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Turandot – Town Hall, Leeds

Music: Giacomo Puccini (Act III – Franco Alfano) Director: Annabel Arden Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Turandot is last of Puccini’s operas and is based on Carlo Gozzi’s play of the same name.  This season, Opera North is staging this new production in a concert format following the successful Wagner’s Ring Cycle last summer.  This is an opportunity to appreciate Puccini’s rich ...

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La bohème – Bristol Hippodrome

Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa & Luigi Illica Director: Annabel Arden Revival Director: Caroline Chaney Conductor: Manlio Benzi Reviewer: Claire Hayes Welsh National Opera (WNO)’s evocative 2012 production of Puccini’s La bohème returns to the stage for a well-deserved revival, as part of the company’s Love’s Poisoned Chalice season. Here, Annabel Arden’s original combination of strong vocal performances, atmospheric staging and clear ...

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Madam Butterfly – Milton Keynes Theatre

Composer: Giacomo Puccini Director: Joachim Herz Conductor: Andrew Greenwood Reviewer: Maggie Constable Puccini’s much-beloved Madam Butterfly brings to a climatic end Welsh National Opera’s Love’s Poisoned Chalice season at Milton Keynes this week. Director Joachim Herz’s traditional staging was first seen almost 40 years ago and certainly stands the test of time. It retains Puccini’s original concept but cleverly demonstrates imperial power at ...

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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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Tosca – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Music: Giacomo Puccini Libretto: Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa Director: Ellen Kent Conductor: Nicolae Dohotaru Reviewer: Sue Collier Puccini’s Tosca is an opera in three acts based on the story La Tosca by French playwright Victorien Sardou. The opera is set against the dramatic landscape of Rome, the Napoleonic Wars, and a corrupt Italian regime. Napoleon’s army is causing chaos ...

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Tosca – Grand Opera House, York

Music: Giacomo Puccini Lyrics: Luigi Illica, Giuseppe Giacosa Director: Ellen Kent Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood For one night only, Opera &Ballet International presented Ellen Kent’s Tosca at York’s Grand Opera House, starring an international cast of soloists and a critically acclaimed orchestra. Tosca is adapted fromVictorien Sardou’s five act dramaLa Tosca, a French play exploring true love, jealousy, betrayal, torture, murder ...

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Tosca – Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Composer: Giacomo Puccini Director: Ellen Kent Conductor: Vasyl Vasylenko Reviewer: Scott Matthewman It takes some chutzpah to make an opera’s tragic heroine – one whose demise ultimately provides the climax to the whole three-act piece – such a ridiculous figure in the opening act as Floria Tosca. A paranoid, mistrustful figure who becomes convinced her artist lover Cavaradossi is seeing ...

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