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The Damnation of Faust – Leeds Town Hall

Composer: Hector Berlioz Conductor: Simon Wright Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Opera North is reputed for their variety of operas and other works which are hosted season after season.  Their orchestra and choirs, however, are a success in their own right and are regular features in the Leeds International Concert Seasons.  On this occasion Orchestra of Opera North plays Hector Berlioz’s The ...

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The Rape of Lucretia – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Music: Benjamin Britten Libretto: Ronald Duncan Director: Fiona Shaw Set Designer: Michael Levine Conductor: Jack Ridley [rating:5] Glyndebourne gave the premiere of Britten's chamber opera The Rape of Lucretia in 1946, starring Kathleen Ferrier in the title rôle. It hasn't been staged again by Glyndebourne until now, the year we are celebrating 100 years since the British composer's birth. As ...

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The Barber Of Seville – English National Opera at the London Coliseum

Composer: Gioachino Rossini Original Director : Jonathan Miller Revival Director : Peter Relton Reviewer: Michael Gray [rating:4] Jonathan Miller's classic staging of the Barber returns to St Martin's Lane for the eleventh revival, a quarter of a century after its first performances. No director's ego on view here, though. Miller has been scathing about the more bizarre operatic visions of ...

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