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The Marriage of Figaro – Theatre Royal, York

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Text: Lorenzo da Ponte, after Beaumarchais’ play Director: Blanche McIntyre Conductor: Christopher Stark Designer: Neil Irish Reviewer: Ron Simpson One of the many reasons The Marriage of Figaro is, for many of us, incomparably the greatest of comic operas is that the libretto is based on a great comic play. Thus, whilst there are plenty of ...

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Don Giovanni – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto: Lorenzo da Ponte Director: Alessandro Talevi Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Completing the bill of the Fatal Passions season this winter is Mozart’s Don Giovanni.  It is one of Mozart’s most popular operas, and the audience has the opportunity to re-evaluate the title character, Don Giovanni. He is particularly relevent today, especially with what has come to light recently via ...

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Don Giovanni – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto: Lorenzo da Ponte Translator: Amanda Holden Director/Designer: Richard Studer Conductor: Jonathan Lyness Reviewer: Kris Hallet One of the great joys in attending opera is the sheer opulence of it. With its large casts, generous orchestras and a set budget that would keep a Premier League footballer fed for a number of weeks, it is easy ...

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WNO: The Marriage of Figaro – Bristol Hippodrome

Figaro - David Stout and Susanna - Anna Devin

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Librettist:Lorenzo Da Ponte English Translation: Jeremy Sams Conductor: Timothy Burke Director: Tobias Richter Reviewer: Claire Hayes   Welsh National Opera brings The Marriage of Figaro to Bristol as part of its spring season, Figaro Forever, featuring one of opera’s best known comic characters. Mozart’s much-loved masterpiece is the second in this trio of works, sandwiched chronologically ...

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The Marriage of Figaro – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Figaro - David Stout and Susanna - Anna Devin

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Librettist:Lorenzo Da Ponte English translation: Jeremy Sams Conductor:Lothar Koenigs Director: Tobias Richter Reviewer: Beth Steer   Part of the Welsh National Opera’s spring season, Figaro Forever, The Marriage of Figaro is a four act opera that sits between The Barber of Seville and Figaro Gets a Divorce to chronicle the life of one of opera’s most ...

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WNO: Cosi Fan Tutte – Liverpool Empire Theatre

Book: Lorenzo da Ponte Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Director: Benjamin Davies Conductor: Mark Wrigglesworth Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin [Rating:4] With a plot to make a Panto blush it was apt for the Welsh National Opera to set Cosi Fan Tutte in a British resort with scenes often resembling saucy seaside postcards. The cynical Alfonso (Steven Page) convinces Italian sailors Ferrando (Andrew ...

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Le nozze di Figaro – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto: Lorenzo da Ponte Director: Michael Grandage Reviewer: Joan Phillips [Rating:4] Michael Grandage’s 2012 production of Le nozze di Figaro brings this 1786 classic opera crashing into the 1970’s with great humour. Complete with droopy moustache’s, long hair, kaftans, printed flares and velvet jackets, fans of the 70’s TV show Jason King or those who have ...

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Welsh National Opera: Cosi fan tutte – The Mayflower, Southampton

Composer: Mozart Librettist: Lorenzo da Ponte Director: Benjamin Davis Conductor: Mark Wigglesworth Reviewer: Ann Bawtree [rating:5]   Some can see deep philosophical and moral struggles between the characters as they strive to play out the story of “Cosi fan tutte”, however, to others it is a trivial tale of shallow people in whom it is hard to maintain any interest ...

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