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Don Giovanni – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Opera: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto: Lorenzo de Ponte Original Director: John Caird Revival Director: Caroline Chaney Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Welsh National Opera’s production of Don Giovanni was damned with faint praise when it was brought to the stage seven years ago. The main issue at that time – as has happened all too frequently with other productions of this musically ...

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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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WNO: The Marriage of Figaro – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Figaro - David Stout and Susanna - Anna Devin

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Librettist:Lorenzo Da Ponte English translation: Jeremy Sams Conductor: Lothar Koenigs Director: Tobias Richter 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 which the scoundrel gets a divorce. So second up is Mozart’s ...

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WNO: The Marriage of Figaro – Bristol Hippodrome

Figaro - David Stout and Susanna - Anna Devin

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Librettist:Lorenzo Da Ponte English Translation: Jeremy Sams Conductor: Timothy Burke Director: Tobias Richter Reviewer: Claire Hayes   Welsh National Opera brings The Marriage of Figaro to Bristol as part of its spring season, Figaro Forever, featuring one of opera’s best known comic characters. Mozart’s much-loved masterpiece is the second in this trio of works, sandwiched chronologically ...

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Figaro Gets a Divorce – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music: Elena Langer Libretto and Director: David Pountney Reviewer: Barbara Michaels   A collaboration between the Russian-born composer Elena Langer and Welsh National Opera’s innovative and artistic (not to mention highly articulate) director David Pountney was always going to be exciting. Figaro Gets a Divorce, conceived by Langer in collaboration with Pountney, is a sequel to The Marriage of Figaro ...

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The Marriage of Figaro – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Figaro - David Stout and Susanna - Anna Devin

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Librettist:Lorenzo Da Ponte English translation: Jeremy Sams Conductor:Lothar Koenigs Director: Tobias Richter Reviewer: Beth Steer   Part of the Welsh National Opera’s spring season, Figaro Forever, The Marriage of Figaro is a four act opera that sits between The Barber of Seville and Figaro Gets a Divorce to chronicle the life of one of opera’s most ...

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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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Cosi fan tutte – Bristol Hippodrome

Writer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Director: Benjamin Davies Reviewer: Shane Morgan [rating:4] In the programme notes, director Benjamin Davies identifies both sex and death as being major themes of not only Cosi fan tutte but also many other operas. In this case there is some of one and talk of the other. The plot centres around two couples – Fiordiligi is ...

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