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Tosca – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Director: Michael Blakemore Revival Director: Benjamin Davis Conductor: Carlo Rizzi Reviewer: Emily Pearce As one of the genre’s most empathetic composers, Puccini’s Tosca has everything one might want and from high opera and melodrama. An opera about an opera singer trying to defend her politically doomed lover as the state rebels; Tosca is a story steeped in betrayal, murder and ...

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The Life – Southwark Playhouse

Music: Cy Coleman Lyrics: Ira Gasman Book: David Newman, Ira Gasman and Cy Coleman (revised by Michael Blakemore) Director: Michael Blakemore Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty During the past week someone on Twitter wondered in awe at just how much the writer Douglas Adams managed to fit into the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. At around 100 pages it’s a dense, intelligent, ...

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Welsh National Opera: Tosca – The Mayflower, Southampton

Music: Giacomo Puccini Director: Michael Blakemore Conductor: Simon Phillippo Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage [Rating:4.5]   The year is 1800, the place is Rome and the brutal regime of Baron Scarpia (Claudio Otelli) Chief of Police reigns. Painter Mario Cavaradossi (Gywn Hughes Jones) is in love with the beautiful singer Floria Tosca (Mary Elizabeth Williams) who is lusted after by Scarpia. As ...

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Tosca – Bristol Hippodrome

Music: Giacomo Puccini Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa &Luigi Illica Director: Michael Blakemore Revival director: Benjamin Davis Reviewer: Barbara Michaels [Rating:4] A mammoth among mammoths, Tosca runs the gamut of the emotions more, perhaps, than any other opera. Set in Rome in 1800, amid political unrest and a brutal police regime, the sheer scale of this opera is mind-blowing, with music that ...

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Welsh National Opera: Tosca – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music: Puccini Director: Michael Blakemore Reviewer: Emily Pearce [Rating:4.5] Tosca has everything you expect and would want from high opera. An opera about an opera singer, it is a story steeped in love, betrayal, murder and lust; and is, for many, the ultimate soprano diva rôle. WNO doesn’t disappoint here with its slow burning, yet thrilling production that notches up ...

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