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Manon Lescaut – Opera Holland Park, London

Composer: Giacomo Puccini Director: Karolina Sofulak Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty The witty, flighty, engaging music from the start of Puccini’s years of fame is not enough to bring flat rendering of Manon Lescaut into 3D. The main cast sing well, Elizabeth Llewellyn in the titular role especially, but in a production filled with contradiction and compromise there’s much to be desired. ...

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Katya Kabanova – Leeds Grand

Music/Libretto: Leoš Janáček Director: Tim Albery Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Janáček’s Katya Kabanova returns to Opera North’s repertoire for the winter season after this production premiered in 2007. This three-act opera is based on V. Červinka’s translation of Ostrovsky’s The Storm which exposes the societal attitudes among the Russian’s merchant class. Set by the Volga River, the opera is about Katya ...

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Powder Her Face – Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Writer: Thomas Adès Director: Antony McDonald Conductor: Nicholas Chalmers Reviewer: Colm G Doran   The Lyric Theatre is host to the Irish premiere of Powder Her Face, a co-production between Northern Ireland Opera and Opera Theatre Company. Written by Thomas Adès, directed by Antony McDonald, accompanied by the Ulster Orchestra, and conducted by Nicholas Chalmers, this piece tells the story ...

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