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Medea – ENO at the Coliseum, London

Composer: Marc-Antoine Charpentier Libretto: Thomas Corneille Director: David McVicar Reviewer: Jonathan Baz [rating:4.5] The English National Opera’s production of Charpentier’s Medea has been eagerly awaited and David McVicar’s heavily stylised interpretation played to a packed Coliseum. This mythical Greek tragedy, with its horrific climax so well known in the canon, proving to be a fable that when told by such ...

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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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