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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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ETO’s Iphigenie en Tauride – Exeter Norcott, Exeter

Hubert Smith

Composer: Christoph Willibald Gluck Librettist: Nicolas-François Guillard Conductor: Martin André Director: James Conway Reviewer:Kelyn Luther As part of their Spring 2016 season, English Touring Opera performs Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Iphigenie en Tauride, based on Euripedes’ Iphigenia in Tauris. The opera explores the aftermath of the events in Iphigenie en Aulis, which Gluck had written five years previously. The two operas ...

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ETO’s Pia de’ Tolomei – Exeter Norcott

Composer: Gaetano Donizetti Librettist: Salvadore Cammarano Conductor: John Andrews Director: James Conway Reviewer: Bryony Luther   Based on the second part of Dante’s classic poem, The Divine Comedyentitled Purgatoria, ETO continues their spring tour with the first British production of Donizetti’s, Pia de’ Tolomei. Ghino is in love with Pia, the wife of his brother. Pia and Nello were married ...

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Iphigénie en Tauride – The Lyceum, Sheffield

Hubert Smith

Composer: Christoph Willibald Gluck Director: James Conway Conductor: Martin André Reviewer: Sheila Stratford Iphigénie en Tauride opens with a most blood-curdling scene. The captive priestesses of the temple are butchering a man for human sacrifice having been ordered to do so by the Scythian leader Thoas. After a terrible storm, two more strangers arrive on the shores of the island ...

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New Year’s Eve Gala – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Anthony Inglis Reviewer: James Garrington New Year’s Eve. A time to reflect on the year that is ending, and look forward to what the New Year will bring: and if you’re lucky enough to have managed to get a ticket, a time to sit back and enjoy the traditional New Year’s Eve Gala in the wonderful surroundings of Symphony ...

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Eugene Onegin – The Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Music &Libretto: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Director: Richard Studer Translation: David Lloyd-Jones Reviewer: Barbara Michaels [Rating:4] Doyen of Russian literature, Alexander Pushkin, wrote the verse novel which forms the basis for Tchaikovsky’s lyrical operatic masterpiece Eugene Onegin. A love story running the gamut of emotions, it tells of the ill-fated love between the innocent country girl Tatyana and the worldly Eugene ...

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Ruddigore – Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Music: Arthur Sullivan Words: William Schwenck Gilbert Director: Jo Davies Conductor: Timothy Henty Reviewer: Edie R [rating:4.5]   When Ruddygore, the tenth Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, opened in January 1887, its composer Arthur Sullivan recorded that “the audience showed dissatisfaction”; and the comic double-act embarked on a programme of revisions, cuts and plot re-workings to rectify their reception, even altering ...

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