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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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Opera North: The Bartered Bride – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Bedřich Smetana Libretto: Karel Sabina, English translation by Leonard Hancock and David Pountney with dialogue by Daniel Slater Director: Daniel Slater Conductor: Anthony Kraus Reviewer: Rich Jevons Right from the intro of Bedřich Smetana’s beautiful overture against a screen of graffiti-ridden notices for a Czech national holiday, we know we are in for a full-blown romantic comedy with a ...

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The Rape of Lucretia – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Music: Benjamin Britten Libretto: Ronald Duncan Director: Fiona Shaw Set Designer: Michael Levine Conductor: Jack Ridley [rating:5] Glyndebourne gave the premiere of Britten's chamber opera The Rape of Lucretia in 1946, starring Kathleen Ferrier in the title rôle. It hasn't been staged again by Glyndebourne until now, the year we are celebrating 100 years since the British composer's birth. As ...

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La bohème – Bristol Hippodrome

Music: Giacomo Puccini Director: Annabel Arden Reviewer: Holly Spanner [rating:4.5] This re-staging of Giacomo Puccini’s Opera La bohème, takes place in the winter of 1913; just one year before the First World War. Director Annabel Arden sets this timeless opera in the last moment before society changed forever, describing it as “the last flourishing of the old world”. It is ...

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Welsh National Opera: La Boheme – The Mayflower, Southampton

Composer: Giacomo Puccini Librettist: Giusepe Giacosa and Luigi Illica Original texts: Henry Murger Director: Annabel Arden Conductor: Simon Phillippo Reviewer: Ann Bawtree [rating:5] The ever popular opera La Boheme may be one of the very shortest in the history of the art but is undeniably not short on emotion. The curtain, bearing a sketched outline of the rooftops of Paris, ...

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La Bohème – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music: Giacomo Puccini Libretto: Guieseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica Director: Annabel Arden Reviewer: Barbara Michaels [Rating:5] Luciano Pavarotti once said of Puccini’s La Bohème, “As far as I am concerned, it is the perfect opera. The music perfectly suits the text. Each act has its own atmosphere and character, and each is beautifully constructed.” Director Annabel Arden’s innovative and sensitive ...

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