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NEWS: Scottish Opera take Madama Butterfly on the road

Scottish Opera brings one of the world’s most popular operas to Scotland this May as Puccini’s Madama Butterfly opens in Edinburgh before going on to perform in Glasgow, Inverness, Aberdeen and Belfast. The production will make a return to Glasgow in July to perform in the city during the Commonwealth Games. Internationally acclaimed Scottish director, Sir David McVicar’s unflinching production ...

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Manon Lescaut – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Composer: Giacomo Puccini Director: Mariusz Trelinski Conductor: Lothar Koenigs Reviewer: Marina Spark Plymouth’s Theatre Royal is playing host to the Welsh National Opera’s Fallen Women season, of which Manon Lescaut is their second in the bill of three operas. The plot surrounds the incomprehensibly desirable Manon; a beautiful, provocative, fascinating woman, played by Chiara Taigi. The hero of the opera ...

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Opera North: The Girl of the Golden West– The Lowry, Salford

Music by: Giacomo Puccini Libretto Guelfo Civini and Carlo Zangarini Director: Aletta Collins Conductor: Richard Farnes Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Sung in Italian with a story set during the California gold rush ‘The Girl of the Golden West’ could be described as a ‘spaghetti opera’. The gold miners who patronise The Polka saloon are not clichéd hard drinking gamblers. Instead they ...

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Welsh National Opera: Tosca – The Mayflower, Southampton

Music: Giacomo Puccini Director: Michael Blakemore Conductor: Simon Phillippo Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage [Rating:4.5]   The year is 1800, the place is Rome and the brutal regime of Baron Scarpia (Claudio Otelli) Chief of Police reigns. Painter Mario Cavaradossi (Gywn Hughes Jones) is in love with the beautiful singer Floria Tosca (Mary Elizabeth Williams) who is lusted after by Scarpia. As ...

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La Bohème – The Waterside Theatre Aylesbury

Music: Giacomo Puccini Lyrics: Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa Director: Ellen Kent Reviewer: Pete Benson [rating:4] The opening of Puccini’s La Bohème introduces us to four bohemian friends in their poor artists’ garret overlooking a vista of Paris. They joke and fool around, sing of their misery and swindle their landlord out of the rent they owe him. Rodolfo is ...

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Welsh National Opera: Madame Butterfly – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Giacomo Puccini Librettists: Luigi Illica &Giuseppe Giacosa Director: Joachin Herz Reviewer: Marina Spark [rating:4] Madame Butterfly is part of the Welsh National Opera’s spring 2013 Free Spirits tour. This classic opera tells a tale of absolute adoration and devastating heartbreak. Set near Nagasaki, Japan the story focuses on a young Japanese woman who falls in love with and marries ...

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Welsh National Opera: La Boheme – The Mayflower, Southampton

Composer: Giacomo Puccini Librettist: Giusepe Giacosa and Luigi Illica Original texts: Henry Murger Director: Annabel Arden Conductor: Simon Phillippo Reviewer: Ann Bawtree [rating:5] The ever popular opera La Boheme may be one of the very shortest in the history of the art but is undeniably not short on emotion. The curtain, bearing a sketched outline of the rooftops of Paris, ...

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Madame Butterfly – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Choreographer: David Nixon OBE Composer: Giacomo Puccini Musical Director: John Pryce-Jones Reviewer: Ray Taylor [Rating:5] What an absolutely stunning, ravishing evening! All that is required of the audience is to sit captivated by the heartfelt drama unfolding on the stage as the tragedy of Madame Butterfly’s love for the naval officer Pinkerton was played out in a scintillating blend of ...

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