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The Magic Flute – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto: Emanuel Schikaneder translation Kit Hesketh-Harvey Conductor: Tobias Ringborg Director: Sir Thomas Allen Designer: Simon Higlett Lighting: Mark Jonathan Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Set in a steampunk landscape inspired by H.G. Wells and Jules Verne: a wicked queen, a handsome prince, a damsel in distress, high priests, a comedy side-kick, magical instruments, a serpent and some sorcerers ...

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Opera North: The Snow Maiden/ Snegurochka – The Lowry, Salford

Composer: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Director: John Fulljames Conductor Leo McFall Designer: Giles Cadle Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden is something of a collector’s item. Although it is a winter favourite in Russia it has not been performed in the UK for over sixty years. Director John Fulljames shows no sign of being daunted by such a significant event and ...

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The Snow Maiden – The Grand, Leeds

Music:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov               Director: John Fulljames Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Opera North is staging for the first time Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden and is part of the company’s fairy tale season this winter.  The Russian opera premiered in 1882 and was revised in 1898, and is based on Snegurochka, a Russian folk tale.  It follows the story of the Snow Maiden ...

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Opera North: The Bartered Bride – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Bedřich Smetana Libretto: Karel Sabina, Translator: Leonard Hancock and David Pountney with dialogue by Daniel Slater Director: Daniel Slater Conductor: James Holmes Reviewer: Laura Maley Opera North bring Spring to The Lowry with Daniel Slater’s 1998 version of Bedřich Smetana’s opera The Bartered Bride. Described as an excellent introduction for opera newcomers, on this showing it certainly seems apt. ...

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The Flying Dutchman – ENO, London Coliseum

Composer: Richard Wagner Director: Jonathan Kent Reviewer: Natalie Barker [rating:3] The Flying Dutchman was the perfect opera for a blustery April evening. There was a knowing laugh from the audience when the Norwegian sailor, Daland, sang of sailing over the rough seas; ‘such furious weather cannot last’. With regards to current meteorological conditions, one would certainly hope not. Wagner’s opera ...

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