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Friday, September 22, 2017

Senza Sangue/Bluebeard’s Castle at Hackney Empire, London – ‘dramatically enigmatic’ by George Hall

Hackney Empire is clearly strengthening its opera programming. For this flying visit by a European company that is an offshoot of the

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Opera: Passion Power and Politics – singing up a storm in the V&A’s huge new exhibition space by George Hall

Highlighting seven landmark works in seven cities, the museum is presenting a wealth of artefacts and embracing technology to bring opera to

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Mansfield Park review at the Grange, Hampshire – ‘solidly sung’ by George Hall

It’s good to see the Grange Festival extending its work beyond the summer season with the premiere of a new chamber orchestral

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Die Zauberflote review at Royal Opera House, London – ‘extraordinary dramatic diversity’ by George Hall

Reappearing for the sixth time and carefully revived by Thomas Guthrie, David McVicar’s production of The Magic Flute has turned out to

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Monday, September 11, 2017

La Boheme review at Royal Opera House, London – ‘Richard Jones’ successful new staging’ by George Hall

It is 43 years since the Royal Opera last launched a new La Boheme – the most frequently played opera at this

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Monday, September 4, 2017

The Vanishing Bridegroom review at Peacock Theatre, London – ‘valiantly performed’ by George Hall

British Youth Opera opens its 30th anniversary season with a revival of Judith Weir’s The Vanishing Bridegroom, first performed by Scottish Opera

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Queen’s Lace Handkerchief review at Wilton’s Music Hall, London – ‘theatrical brilliance’ by George Hall

Opera della Luna is unique in specialising in comic opera and operetta, and though it often has stronger material to work with

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Proms 2017 Oklahoma! review – all-dancing all-singing cowboys, a preposterous peddler and a convincing baddie by George Hall

Royal Albert Hall, London The John Wilson Orchestra on their annual Proms visit did not disappoint with an impeccable performance of every last quaver of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical …

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Even You, Lights, Cannot Hear Me/Nero Monologues review at Bridewell Theatre – ‘mixed-quality new works’ by George Hall

Opera in the City Festival’s inaugural programme includes this double bill of recent works, both from the avant-garde end of the spectrum.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Silver Birch review at Garsington Opera – ‘remarkable event with vast community cast’ by George Hall

Garsington’s final offering this season is the festival’s second community opera – a work specially written for a combination of professional and

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

La Clemenza di Tito review at Glyndebourne, Lewes – ‘magnificently dramatic’ by George Hall

Claus Guth’s Glyndebourne debut production saw three cast changes in the weeks leading up to the first night, with the title role

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Zaza review at Opera Holland Park – ‘a richly detailed production’ by George Hall

Over the years Opera Holland Park has made a speciality of the operas of Puccini and his contemporaries – a group often

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Katya Kabanova review at Opera Holland Park, London – ‘incisive eloquence’ by George Hall

Opera Holland Park rarely brings a production back, but this show from 2009 proves well worth reviving. Janacek’s 1921 Katya Kabanova is

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Don Pasquale review at Glyndebourne – ‘an evening of brilliant entertainment’ by George Hall

First seen in 2011, Mariame Clement’s production of Donizetti’s classic comedy about an elderly man who marries a young woman with disastrous

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Lucio Silla review at Opera House, Buxton – ‘a well-sung staging’ by George Hall

The rarely performed Lucio Silla was the last of the three operas Mozart composed for Milan as a teenager – he was

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Albert Herring review at Opera House, Buxton – ‘works a treat’ by George Hall

It’s an unfortunate planning anomaly that two major festivals decided to stage Britten’s comedy Albert Herring this summer, with the Grange Festival’s

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Macbeth review at Opera House, Buxton – ‘an exceptional central performance’ by George Hall

Buxton opens its 2017 festival with Verdi’s first Shakespearean opera – a work he composed in 1847, early on in his career,

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Turandot review at Royal Opera House, London – ‘a solid revival’ by George Hall

Andrei Serban’s production of Puccini’s Chinese fable Turandot has been a staple of the Royal Opera repertoire since 1984 and continues to

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Dream of Gerontius review at Royal Festival Hall, London – ‘an unforgettable experience’ by George Hall

“This is the best of me”, wrote Elgar at the end of his manuscript, quoting John Ruskin. “This, if anything of mine,

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Die Walkure review at West Horsley Place, Surrey – ‘in need of more energy’ by George Hall

Grange Park Opera is nothing if not adventurous. Just three weeks after it moves into a newly built theatre at a new

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Mitridate review at Royal Opera House, London – ‘expertly sung’ by George Hall

Mozart composed Mitridate, King of Pontus when he was just 14 for the predecessor of La Scala, Milan. It’s representative of the

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Otello starring Jonas Kaufmann at the Royal Opera House review – ‘real dramatic sweep’ by George Hall

When the world’s most famous tenor takes on for the first time the mighty challenge of the title role of Verdi’s Otello,

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Jenufa review at West Horsley Place – ‘life-affirming’ by George Hall

Katie Mitchell’s production of Janacek’s drama of Czech village life was launched by Welsh National Opera in 1998, when the company was

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Pelleas et Melisande review at Garsington Opera, Wormsley – ‘beautiful and devastating’ by George Hall

This season Garsington launches a collaboration with the Philharmonia Orchestra, which plays in the pit for the first time under Dutch conductor

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Carmen review at the Grange, Hampshire – ‘acute insights’ by George Hall

In some respects Annabel Arden’s treatment of Bizet’s opera is radical. Almost all of the dialogue goes, to be replaced by an

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Monday, June 12, 2017

A Midsummer Night’s Dream review at Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh – ‘sheer magic’ by George Hall

As a theatre Snape Maltings is technically limited, so it was a brilliant idea on the part of the Aldeburgh Festival to

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Hamlet review at Glyndebourne, Lewes – ‘uneven Shakespeare opera’ by George Hall

Back in 2010 Australian composer Brett Dean had an enormous success with his first opera Bliss, based on a novel by Peter

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Tosca review at West Horsley Place – ‘a conventional production, a remarkable venue’ by George Hall

In little more than a year, Wasfi Kani has built a new opera house at a new venue in Surrey – a

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria review at the Grange, Hampshire – ‘a mixed affair’ by George Hall

A new event at a familiar address, the Grange Festival launches with Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses to his Homeland – a

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Don Giovanni review at Opera Holland Park, London – ‘all at sea’ by George Hall

Last November Oliver Mears set Northern Ireland Opera’s production of Mozart’s dark-toned comedy, Don Giovanni – originally located in an unnamed Spanish

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

L’Elisir d’Amore review at Royal Opera House, London – ‘genuinely special’ by George Hall

As the first of two casts takes to the stage for Donizetti’s heart-warming comedy about a fake love potion, Daniel Dooner’s revival

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