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Cav & Pag: a nostalgia trip for Welsh National Opera

Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana; Leoncavallo: Pagliacci **** Welsh National Opera, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 29th May 2016 Welsh National Opera may have reached the ripe old age of seventy but it’s very much alive and kicking. It celebrates this milestone Janus-like, looking … Continue reading

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Barbed wire and gruel: cold comfort in ENO’s Force of Destiny

Verdi: La forza del destino *** English National Opera, 9th November 2015 “A co-production with Metropolitan Opera”: five words which probably explain why Calixto Bieito’s new production of Verdi’s The Force of Destiny for English National Opera is – for … Continue reading

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Sweltering heat, Spanish passions: Verdi’s Ernani in concert

Verdi: Ernani *** Chelsea Opera Group, Queen Elizabeth Hall, 3rd July 2015 It’s inconceivable that The Royal Opera can have offered us two productions of Verdi’s I due Foscari in the past two decades, yet has never staged its immediate … Continue reading

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Classic production of Madama Butterfly receives a red-blooded performance

Puccini: Madama Butterfly *** Welsh National Opera, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, 23rd March 2013 As Lieutenant Pinkerton peruses his new house, a traditional Japanese construction with sliding shoji paper doors, purchased on a 999 year lease – with an option to … Continue reading

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Pulling the strings: ENO’s widescreen Butterfly

Puccini: Madam Butterfly *** English National Opera, 8th May 2012 Madam Butterfly is one of two operas virtually guaranteed to bring tears to the eyes of this traditionally stony-hearted critic (The Cunning Little Vixen is the other, should you be interested, so … Continue reading

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