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Brush up your Puccini: a 16th-century Bohème at Holland Park

Puccini: La bohème ***  Opera Holland Park, 11th June 2016 “The course of true love never did run smooth.” That William Shakespeare knew a thing or two about love. Many of his plays have been adapted as operas and companies … Continue reading

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Flawed casting in Minghella’s widescreen Butterfly at ENO

Puccini: Madama Butterfly *** English National Opera, 16th May 2016 Anthony Minghella’s 2005 staging of Madam Butterfly remains a hit with ENO’s audience. A combination of Japanese lacquer and Hollywood gloss make for a stylish production, opulently costumed by Han … Continue reading

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Firing blanks: a disappointing Tosca at Covent Garden

Puccini: Tosca ** The Royal Opera, 11th January 2016 Nothing sweeps away the Christmas excess of multiple Nutcrackers like the biting chords denoting the villainous Baron Scarpia at the start of Tosca. I have a sneaking fondness for Puccini’s ‘shabby … Continue reading

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Paper lanterns and origami wings: a ghostly Madama Butterfly at Grimeborn

Puccini: Madama Butterfly **** Grimeborn Festival, Arcola Theatre, 26th August 2015 It’s dangerous when a production is touted as “revelatory”. We were promised a “haunting psychological rendering” of Madama Butterfly by director Julia Burbach, “radically reframed” and inspired by Japanese … Continue reading

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Sonya Yoncheva: A ravishing portrait of Paris

Sonya Yoncheva: Paris, mon amour (Sony) “A last minute sensation!” screamed The New York Times about Sonya Yoncheva, stepping in at short notice as Mimì in The Metropolitan Opera’s La bohème last autumn. “She is the real deal.” London and … Continue reading

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