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Die Fledermaus – Bristol Hippodrome

Music: Johann Strauss II Libretto: Carl Haffner & Richard Genee Director: John Copley Conductor: James Southall Reviewer: Kris Hallett The ball is back in fashion and never went away. Or at least so it appears at Bristol Hippodrome where Johann Strauss II Die Fledermaus is currently floating as light as meringue and as exquisite as syrup to be Welsh National ...

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Welsh National Opera: Die Fledermaus – Liverpool Empire

Composer: Johann Strauss II Director: John Copley Conductor:  James Southall Revival Director: Sarah Crisp Reviewer: Daryl Holden “This evening, we will have a boring domestic comedy”. With this particular joke arising midway through the second act of Welsh National Opera’s Die Fledermaus, you would be forgiven for thinking that they are indeed talking about their own show. For the most ...

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Welsh National Opera: La Vin Herbé – Bristol Hippodrome

Composer: Frank Martin English Translation: Hugh Macdonald Director: Polly Graham Conductor: James Southall Reviewer: Kris Hallett Love’s Poisoned Chalice is the theme of Welsh National Opera’s Spring Season and it doesn’t get much more literal than that in Frank Martin’s take on the love affair of Tristan and Iseult in La Vin Herbé. Here the poison is real, a potion ...

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WNO – Le Vin herbé, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Composer: Franck Martin Director:  Polly Graham Conductor: James Southall Reviewer: Emily Pearce When asked what about opera can put people off, typical answers can range from, ‘It’s too long!’ to, ‘It’s in a different language that I won’t understand’ and ‘It’s people in funny costumes wailing and dying!’. The third comment being somewhat true no matter what you see aside, ...

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WNO: Barber of Seville – Lyric, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Composer: Gioachino Rossini Librettist:Cesare Sterbini English Translation: Jeremy Sams Conductor: James Southall Director: Sam Brown Reviewer:Karen Bussell   WNO celebrates Beaumarchais’ money-loving, conniving rogue in its episodic spring tour Figaro Forever where Rossini and Mozart’s classics are joined by the world premiere of Langer’s sequel in which the scoundrel gets a divorce. Opening with Sam Brown’s take on Rossini’s The ...

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