Tag Archives: Marta Fontanals-Simmons

Downtown Nagasaki comes to Glyndebourne in Annilese Miskimmon’s Madama Butterfly

Puccini: Madama Butterfly *** Glyndebourne, 14th October 2016 How picturesque do you like your Puccini? Do you take your Turandot sweet or sour? How much lacquer is layered over your ideal Madama Butterfly? If you imagine a backdrop of Nagasaki … Continue reading

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Circle of Life: Janáček’s Cunning Little Vixen returns to Glyndebourne

Janáček: The Cunning Little Vixen **** Glyndebourne Festival Opera, 12th June 2016 Seventy years before Elton John’s “The Circle of Life” graced The Lion King, Leoš Janáček celebrated nature’s cycle in The Cunning Little Vixen. His inspiration was drawn from … Continue reading

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The value of Nothing: a dark operatic thriller at Glyndebourne

Bruce: Nothing ***** Glyndebourne, 27th February 2016 It’s not uncommon for television adaptations to inspire viewers to pick up the original novel. Across the country, sales of Tolstoy and Dickens are surely up this winter following the BBC serialisation of … Continue reading

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Finely honed performances in Grange Park Opera’s Madama Butterfly

Puccini: Madama Butterfly **** Grange Park Opera, 31st May 2012 Festival Season is upon us once again. Situated in picturesque Hampshire landscape, Grange Park Opera is perhaps the most idyllic of them all. The Doric portico at the Greek temple … Continue reading

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