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Idomeneo – Theatre Royal, York

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Text: Giambattista Varesco Conductor: Jonathan Peter Kenny Director: James Conway Designer: Frankie Bradshaw Reviewer: Ron Simpson Of the operas of Mozart’s maturity those in the opera seria style lack the popularity of the comedies and fantasies, so Idomeneo, though in no way a rarity, is far less familiar than, for instance, The Marriage of Figaro or ...

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English Touring Opera: Idomeneo – Storyhouse, Chester

Book: Giambattista Varesco Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Director: James Conway Conductor: Jonathan Peter Kenny Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin English Touring Opera bring us a tale of great love and passion – but not one for the squeamish. Idomemeodeals with the human frailties of betrayal, self-interest and abuse of Royal position. It looks at the aftermath of war, captivity, displacement, exile, perilous ...

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ETO: Xerxes – Exeter Northcott Theatre

Composer: George Frideric Handel Librettist: Adapted from Silvio Stampiglia’s 1694 libretto. English version by Nicholas Hytner. Conductor: Jonathan Peter Kenny Director: James Conway Reviewer: Kelyn Luther When Handel premiered Xerxes in 1738, it was a commercial failure - as an opera seria,  audiences did not expect comic elements. ETO has taken Nicholas Hytner’s 1985 English translation and successfully reset it in ...

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English Touring Opera: Ulysses’ Homecoming – Harrogate Theatre

Carolyn Dobbin as Penelope

Composer: Claudio Monteverdi Director: James Conway Conductor: Jonathan Peter Kenny Designer: Takis Reviewer: Ron Simpson With Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria from about 1640 – now translated, slightly less literally than usual, as Ulysses’ Homecoming – we are in at the dawn of opera: the same composer’s Orfeo may be the first opera and is certainly the earliest still ...

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ETO: Xerxes – Bath Theatre Royal

Composer: George Frideric Handel Conductor: Jonathan Peter Kenny Director: James Conway Reviewer: Kris Hallett For all the talk of Regietheater taking over our playhouses, for all the machinations of Goold and Icke, no one takes concept as seriously as the opera world. English Touring Opera’s take on Handel’s Xerxes lays out its stall from its opening moments, its famous opening aria Ombra mai fu, ...

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