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Un Ballo in Maschera – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music: Giuseppe Verdi Libretto: Antonio Somma  Director: David Pountney Reviewer: Barbara Michaels It would seem appropriate, give its close proximity to Valentine’s Day, for Welsh National Opera’s Spring Season to kick off with David Pountney’s new production of Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera, although, possibly, the assassination of mine host at said ball could hardly be termed desirable. Based loosely ...

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WNO’s Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Composer (Cavalleria Rusticana): Pietro Mascagni Composer (Pagliacci):Ruggero Leoncavallo Conductor: Carlo Rizzi Director:Elijah Moshinsky Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Cav &Pag – as they are affectionately known – are two short operas of just over an hour each, almost always performed in tandem. Described as ‘the perfect pairing’ on innumerable occasions, it is in some respects amazing that they have never lost their ...

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Il trovatore – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi Libretto: Salvadore Cammarano based on the play El trovador by Antonio Garcia Gutierrez Conductor: Tobias Ringborg Director: Martin Lloyd-Evans Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys The great Caruso famously stated: "all it takes for a successful performance of Il trovatore is the four greatest singers in the world", and it must be acknowledged that it is a brave company indeed ...

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NEWS: Jealousy and Revenge Explode onto the Stage at Scottish Opera

Scottish Opera will perform Verdi’s full-blooded and monumentalIl trovatorein a fiery production set to match the grandeur and drama of the music. Conjuring up the spirit of the Dark Ages, a world rife with superstition and ignorance, this turbulent tale follows an atrocious chain of events set in motion by an accusation of witchcraft. The stark, brooding lines of the ...

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Carmen – Mayflower, Southampton

Music: Georges Bizet Libretto: Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halevy Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage The Welsh National Opera arrives at Southampton’s Mayflower with a trio of operas under the title “Liberty or Death” that includes Rossini’s William Tell and Moses in Egypt plus the 1997 production of Georges Bizet’s Carmen. It was the latter that was on show last night. Presented with ...

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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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Welsh National Opera: Tosca – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music: Puccini Director: Michael Blakemore Reviewer: Emily Pearce [Rating:4.5] Tosca has everything you expect and would want from high opera. An opera about an opera singer, it is a story steeped in love, betrayal, murder and lust; and is, for many, the ultimate soprano diva rôle. WNO doesn’t disappoint here with its slow burning, yet thrilling production that notches up ...

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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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