Author Archives: Mark Pullinger

Lemoyne’s Phèdre: intense mythological drama at the Bouffes du Nord

Lemoyne: Phèdre **** Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Paris, 8th June 2017 If you’d told me that Phèdre had been composed by Gluck, I’d have completely believed you. Instead, the composer of this tragédie lyrique was Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne (1751-1796) of … Continue reading

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Halévy’s La Reine de Chypre claims three tenor victims in Paris

Halévy: La Reine de Chypre *** Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, 7th June 2017 The only opera you’re ever likely to encounter by Fromental Halévy is La Juive, which probably qualifies the composer as a “one hit wonder”. But Halévy wrote around … Continue reading

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Don Giovanni all at sea at Opera Holland Park

Mozart: Don Giovanni ** Opera Holland Park, 3rd June 2017 This production opens like the perfect whodunnit. Passengers embark with their luggage aboard an ocean liner for a transatlantic cruise, busily locating their cabins. Within moments there’s an attempted rape, … Continue reading

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All that glitters: Miskimmon’s hyperactive Semele opens Garsington’s season

Handel: Semele *** Garsington Opera, 1st June 2017 “Endless pleasure” could almost be the anthem of opera festivals up and down the country, accompanied by images of long interval picnics and rolling lawns basking beneath golden late afternoon sun. Garsington … Continue reading

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Giant haystacks: Pelly’s sunny L’elisir d’amore romps back to Covent Garden

Donizetti: L’elisir d’amore **** The Royal Opera, 27th May 2017 This was meant to be Pretty Yende’s night. The South African soprano, praised for her bel canto feats at houses like The Met and Paris, was making her much-anticipated Royal … Continue reading

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