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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

La Traviata review at Royal Opera House – ‘solid, but cautious’ by Edward Bhesania

Richard Eyre’s production of Verdi’s tuneful crowd-pleaser returns for its 14th revival, determined, it seems, to earn its keep. With a cast

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Hallelujah: Oratorio Balbulum review at Mupa, Budapest – ‘a unique new oratorio’ by Edward Bhesania

The title alone – Hallelujah: Oratorio Balbulum (Stuttering Oratorio) – of this one-hour work for orchestra, chorus, two soloists and narrator –

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Manon Lescaut review at Royal Opera House, London – ‘breathtaking orchestral playing’ by Edward Bhesania

Manon Lescaut stands at some remove from Puccini’s most popular operas – there are relatively few standout arias, plus something of a

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

L'Elisir d'Amore , Royal Opera House, London by Edward Bhesania

Royal Opera House, London: There's a sure-footedness about Laurent Pelly's L'Elisir d'Amore, now receiving its third revival at the Royal Opera House. Read the full review

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Ottone , Hackney Empire, London by Edward Bhesania

Hackney Empire, London: Ottone is a 1722 opera seria charting the story of the German king Otto (Ottone) who, while en route to Rome to claim both the throne and his Byzantine bride, Teofane…

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I due Foscari , Royal Opera House, Covent Garden by Edward Bhesania

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden: Not many 73-year-olds can routinely endure the rigours of stage performance. Read the full review

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Xerxes , Coliseum, London by Edward Bhesania

Coliseum, London: Nicholas Hytner's Oliver award-winning 1985 production of Handel's Xerxes has aged well, if it's aged much at all. David Fielding's designs place the ac…

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Monday, September 8, 2014

The Blank Canvas , King's Head Theatre, London by Edward Bhesania

King's Head Theatre, London: "Where has it come from, this dazzling geometric jumble?" So asks the artist Lucy, as she involuntarily sees metrical shapes appear in what she knows t…

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Tete-a-Tete Opera Festival 2014 , Central Saint Martins/Kings Place, London by Edward Bhesania

Central Saint Martins/Kings Place, London: After eight seasons at Hammersmith's Riverside Studios, the experimental opera festival Tete a Tete has relocated to Central Saint Martins and…

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Norma , Holland Park Theatre, London by Edward Bhesania

Holland Park Theatre, London: In certain sections of Bellini's Norma - a pinnacle of the bel canto repertoire - the music takes on an almost Wagner-esque dramatic intensity, in line wit…

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Quartett , Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House by Edward Bhesania

Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House: Premiered at La Scala in 2011 and now receiving its UK premiere, Luca Francesconi's Quartett is an adaptation of Heiner Muller's play of …

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Vert-Vert , Garsington Opera Pavilion, Wormsley Estate, Oxford by Edward Bhesania

Garsington Opera Pavilion, Wormsley Estate, Oxford: Continuing its founder Leonard's Ingrams's questing spirit for neglected corners of the repertoire, Garsington Opera gives the U…

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Eugene Onegin, Glyndebourne, Lewes by Edward Bhesania

Glyndebourne, Lewes: Graham Vick's 1994 production for Glyndebourne, now receiving its third festival revival, takes an objective view of this bald plot of love and rejection. At Larin&…

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Prince Igor, London Coliseum by Edward Bhesania

London Coliseum: Borodin's nationalistic opera based on the reputedly 12th-century epic poem The Lay of Igor's Campaign is problematic not only in that it lay unfinished at the com…

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Friday, October 25, 2013

The Killing Flower, Linbury Studio Theatre, London by Edward Bhesania

Linbury Studio Theatre, London: Four hundred years after his death, the Italian nobleman and composer Carlo Gesualdo is renowned as much for the brutal murders of his wife and her lover as f…

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Monday, October 21, 2013

The Rape of Lucretia, Glyndebourne, Lewis by Edward Bhesania

Glyndebourne, Lewis: Glyndebourne's touring arm continues the Britten centenary celebrations with The Rape of Lucretia - the scaled-down successor to Peter Grimes, created at Glyndebour…

