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Opera North: Jenůfa – The Lowry, Salford

Composer : Leoš Janáček Libretto: Leoš Janáček after the play by Gabriela Preissova Director: Tom Cairns Conductor: Aleksandar Marković Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Opera North’s visit to The Lowry offers variety if nothing else with a comic opera, a musical and, tonight, a tragedy. Jenůfa is a dark and oppressive tale and no mistake. Composer Leoš Janáček melds a bleak subject ...

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Opera North: Jenůfa – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Leoš Janáček Director: Tom Cairns Choreographer: Aletta Collins Conductor: Aleksander Markovićl Reviewer: Tom Tollett In these cash-strapped times, Opera North are discovering a plethora of wonders at the back of the drawer. Recently, the welcome re-vamp of Giles Havergal's production of The Barber of Seville from 1986 and now, Tom Cairns' equally memorable 1995 Jenůfa. It is said that ...

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La Traviata -Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director:Tom Cairns Composer: Giuseppi Verdi Conductor: David Afkham Reviewer: Marina Spark   The 2014 Glyndebourne Tour features La Traviata, the well-known, much loved opera that tracks the tragic demise of the beautiful courtesan, Violetta. Glyndebourne's unrivalled reputation for creating world class opera has stood up to itself in this instance and their production of La Traviata is magnificent. This classic ...

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NEWS: Director Jonathan Mills reveals the full programme for his final Edinburgh International Festival

Today, at a press conference in Edinburgh, Director Jonathan Mills revealed the artists, companies and work from around the world that will fill the stages of Edinburgh’s annual cultural celebration. Over 2,400 artists from 43 nations have been invited to Edinburgh to perform in the annual showcase of the world’s great performing artists. Exploring the relationship between culture and conflict ...

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A Christmas Carol – Arts Theatre, London

Writer: Charles Dickens Director: Tom Cairns Reviewer: Michael Gray [Rating:4.5] It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas… A couple of inches of sparkly snow this morning, and then Simon Callow's masterly telling of that most seasonal of tales, Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Hardly a dramatization, with the various voices mostly just hinted at, and nothing like the author's own ...

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The Makropulos Case – Lowry Theatre, Salford

Music &Lyrics: Leos Janacek Director: Tom Cairns Conductor: Richard Farnes Reviewer: Iain Sykes [Rating:4.5] Legal proceedings, intrigue, virtual immortality, and a talented diva all seem unlikely subject for opera but in Leos Janacek’s The Makropulos Case, based on Karel Capek’s 1922 play of the same name, they combine perfectly into an opera which starts in a dull legal office and ...

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Edinburgh International Festival: The Makropulos Case – Festival Theatre

Writer: Leos Janacek Director: Tom Cairns Music: Richard Farnes Reviewer: Jonathan Goat [rating:4] Leoš Janáček's The Makropulos Case is the ultimate realisation of his modernist project. In this work his previous experimentation with the balance between rhythm and melody becomes ultimately justified, and most importantly, dramatically salient in a way he had never quite achieved before. The tension between the ...

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