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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Porgy and Bess review at Grange Park Opera, West Horsley – ‘a triumphant production’ by David Gutman

Grange Park Opera’s Theatre in the Woods continues to evolve, now boasting a contiguous colonnade as well as separate ‘lavatorium rotundum’ that

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Pushkin review at Grange Park Opera, Surrey – ‘a company in full flight’ by David Gutman

Grange Park Opera’s exquisite Theatre in the Woods turns receiving house for a work only previously seen in concert performance at Moscow’s

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Isabeau review at Opera Holland Park, London – ‘superbly sung’ by David Gutman

Opera Holland Park has long specialised in the reclamation of verismo operas and they don’t come grander than Isabeau, which combines a

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Un Ballo in Maschera review at Grange Park Opera, Surrey – ‘an accessible production’ by David Gutman

This is the second new production of Grange Park Opera’s 2018 season and the theatre itself continues to excite. Exhibiting good sightlines

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The Marriage of Figaro review at London Coliseum – ‘crowd-pleasing’ by David Gutman

The not always sophisticated humour of Fiona Show’s thrice-seen production of The Marriage of Figaro is made to feel positively classy in

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Carmen review at Royal Opera House, London – ‘a radical, heartless staging’ by David Gutman

Carmen has always been a mutable opera and the Royal Opera has lately favoured both a traditionally costumed staging by Francesca Zambello

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Friday, October 6, 2017

The Barber of Seville review at London Coliseum – ‘sparkling revival’ by David Gutman

Forced to dispense with unaffordable innovation, English National Opera repeats another of its classic Jonathan Miller productions, last seen only two years

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Charlie Parker’s Yardbird review at Hackney Empire, London – ‘underwhelming’ by David Gutman

Widely seen in the US since 2015 and now receiving its European premiere, Daniel Schnyder’s opera is a classical-jazz fusion which tilts

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Trial by Jury review at Lilian Baylis House, London – ‘lacks charm’ by David Gutman

Staged as part of ENO Studio Live, a series of studio events officially designed to give staff directors and chorus members greater

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Sukanya review at Royal Festival Hall – ‘at once personal and timeless’ by David Gutman

After a brief tour, Ravi Shankar’s final piece of East-West crossover, billed tendentiously as his only opera, opens the UK’s largest festival

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Grange Park Opera founder Wasfi Kani: ‘Opera is a form of religious aspiration’ by David Gutman

Wasfi Kani is one of Britain’s feistiest opera bosses – famous, even notorious, for leading from the front. But our first meeting

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Don Carlo review at Royal Opera House, London – ‘a serviceable revival’ by David Gutman

Partly owing to late cast changes this third revival of Nicholas Hytner’s production of Don Carlo, first seen in 2008, is dominated

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Rigoletto review at Coliseum, London – ‘an unexceptional revival’ by David Gutman

When in 2014 ENO brought in Christopher Alden’s single-set Rigoletto, it was assumed that Jonathan Miller’s vintage Mafiosi production had had its day.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Life on the Moon , Hackney Empire, London, October 17, then touring until November 20. PN October 17 by David Gutman

Hackney Empire, London, October 17, then touring until November 20. PN October 17: Joining Handel and Bach on ETO's national tour is a real rarity, an Austrian's take on a Venetian…

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Friday, October 17, 2014

The Marriage of Figaro , Coliseum, London by David Gutman

Coliseum, London: Fiona Shaw returns to revive her strenuous 2011 production. More worrying than the wealth of contextualising stage business is a muddled visual concept which sets the actio…

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Il Barbiere di Siviglia , Royal Opera House, London by David Gutman

Royal Opera House, London: With ultra-serious Verdi productions running at London's biggest houses, this determinedly buoyant revival of a Rossini evergreen could not present a greater …

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Otello , Coliseum, London by David Gutman

Coliseum, London: David Alden returns to English National Opera with a deracinated Otello that moves the action forward to the 1920s, suggested by Jon Morrell's period costumes. His not…

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Rigoletto , Royal Opera House, London by David Gutman

Royal Opera House, London: This is the seventh revival of a staging that threatens to become as much of a fixture as was Jonathan Miller's English National Opera production. David McVic…

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Turandot, Royal Opera House, London by David Gutman

Royal Opera House, London: A safety-first season-opener unveiled as long ago as 1984, this classic show returns in a revival directed by Andrew Sinclair. Psychologically crude, it remains un…

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Nabucco, Royal Opera House, London by David Gutman

Royal Opera House, London: This minimalist international co-production is, oddly, Daniele Abbado's first show for Covent Garden. Previously seen at La Scala, Milan, its earnest austerit…

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Friday, September 14, 2012

The Magic Flute, Coliseum, London by David Gutman

Coliseum, London: Has Nicholas Hytner's famous 1980s production, serially mothballed only to be revived 'one last time', finally reached the end of the road? The blue wigs, gi…

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Friday, August 24, 2012

The Sound of a Voice, Arcola, Tent, London by David Gutman

Arcola, Tent, London: Illness torpedoed last year's intended UK premiere of The Sound of a Voice, Philip Glass's 2003 show comprising two one-act, two-character music theatre setti…

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Falstaff, Holland Park, London by David Gutman

Holland Park, London: With Falstaff stagings positively ubiquitous this year, director Annelise Miskimmon - recently appointed to a prestigious position with Danish National Opera - is not a…

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Cosi Fan Tutte, Opera Holland Park, London by David Gutman

Opera Holland Park, London: Re-imagined as a critique of Victorian imperialism on its last outing at Opera Holland Park in 2006, Cosi's 18th-century frocks are back and the essential ar…

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