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Hamlet (Glyndebourne) – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Neil Armfield Composer: Brett Dean Librettist: Matthew Jocelyn Reviewer: Helen Tope Hamlet seems tailor-made for opera. A story of loyalty and revenge, it has all the core components. To amplify Shakespeare’s play into the larger-than-life dynamics needed for opera, nerves of steel are required. Too little, and the opera falls flat. Too much, and you lose the subtlety of ...

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Hamlet – Milton Keynes Theatre

Libretto: Matthew Jocelyn  Music: Brett Dean Director: Neil Armfield Reviewer: Maggie Constable The disturbed, nay tormented, Hamlet, eponymous hero of Glyndebourne’s acclaimed opera, seeks revenge for his beloved father’s death and so begins one of the most infamous Shakespearean tragedies of all time at Milton Keynes Theatre tonight. It is worse still when poor, beleaguered Hamlet discovers the culprit of the King ...

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La vida breve and Gianni Schicchi (Opera North) – The Lowry, Salford

Score: Manuel de Falla and Giacomo Puccini Conductor: Jac van Steen Director: Christopher Alden Reviewer: Dave Cunningham   During this visit to The Lowry Opera North have given us a comedy and a tragedy; tonight we get one of each. La vida breve starts with a sense of grim foreboding. Highly-strung Salud (Anne Sophie Duprels) anxiously waits for the arrival ...

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