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WNO: Orlando – Bristol Hippodrome

Composer: George Frideric Handel Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini Director: Harry Fehr Reviewer: Claire Hayes With so many characters at the extremes of emotion, opera might reasonably lay claim to madness as a pre-requisite. Yet, while there could be no shortage of suitable candidates for Welsh National Opera’s 2015 Madness season, Handel’s frequently overlooked Orlando, originally performed in London in 1733, still ...

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WNO: Orlando – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Composer: George Frideric Handel Director: Harry Fehr Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini Reviewer: Emily Pearce Welsh National Opera continues its Madness season with a revival of Scottish Opera’s 2011 production of Handel’s Orlando. This sometimes overlooked work has been updated from myth and legend to a hospital wing set in World War II. Still a renowned soldier, but now remoulded as a ...

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WNO: The Magic Flute – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Director: Dominic Cooke Conductor: Simon Phillippo Reviewer: Emily Pearce Dominic Cooke’s staging for Welsh National Opera of Mozart’s final operais now ten years old; this latest revival is part of the themed season A Terrible Innocence, of which new productions of Richard Ayres’ Peter Pan and Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande are also featured. On the whole, ...

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Welsh National Opera: Anna Bolena – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music: Gaetano Donizetti Libretto: Felice Romani Director: Alessandro Televi Reviewer: Jacqui Onions [rating:3.5] A first for the Welsh National Opera, Anna Bolena follows the events leading up to the end of Anne Boleyn’s life. Beginning at the point of the birth of her daughter, Elizabeth, Henry VIII has lost interest in his wife and turned his attentions to lady in ...

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Welsh National Opera: La Boheme – The Mayflower, Southampton

Composer: Giacomo Puccini Librettist: Giusepe Giacosa and Luigi Illica Original texts: Henry Murger Director: Annabel Arden Conductor: Simon Phillippo Reviewer: Ann Bawtree [rating:5] The ever popular opera La Boheme may be one of the very shortest in the history of the art but is undeniably not short on emotion. The curtain, bearing a sketched outline of the rooftops of Paris, ...

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