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WNO: The Marriage of Figaro – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

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: Karen Bussell   WNO celebrates Beaumarchais’ money-loving, conniving rogue in its episodic spring tour Figaro Forever where Rossini and Mozart’s classics are joined by the world premiere of Langer’s sequel in which the scoundrel gets a divorce. So second up is Mozart’s ...

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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: Pelléas and Mélisande – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Composer: Claude Debussy Conductor: Lothar Koenigs Director: David Pountney Reviewer: Denis Lennon Welsh National Opera’s production of Claude Debussy’s Pelléas and Mélisande emanates a stench of death around the Donald Gordon Theatre at the Wales Millennium Centre. The aesthetic is almost medieval in its style from the enormous skeleton that encapsulates the set (Johan Engels), to the black and silver ...

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WNO: Hansel and Gretel – Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol

Composer: Engelbert Humperdinck Conductor: Lothar Koenigs Director: Richard Jones Reviewer: Laura Hesketh Richard Jones' Hansel and Gretel is a deliciously dark interpretation of the iconic fairy tale, which dwells on themes of gluttony and starvation, rather than fantastical witches and fairies, which will leave most hungry for more. The production truly captures the essence of the Brothers Grimm’s tale, and ...

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WNO: The Magic Flute – Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Director: Dominic Cooke Conductor: Lothar Koenigs Reviewer: Kris Hallett Dominic Cooke’sThe Magic Flutefor Welsh National Opera is already ten years old but, judging on its reception, will stay in the repertoire for years to come. Mozart’s 1791 piece is the definition of a populist hit; a masterwork by opera’s most popular composer; a meshing of styles ...

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WNO: Hansel and Gretel – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Composer: Engelbert Humperdinck Conductor: Lothar Koenigs Director: Richard Jones Reviewer: Marina Spark The Welsh National Opera is currently touring their production of the bleak, often frightening Brothers Grimm fairy taleHansel and Gretel. The production is more true to the Brothers Grimm than the romanticised later versions of the classic tale. The opera begins in a small, dreary, empty kitchen. Hansel ...

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Welsh National Opera: The Magic Flute – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Director: Dominic Cooke Conductor: Lothar Koenigs Reviewer: Marina Spark Every opera should begin with a man being pursued by a giant shrimp. This opening sets the scene very well for one of Mozart's more bizarre operas, The Magic Flute. The opera is full of magic, misunderstanding and metaphor. The hero, Tamino, is chased by this monstrous ...

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