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Northern Ballet’s Madame Butterfly with Perpetuum Mobile – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Directors: Christopher Hampson (Perpetuum Mobile) and David Nixon OBE (Madame Butterfly) Reviewer: Maggie Constable Two contrasting dance pieces in one evening at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre this weekend-what a delight! Europe’s Best Dance Company, Northern Ballet, brings us Scottish Ballet’s Perpetuum Mobile and the acclaimed Madame Butterfly. We commence with the former, a seventeen minute aperitif as light and fizzing as ...

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Madame Butterfly with Perpetuum Mobile – Curve Leicester

Conductor John Pryce Jones DirectorDavid Nixon Music Giacomo Puccini Reviewer: Farhana Shaikh The Northern Ballet’s latest production of Madame Butterfly with Perpetuum Mobile is energetic and evocative theatre at its very best. The show starts with a seventeen minute performance of Perpetuum Mobile – set to Bach’s music – and is a marriage of music and classical ballet steps. As ...

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Northern Ballet: Madame Butterfly – Liverpool Playhouse

Music: Giacomo Puccini Choreographer: David Nixon Conductor: Nathan Fifield Reviewer: John Roberts Madame Butterfly has been adapted/translated/re-visited many times before in many different ways, its story of love and tragic loss is timeless and strikes a chord with every new generation that is introduced to its heartbreaking story, however in this production choreographed by David Nixon for Northern Ballet something ...

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La Bohème– Theatre Royal, Norwich

Music: Giacomo Puccini Director: James Conway Reviewer: Lu Greer   La Bohème, one of Puccini’s most well-known operas, begins the English Touring Opera’s three night stint at the Norwich Theatre Royal which is to also include Donisetti’s The Wild Man Of the West Indies. La Bohème, set in the Latin quarter of Paris, focuses on the lives of penniless bohemians ...

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Ellen Kent: Madama Butterfly – The Opera House, Manchester

Composer: Giacomo Puccini Director: Ellen Kent Conductor: Nicolae Dohotaru Reviewer: Sebastian Farrell Madama Butterfly is an opera in two acts by Giacomo Puccini “the greatest composer of Italian opera after Verdi” and funnily enough following Verdi again at the Opera House this week after Verdi’s ‘Rigoletto’ played the previous evening to great acclaim. The libretto of the opera is based ...

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La vida breve and Gianni Schicchi (Opera North) – The Lowry, Salford

Score: Manuel de Falla and Giacomo Puccini Conductor: Jac van Steen Director: Christopher Alden Reviewer: Dave Cunningham   During this visit to The Lowry Opera North have given us a comedy and a tragedy; tonight we get one of each. La vida breve starts with a sense of grim foreboding. Highly-strung Salud (Anne Sophie Duprels) anxiously waits for the arrival ...

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Opera First: Madame Butterfly – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Music: GiacomoPuccini Director: Richard Studer Conductor: Jonathan Lyness Reviewer: Claire Hayes Opera Project first performed in the intimate setting of the Factory Theatre in 2003, and proved so popular that the company has been returning every autumn since with a fresh production. This year, they’ve chosen to stage Madame Butterfly, sung in English and with a new orchestration for 13 ...

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Opera North: La Boheme – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Giacomo Puccini Libretto: Giuseppe Giacoso and Luigi IllicaAnita Director: Phyllida Lloyd Revival Director: Michael Barker-Caven Conductor: Andreas Delfs Reviewer: Jo Beggs Phyllida Lloyd’s La Boheme is squalid. Nobody’s going away tonight with romantic visions of bohemian Paris, the charmed life of the artist, starving but nourished by his own genius. Lloyd pairs this extraordinary opera back to the bare ...

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