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Billy Budd, Glyndebourne Theatre by Edward Bhesania

Glyndebourne Theatre: Michael Grandage, artistic director of London's Donmar Warehouse for a decade until last year, made his opera-directing debut with Glyndebourne's Billy Budd i…

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Tete a Tete - The Opera Festival: Gala/And the Crowd (Wept)/The End of Civilisation As We Know It, Riverside Studios, London by Edward Bhesania

Riverside Studios, London: The hothouse opera lab that is Tete a Tete returns to the Riverside Studios with more than 30 new short operas over 17 days. Read the full review

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

I Gioielli Della Madonna, Holland Park, London by Edward Bhesania

Holland Park, London: Wolf-Ferrari's I Gioielli Della Madonna ('The Jewels of the Madonna') is the latest neglected Italian opera to be revived by Opera Holland Park. Mixing v…

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

L'elisir d'amore, Holland Park Theatre, London by Edward Bhesania

Holland Park Theatre, London: Donizetti has been one of the Italian staples of Opera Holland Park, but not since 2005 has his sparkling comedy L'elisir d'amore (The Elixir of Love)…

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Monday, March 11, 2013

The Siege of Calais, Hackney Empire, London by Edward Bhesania

Hackney Empire, London: It is a reflection of English Touring Opera's enterprising outlook that the last of its three spring tour operas, Donizetti's The Siege of Calais, is receiv…

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Imago, Glyndebourne Theatre, Lewes by Edward Bhesania

Glyndebourne Theatre, Lewes: Ambitious, imaginative and well executed, Imago is Glyndebourne's latest community opera. Read the full review

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Cosi fan Tutte, Hackney Empire, London by Edward Bhesania

Hackney Empire, London: With its light-hearted scenario touching on suspicion, infidelity and jealousy, Cosi fan Tutte is one of the most natural contenders for updating, but director Paul H…

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Barber of Seville, Coliseum, London by Edward Bhesania

Coliseum, London: Twenty-five years since its first appearance and marking the director's 35-year presence with ENO (if only, latterly, through revivals), Jonathan Miller's Barber …

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

L'elisir d'amore, King's Head Theatre, Islington by Edward Bhesania

King's Head Theatre, Islington: Although still of kindergarten age, OperaUpClose has created 11 new productions. Its latest is Donizetti's bel canto comedy L'elisir d'amore (T…

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Don Giovanni, Coliseum, London by Edward Bhesania

Coliseum, London: With a revival of Rufus Norris's 2006 Cabaret playing at the Savoy - another tale of decadence and moral decline - you'd expect his Don Giovanni for ENO, receivin…

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Rusalka, Glyndebourne Theatre by Edward Bhesania

Glyndebourne Theatre: There can be few operatic heroines who know suffering as well as Dvorak's water nymph Rusalka, whose desire to acquire human form in order to win the love of a mor…

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Don Giovanni, John McIntosh Arts Centre, The London Oratory School by Edward Bhesania

John McIntosh Arts Centre, The London Oratory School: Co-Opera Co brings together a rich crop of experienced singers and directors who pass on their experience to young professionals. This D…

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Tete a Tete: The Opera Festival - Making Arrangements/Hela's List/The Daisy Chain, Riverside Studios, London by Edward Bhesania

Riverside Studios, London: Now in its sixth year, Tete a Tete's opera fringe festival brings a typically diverse array of boundary-dissolving new pieces ranging from the novel to the ex…

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Friday, June 8, 2012

La boheme, Glyndebourne, Lewes by Edward Bhesania

Glyndebourne, Lewes: Having installed a wind turbine to generate its own renewable energy, Glyndebourne Festival Opera is also recycling David McVicar's La boheme - at 12 years old, the…

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Don Giovanni, Wormsley Estate, Buckinghamshire by Edward Bhesania

Wormsley Estate, Buckinghamshire: Launching Garsington Opera's second season at its new home - the airy, Japanese-inspired pavilion set in the Getty family's 2,500-acre Chilterns e…

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