Tag Archives: William Dazeley

Tears before bedtime: El-Khoury transcends Cairns’ chilly Glyndebourne Traviata

Verdi: La traviata **** Glyndebourne, 1st August 2017 Glyndebourne’s production of operatic weepy La traviata left me dry-eyed when I saw it on tour back in 2014. I found the abstract setting cold and austere, the performances bland. Thankfully, I employed a caveat … Continue reading

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Enchanted Wood: dream of a Dream at Glyndebourne

Britten: A Midsummer Night’s Dream ***** Glyndebourne, 11th August 2016 “Out of this wood do not desire to go!” Tytania orders Bottom. Glyndebourne’s revival of Peter Hall’s classic production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is eerily enchanting, weaving its spell right … Continue reading

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Wheel of Fortune: Carmina burana a safe bet for Birmingham Royal Ballet

Tchaikovsky: Serenade/ Orff: Carmina burana  *** Birmingham Royal Ballet, Coliseum, 20th March 2015 Celebrating 20 years as Director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, David Bintley brings his company to London for three nights (and an afternoon!) of seedy sex and drunken debauchery … Continue reading

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To Paradise and back: a thrilling Le Roi de Lahore from Chelsea Opera Group

Massenet: Le Roi de Lahore **** Queen Elizabeth Hall, 1st March 2015 This is what Chelsea Opera Group was put on this earth for! Take an obscure grand opera that Covent Garden wouldn’t touch with a barge pole, prune it … Continue reading

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