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The Cunning Little Vixen – Birmingham Hippodrome

Composer and Libretto: Leoš Janáček Conductor: Tomáš Hanus Director: David Pountney Reviewer: C L Delft Janáček’s Cunning Little Vixen had its genesis in a comic-strip printed in a Czech newspaper in the early 1920s: an ongoing tale about the adventures of a clever she-fox.  In creating his opera, the composer transcended this very simple material to produce a multi-faceted work ...

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Roberto Devereux – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music: Gaetano Donizetti Libretto: Salvadore Cammarano Director: Alessandro Talevi Reviewer: Barbara Michaels A stunning revival for Welsh National Opera’s take on Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux – one of the least known of the great composer’s operatic works (over seventy in total).  Definitely a case of “last is best” for WNO’s presentation of the third of the so-called ‘Tudor Trilogy’, despite being ...

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Un Ballo in Maschera – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music: Giuseppe Verdi Libretto: Antonio Somma  Director: David Pountney Reviewer: Barbara Michaels It would seem appropriate, give its close proximity to Valentine’s Day, for Welsh National Opera’s Spring Season to kick off with David Pountney’s new production of Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera, although, possibly, the assassination of mine host at said ball could hardly be termed desirable. Based loosely ...

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From the House of the Dead – Bristol Hippodrome

Music & Libretto: Leoš Janáček (libretto from Dostoyevsky’s novel, English translation by David Pountney) Director: David Pountney Designer: Maria Bjornson Lighting: Chris Ellis Conductor: Tomáš Hanus Reviewer: Leah Tozer The curtain rises on an intricate, ramshackle construction of bricks, boards, and broken men cascading across a remarkable, multi-levelled recreation of a communal prison cell. We see in, through a literal ...

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Opera North: Il Tabarro / Suor Angelica – The Lowry, Salford

 Music:  Giacomo Puccini Libretto: Giuseppe Adami and Giovacchino Forzano Director: David Pountney and Michael Barker-Caven Conductor: Jac van Steen  Reviewer: Dave Cunningham In the current programme of Opera North shows at The Lowry the double bill of Il Tabarro / Suor Angelica feels like the runt of the litter. After all the other shows are more famous, have lavish sets ...

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Il tabarro/Suor Angelica – The Grand, Leeds

Anne Sophie Duprels as Sister Angelica

Music: Giacomo Puccini Lyrics: Giuseppe Adami (Il tabarro), Giovacchino Forzano (Suor Angelica) Director: David Pountney (Il tabarro), Michael Barker-Caven (Suor Angelica) Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Opera North’s Season of Secrets introduces its double bill of Puccini’s, Il Tabarro and Suor Angelica. Both one-act operas are part of Puccini’s Il trittico, a trio of operas, both premiering in 1918 and sung in ...

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The Merchant of Venice – Welsh National Opera, Wales Millennium Centre

From the play by: William Shakespeare Composer: André Tchaikovsky Librettist: John O’Brien Director: Keith Warner Reviewer: Barbara Michaels The long-awaited UK premiere of the operatic version of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice opens up again the question of whether or not the immortal words of the Bard are given added glory or not when set to a musical score. Welsh National ...

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WNO: Figaro Gets a Divorce- Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Composer: Elena Langer Librettist &Director: David Pountney Reviewer:Karen Bussell WNO celebrates Beaumarchais’ money-loving, conniving rogue in its episodic spring tour Figaro Forever where Rossini and Mozart’s classics are joined by the world premiere of Langer’s sequel. In a dark departure from the frothy frivolity of Rossini and Mozart’s comic canters, director and librettist David Pountney and composer Elena Langer have ...

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