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The Merry Widow – Leeds Grand

Music: Franz Lehár Libretto: Victor Léon and Leo Stein Director: Giles Havergal Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Opera North’s focus for this season is to link the theme of Before War, and After, for the centenary of the end of the First World War. The Merry Widow made its premiere in 1905, at the height of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, in Vienna. Opera ...

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The Second Violinist  – Barbican, London

Composer:  Donnacha Dennehy Writer and Director:  Enda Walsh Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Premiering in Galway last summer, The Second Violinist comes to the Barbican trailing accolades in its wake, but after viewing this modern opera it is hard to justify all the praise. It’s a multi-media mess. Co-produced by Landmark and Irish National Opera it’s surprising that things are such a ...

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Opera North: Così Fan Tutte – Grand Theatre, Leeds

The cast of Opera North in Cosi Fan Tutte

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto: Lorenzo da Ponte Director: Tim Albery Conductor: Jac van Steen Reviewer: Rich Jevons Così Fan Tutte is translated into the rather misogynistic ‘Thus Do All Women’ or more contemporarily, ‘Women – They’re All Like For That’. But really, Mozart’s masterpiece is more accurately translated as ‘The School for Lovers’, as both men and women alike ...

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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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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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