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Royal Opera’s Don Carlo revival fails to ignite

Verdi: Don Carlo *** Royal Opera, Covent Garden, 12th May 2017 “What a day, what a day for an auto-da-fé” sings the chorus in Bernstein’s Candide, “It’s a lovely day for drinking and for watching people fry!” The Royal Opera … Continue reading

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Tears of blood among the cherry blossoms: La Scala make amends with a return to Puccini’s original Madama Butterfly

Puccini: Madama Butterfly **** Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 7th December 2016 For years I’ve wondered why Cio-Cio San refers to her bridegroom as F.B. Pinkerton when the Imperial Commissioner names him as Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton in the wedding ceremony. Was … Continue reading

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Eyes wide open, a shocker of a Rusalka at the Royal Opera

Dvořák: Rusalka  ** The Royal Opera, 27th February 2012 Rusalka is simply too good an opera to have waited until 2012 for its first staging by the Royal Opera. Dvořák’s fairy tale about the water nymph who falls in love … Continue reading

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