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Belly laugh: Verdi’s Falstaff ends CBSO season in high spirits

Verdi: Falstaff **** Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 13th July 2016 Laughter is indeed the best medicine. As we try and make sense of the continuing political fallout post EU referendum, the CBSO offered the perfect prescription in the ample form of … Continue reading

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Inspired by Shakespeare: a London gala to celebrate The Bard

Shakespeare400 Gala: LPO/Jurowski *** Royal Festival Hall, 23rd April 2016 “If music be the food of love, play on, give me excess of it.” There was certainly plenty of Shakespeare-inspired music on the bill for the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s celebration … Continue reading

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A second helping for Carsen’s delicious Falstaff at the Royal Opera

Verdi: Falstaff ***** Royal Opera, 6th July 2015 If “all the world’s a jest”, as Sir John Falstaff claims at the end of Verdi’s final operatic masterpiece, then we need players – and directors – with a sense of frivolity. … Continue reading

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Latonia Moore a staggeringly good Aida at Covent Garden

Verdi: Aida **** The Royal Opera, 10th April 2011 When David McVicar’s production of Aida premièred at Covent Garden last spring, Antony Lias concluded, “All the Royal Opera now needs to do is find us an Aida worthy of singing … Continue reading

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