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Cosi fan Tutte – Swansea City Opera at Harrogate Theatre

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto: Lorenzo Da Ponte Translation: Ruth and Thomas Martin Director: Brendan Wheatley Conductor: John Beswick Designer: Gabriella Ingram Reviewer: Ron Simpson Cosi fan Tutte is one of the most problematic of Mozart’s operas. Until comparatively recent times it was neglected, certainly in Britain (too immoral or too sophisticated?), and it still creates problems of interpretation. The ...

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Swansea City Opera: Lakme – Harrogate Theatre

Painting of Asian woman

Composer: Leo Delibes Director/Set Designer: Brendan Wheatley Conductor: John Beswick Costume Designer: Gabriella Ingram Reviewer: Ron Simpson Leo Delibes’ 1883 opera Lakme soon took its place in the standard repertoire. However, recent decades have been less welcoming to it. Its problem is that it belongs to two genres that are not especially in favour these days. One of a series ...

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Faust – Harrogate Theatre

Composer: Charles Gounod Director/Set Designer: Brendan Wheatley Conductor: John Beswick Reviewer: Ron Simpson Swansea City Opera’s production of Gounod’s Faust makes it clear why it has traditionally been one of the most popular operas in the mainstream repertoire, but has lost favour, certainly in this country. The great set-piece arias – all well sung in this production – must have ...

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