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Effigies of Wickedness – Gate Theatre, London

Director: Ellen McDougall Reviewer: Stephen Bates News that Chinese television did not broadcast the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, because the authorities there objected to two seemingly gay dancers and a few tattoos, reminds us that state censorship has never gone away completely and gives weight to this revue made up of songs banned in Germany by the Nazis. The 85-minute ...

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Opera North’s Cavalleria rusticana and Trial by Jury – The Grand, Leeds

Cavalleria rusticana Music: Pietro Mascagni Libretto: Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci Director: Karolina Sofulak Trial by Jury Music: Arthur Sullivan Libretto: William Schwenck Gilbert Director: John Savournin Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Both Cavalleria rusticana and Trial by Jury are part of The Little Greats festival which Opera North is presenting this autumn.  The double bill of short operas makes up the evening’s lineup and both productions make their ...

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Hansel and Gretel (Opera North) – The Lowry, Salford

Composer: Engelbert Humperdinck  Author : Adelheid Wette based upon the story by the Brothers Grimm Director: Edward Dick  Conductor: Christoph Altstaedt Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Although Hansel and Gretel is relatively modest,with a cast of just six, Opera North are determined to offer value for money. Upon entering The Lowry patrons are greeted by the orchestra’s brass section playing in the ...

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Hansel and Gretel – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Engelbert Humpadinck Lyrics: Adelheid Wette Director: Edward Dick Conductor: Christoph Altstaedt Choreographer: Gary Clarke Reviewer: Sue Collier Having previously neither seen nor heard a production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera Hansel and Gretel, a reviewer is able to truly explore the strengths of this performance with a completely open mind. The story is a fairy tale opera in three acts, ...

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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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Opera North: The Barber of Seville – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Gioachino Rossini Libretto: Cesare Sterbini Writer: Pierre Canon de Beaumarchais English Translation: Robert David MacDonald Director: Giles Havergal Conductor: Stuart Stratford Reviewer: Malcolm Wallace For opera lovers Rossini’s Barber of Seville is one of the greats. An enduring classic that features regularly in every opera company’s programme that offers a hugely entertaining evening and rarely fails to fill the ...

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The Barber of Seville – The Grand, Leeds

Writer: Gioachino Rossini Conductor: Stuart Stratford Director: Giles Havergal Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent Opera North's latest production of The Barber of Seville is joyous and bright, taking on this classic story with a warm nod to tradition and many contemporary laughs. The story takes place in Seville, where the Count Almaviva is trying to woo the young Rosina, who lives under ...

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Last Night of the Summer Proms – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Hilary Davan Wetton Reviewer: James Garrington Birmingham’s Symphony Hall may not be everyone’s first choice of a place to go on a warm July evening, but the thought of a Last Night of the Summer Proms is enough to fill this wonderful concert hall to the rafters. Presented by the London Concert Orchestra, the audience are treated to an ...

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