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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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Il trovatore – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi Libretto: Salvadore Cammarano based on the play El trovador by Antonio Garcia Gutierrez Conductor: Tobias Ringborg Director: Martin Lloyd-Evans Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys The great Caruso famously stated: "all it takes for a successful performance of Il trovatore is the four greatest singers in the world", and it must be acknowledged that it is a brave company indeed ...

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Fidelio – Coliseum, London

Composer: Beethoven Director: Calixto Bieito Reviewer: Christopher Owen [rating:2] When Leonore suspects her husband Florestan is being held captive by Don Pizarro in his intricate prison fortress, she disguises herself as a boy, Fidelio and assists to the prison guard while secretly in search for her love and aiming to win the fight over injustice. Fidelio is Beethoven's only opera ...

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Scottish Opera: Werther – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Music: Jules Massenet Libretto: Eduard Blau, Paul Milliet, Georges Hartmann Director: Pia Furtado Conductor: Francesco Corti Reviewer: Val Baskott [rating:4] Scottish Opera continues its 50th Anniversary season with an intense production of Werther; Massenet’s drame lyrique loosely based on Goethe’s novel The Sorrows of Young Werther. It's a simple tale of obsessional love constrained by social convention with an inevitable ...

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