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Don Giovanni – Eagle Works, Sheffield

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Writer: Lorenzo da Ponte (adapted) Director: Ashley Pearson Musical Director: Juliane Gallant Reviewer: Ron Simpson Opera on Location has been operating in the Sheffield area for five years, typically presenting two operas a year. Don Giovanni, intimately staged in a long narrow acting space with the audience on two sides, offers a modern slant on the ...

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The Marriage of Figaro – Theatre Royal, York

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Text: Lorenzo da Ponte, after Beaumarchais’ play Director: Blanche McIntyre Conductor: Christopher Stark Designer: Neil Irish Reviewer: Ron Simpson One of the many reasons The Marriage of Figaro is, for many of us, incomparably the greatest of comic operas is that the libretto is based on a great comic play. Thus, whilst there are plenty of ...

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The Magic Flute – CAST, Doncaster

Writer: Glyn Maxwell Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Orchestrator: Alex Beetschen Director: Valentina Ceschi Musical Director: David Keefe Designer: Emma Bailey Reviewer: Ron Simpson Posters and programme for OperaUpClose’s production rightly bill this as Mozart’s The Magic Flute in spite of the many reductions and changes. A performance that lasts only 1 hour 40 minutes of stage time and uses only ...

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Opera North: Don Giovani – The Lowry, Salford

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Director: Alessandro Talevi Conductor: Christoph Altstaedt Reviewer: Tate James Don Giovanni, lover and leaver extraordinaire, has arrived out of character at The Lowry in Salford. Mozart’s dark tale sees the famous scoundrel commit murder, provoke adultery and otherwise stir the pot before his inevitable comeuppance. Opera North’s latest incarnation paints the hero (is he actually the ...

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Don Giovanni – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Opera: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto: Lorenzo de Ponte Original Director: John Caird Revival Director: Caroline Chaney Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Welsh National Opera’s production of Don Giovanni was damned with faint praise when it was brought to the stage seven years ago. The main issue at that time – as has happened all too frequently with other productions of this musically ...

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Don Giovanni – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto: Lorenzo da Ponte Director: Alessandro Talevi Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Completing the bill of the Fatal Passions season this winter is Mozart’s Don Giovanni.  It is one of Mozart’s most popular operas, and the audience has the opportunity to re-evaluate the title character, Don Giovanni. He is particularly relevent today, especially with what has come to light recently via ...

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Ensemble 360: Passion/Patronage – CAST, Doncaster

Violinist Benjamin Nabarro

Reviewer: Ron Simpson Ensemble 360 continues the wonderfully democratic approach to music making pioneered by the late Peter Cropper with the Lindsay Quartet at Sheffield’s Crucible Studio. When Cropper and the Lindsays gave up Music in the Round, Ensemble 360 took it on and has now established a further outpost at CAST in Doncaster. The Second Space at CAST can ...

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WNO: The Marriage of Figaro – Bristol Hippodrome

Figaro - David Stout and Susanna - Anna Devin

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Librettist:Lorenzo Da Ponte English Translation: Jeremy Sams Conductor: Timothy Burke Director: Tobias Richter Reviewer: Claire Hayes   Welsh National Opera brings The Marriage of Figaro to Bristol as part of its spring season, Figaro Forever, featuring one of opera’s best known comic characters. Mozart’s much-loved masterpiece is the second in this trio of works, sandwiched chronologically ...

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