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Idomeneo – Theatre Royal, York

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Text: Giambattista Varesco Conductor: Jonathan Peter Kenny Director: James Conway Designer: Frankie Bradshaw Reviewer: Ron Simpson Of the operas of Mozart’s maturity those in the opera seria style lack the popularity of the comedies and fantasies, so Idomeneo, though in no way a rarity, is far less familiar than, for instance, The Marriage of Figaro or ...

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Macbeth – Theatre Royal, York

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi Text: Francesco Maria Piave and Andrea Maffei, after Shakespeare Conductor: Gerry Cornelius Director: James Dacre Designer: Frankie Bradshaw Reviewer: Ron Simpson English Touring Opera has, in recent years, built a formidable reputation for the quality of its productions of baroque opera, but the company’s Spring 2019 tour offers operas by Verdi, Mozart and (though not in York) ...

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English Touring Opera: Idomeneo – Storyhouse, Chester

Book: Giambattista Varesco Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Director: James Conway Conductor: Jonathan Peter Kenny Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin English Touring Opera bring us a tale of great love and passion – but not one for the squeamish. Idomemeodeals with the human frailties of betrayal, self-interest and abuse of Royal position. It looks at the aftermath of war, captivity, displacement, exile, perilous ...

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Il Tabarro/Gianni Schicchi – Theatre Royal, York

Music: Giacomo Puccini Text: Giuseppe Adami (Tabarro), Giovacchino Forzano (Schicchi) Director: James Conway (Tabarro), Liam Steel (Schicchi) Conductor: Michael Rosewell Designer: Neil Irish Reviewer: Ron Simpson Puccini’s Il Trittico consists of three short operas, each coming in at just short of an hour, which provide a contrasting evening in the theatre: a realistic and tragic drama, a study of religious ...

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The Marriage of Figaro – Theatre Royal, York

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Text: Lorenzo da Ponte, after Beaumarchais’ play Director: Blanche McIntyre Conductor: Christopher Stark Designer: Neil Irish Reviewer: Ron Simpson One of the many reasons The Marriage of Figaro is, for many of us, incomparably the greatest of comic operas is that the libretto is based on a great comic play. Thus, whilst there are plenty of ...

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English Touring Opera: Tosca – The Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Music: Giacomo Puccini Text: Luigi Illica & Guiseppe Giacosta Director: Blanche McIntyre Reviewer: Charlotte Robson Puccini's Tosca is one of the few texts whose imagery and symbolism transcend the relatively insular medium of opera. A tale of love, death, jealousy and regret set against the backdrop of Napoleon's conquest of Europe, the surprisingly simple story is defined by the power ...

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Tosca – The Lyceum, Sheffield

Composer: Giacomo Puccini Director: Blanche McIntyre Conductor: Michael Rosewell Designer : Florence de Maré Reviewer: Sheila Stratford Love, passion, menace, lust, revenge, intrigue and murder; Puccini's opera Tosca has it all. These great passions lead to great misery. Set in Rome around the 1800s, Floria Tosca, a famous singer, and her lover, the artist Cavaradossi, become embroiled in the political ...

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Patience (or Bunthorne’s Bride) – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Writer/Composer  W.S. Gilbert/Arthur Sullivan Director: Liam Steel Conductor: Timothy Burke Designer: Florence de Mare Reviewer: Ron Simpson English Touring Opera’s Spring programme consists of two operas which have nothing in common stylistically despite being first performed within 20 years of each other. Puccini’s blood-boltered melodrama Tosca is teamed with Patience, an excellent choice as ETO’s first Gilbert and Sullivan. Like ...

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