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Sunken Garden – Barbican, London

Writer: Composed by Michel van der Aa, libretto by David Mitchell Director: Michel van der Aa Reviewer: Lizzie Kirkwood [rating:3] Sunken Garden, an English National Opera production at The Barbican, is a 3D mystery occult film opera. It’s not a surprise to discover that it’s a first for the ENO, and for the world. A collaboration between composer Michel van ...

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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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The Mikado – ENO at the Coliseum, London

Author: WS Gilbert Composer: Arthur Sullivan Original Director: Jonathan Miller Revival Director: Elaine Tyler-Hall Reviewer: Ann Bawtree [rating:4.5] A first night is always exciting, even if it is the first night of the revival of a favourite production now entering its second quarter century. Freed from the constraints put upon stagings of any Gilbert and Sullivan work which were in ...

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Jephtha – Bristol Hippodrome

Music: George Frideric Handel Libretto: Thomas Morell Director: Katie Mitchell Reviewer: Barbara Michaels [Rating:4] Keeping his word is second nature to a man of integrity, but to do so, Jephtha must kill his own daughter. In this opera, based on a story in the Old Testament, Jephtha is a soldier, brought back from banishment to lead the Israelites against the ...

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Billy Budd – English National Opera at the Coliseum, London

Composer: Benjamin Britten Libretto: E.M. Forster and Eric Crozier Director: David Alden Reviewer: Lilla Grindlay [rating:3.5] Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd is the tragic tale of an idealistic young man who is press-ganged to join the crew of the ship the HMS Indomitable in 1797. Billy is a strong and able sailor with only one physical defect – an occasional stammer. ...

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