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Un Ballo in Maschera – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music: Giuseppe Verdi Libretto: Antonio Somma  Director: David Pountney Reviewer: Barbara Michaels It would seem appropriate, give its close proximity to Valentine’s Day, for Welsh National Opera’s Spring Season to kick off with David Pountney’s new production of Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera, although, possibly, the assassination of mine host at said ball could hardly be termed desirable. Based loosely ...

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La Traviata – King’s Head Theatre, London

Writer: Becca Marriott Director: Helena Jackson Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty There’s certainly some “reimagining” done here, but not much of it is “radical”. Musically enjoyable, the new draft of the storyline and libretto from Becca Marriott (also one of the alternating singers for Violetta) seeks to modernise the plot, bringing in contemporary references and language. Engaging and sharp in places, it, ...

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La Traviata – Tricycle Theatre, London

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi Libretto: Robin Norton-Hale Orchestration: Harry Blake Director: Robin Norton-Hale Reviewer: Deborah Klayman Since their outstanding debut production of La Boheme in 2009, OperaUpClose have established themselves as a force to be reckoned. Far from the elitist image of the Grand Opera, founders Robin Norton-Hale, Adam Spreadbury-Maher and Ben Cooper managed to do the unthinkable – accessible fringe ...

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INTERVIEW: 10 Minutes with Robin Norton-Hale

Opera Up Close has developed a reputation for bringing fresh and intimate stagings of opera into new venues. Combining first class acting and singing and inventive orchestrations, the company has now staged 21 operas. As their production of Verdi's La traviata prepares to open at Kilburn's Tricycle Theatre, Opera Up Close's Artistic Director, Robin Norton-Hale, spoke to Glen Pearce about ...

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La Traviata – Grand Opera House, York

Writer: Alexandre Dumas the Younger Music: Giuseppe Verdi Libretto: Franceso Maria Piave Director: Ellen Kent Conductor: Vasyl Vasylenko Reviewer: Nicola Harrison   ‘Sempre libera degg´io folleggiare di gioia in gioia, O´che scorra il viver mio pei sentieri del piacer. Nasca il giorno, o il giorno muoia, sempre lieta ne´ ritrovi, A diletti sempre nuovi dee volare il mio pensier.’ ‘Free ...

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Opera North: La traviata – The Lowry, Salford

Score: Giuseppe Verdi, Libretto Francesco Maria Piave Conductor: Oliver von Dohnanyi Director: Alessandro Talevi Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Opera North’s visit to The Lowry this season is offering striking variety. After a sparkling comedy the company turn to one of the great tragedies with La traviata Courtesan Violetta (Anna Jeruc-Kopec) exchanges a life of careless sensual pleasure for one of constant ...

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La Traviata -Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director:Tom Cairns Composer: Giuseppi Verdi Conductor: David Afkham Reviewer: Marina Spark   The 2014 Glyndebourne Tour features La Traviata, the well-known, much loved opera that tracks the tragic demise of the beautiful courtesan, Violetta. Glyndebourne's unrivalled reputation for creating world class opera has stood up to itself in this instance and their production of La Traviata is magnificent. This classic ...

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La Traviata – The Lowry, Salford

Composer:Giuseppe Verdi Director: Alessandro Talevi Conductor: Gianluca Marcianò Reviewer: Donna Kelly Opera North’s new production of Verdi’s La Traviata may have been 15 years in the making but it’s certainly worth the wait. Fiercely passionate, profoundly moving and devastatingly tragic, La Traviata is widely considered the most popular opera of all time and is arguably Giuseppe Verdi’s best work. It ...

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