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Glyndebourn Opera: The Turn of the Screw – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Composer: Benjamin Britten Conductor: Leo McFall Director: Jonathan Kent Reviewer: Marina Sparks The classic 19th century novel The Turn of the Screw by Henry James is the third opera in Glyndebourne’s 2014 season The gothic ghost story is brought to life by Benjamin Britten’s atmospheric score. The score itself is ecclectic, varied and spontaneous. A staunch opera traditionalist may miss ...

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La Traviata -Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director:Tom Cairns Composer: Giuseppi Verdi Conductor: David Afkham Reviewer: Marina Spark   The 2014 Glyndebourne Tour features La Traviata, the well-known, much loved opera that tracks the tragic demise of the beautiful courtesan, Violetta. Glyndebourne’s unrivalled reputation for creating world class opera has stood up to itself in this instance and their production of La Traviata is magnificent. This classic ...

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The Turn of the Screw– Theatre Royal, Norwich

Writer: Henry James Composer: Benjamin Britten Libretto:Myfanwy Piper Director: Jonathan Kent Reviewer: Lu Greer   Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw tells the story of a governess who travels to work at a remote country house after the untimely demise of the last person to hold the rôle. She takes care of Miles and Flora, in the absense of ...

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La Finta Giardiniera – The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Lyrics: Anonymous text, thought to be by Giuseppe Petrosellini after Goldoni Director: Frederic Wake-Walker Conductor: Christopher Moulds Reviewer: Tim Frost   Mozart’s second opera is no Figaro but it shows that the eighteen year old already possessed a dramatic understanding and compositional lightness that belied his years. First performed in Munich in January 1775, it closed ...

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Glyndebourne’s L’Elisir D’Amore – Milton Keynes Theatre

Composer: Donizetti Director: Annabel Arden Design: Lez Brotherston Conductor: Pancho Gonzáles Reviewer: Maggie Constable [rating:4.5] Glyndebourne’s 45th annual tour visits Milton Keynes Theatre this week. The Tour showcases some of the most exciting new operatic talent in the UK. Annabel Arden’s fabulously romantic 2007 production of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore features rising American tenor Christopher Tiesi in his debut rôle as ...

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INTERVIEW: 10 minutes with… Duncan Rock

The Rape of Lucretia - Duncan Rock

2013 marks the 45th annual Glyndebourne Tour, with its continuing aim to bring world-class opera to a wider audience and to create performing opportunities for young artists. In addition to revival productions of Hansel und Gretel and L’elisir d’amore the tour also includes Fiona Shaw’s new production of Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, an opera that hasn’t been produced ...

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Hansel und Gretel – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Composer: Engelbert Humperdinck Libretto: Adelheid Wette Director: Laurent Pelly Revival Director: James Bonas Reviewer: Lu Greer [Rating:4]   Probably one of the best known of the Grimm fairy tales, Hansel and Gretel tells the story of two impoverished German children who are abandoned one day in the forest. The siblings being trapped by a wicked witch who lives in a ...

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Le nozze di Figaro – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto: Lorenzo da Ponte Director: Michael Grandage Reviewer: Joan Phillips [Rating:4] Michael Grandage’s 2012 production of Le nozze di Figaro brings this 1786 classic opera crashing into the 1970’s with great humour. Complete with droopy moustache’s, long hair, kaftans, printed flares and velvet jackets, fans of the 70’s TV show Jason King or those who have ...

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