view here, though. Miller has been scathing about the more bizarre operatic visions of ...

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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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