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Christopher Purves and Simon Lepper – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Reviewer: Ron Simpson Opera North’s programme for the Howard Assembly Room is always impressively varied, with jazz, world music and film extensively represented, but this recital took them nearer to home base. Christopher Purves’ most recent appearance with Opera North was as Gianni Schicchi as recently as two years ago. The programme was cleverly planned, four contrasted sets of songs ...

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WNO: Pelléas and Mélisande – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Composer: Claude Debussy Conductor: Lothar Koenigs Director: David Pountney Reviewer: Denis Lennon Welsh National Opera’s production of Claude Debussy’s Pelléas and Mélisande emanates a stench of death around the Donald Gordon Theatre at the Wales Millennium Centre. The aesthetic is almost medieval in its style from the enormous skeleton that encapsulates the set (Johan Engels), to the black and silver ...

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La vida breve and Gianni Schicchi (Opera North) – The Lowry, Salford

Score: Manuel de Falla and Giacomo Puccini Conductor: Jac van Steen Director: Christopher Alden Reviewer: Dave Cunningham   During this visit to The Lowry Opera North have given us a comedy and a tragedy; tonight we get one of each. La vida breve starts with a sense of grim foreboding. Highly-strung Salud (Anne Sophie Duprels) anxiously waits for the arrival ...

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Scottish Opera’s Madama Butterfly – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Music: Giacomo Puccini Libretto:Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica Original Director:Sir David McVicar Director: Elaine Kidd Conductor: Marco Guidarini Designer:Yannis Thavoris Reviewer: Val Baskott Puccini’s great masterpieceMadama Butterflyneeds little introduction. The Humming Chorus and Un bel diare fully absorbed into popular culture, and the moving theme of an exploited and deserted vulnerable girl still resonates today. Perhaps playing safe, or pragmatically ...

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The Perfect American – ENO at the Coliseum, London

Composer: Philip Glass Libretto: Rudy Wurlitzer Director: Phelim McDermott Reviewer: Natalie Barker [rating:5] Having premiered at the Teatro Real Madrid in January, Philip Glass' The Perfect American comes to ENO for a short run. Reviewers of the Madrid performance accused the opera of a hatchet job on Disney's reputation but, although not pretty, this is not a character assassination rather ...

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