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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Hansel and Gretel review at Open Air Theatre, London – ‘an energetic, feel-good production’ by George Hall

In Operaland, Hansel and Gretel is not just for Christmas – hence this midsummer co-production by English National Opera at Regent’s Park,

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Friday, June 14, 2019

A Midsummer Night’s Dream review at Nevill Holt Opera – ‘an enchanting evening’ by George Hall

Thus far, the 2019 country-house season has been partially stymied by the weather, which remains doggedly uncongenial for pastoral picnics or parkland

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Le Nozze di Figaro review at The Grange, Northington – ‘a visually elegant and clearly directed production’ by George Hall

It’s refreshing to encounter a Marriage of Figaro set in period and – even more precisely – in Seville. Designer Tim Reed

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Cendrillon review at Glyndebourne, Lewes – ‘a performance of pure magic’ by George Hall

Massenet’s fairytale opera entered Glyndebourne via the company’s 2018 tour. Fiona Shaw’s production didn’t quite work on that occasion, and is now

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

The Diary of One Who Disappeared review at Linbury Theatre, London – ‘frustratingly glacial’ by George Hall

Czech composer Janacek began The Diary of One Who Disappeared in August 1917, shortly after his fateful meeting with Kamila Stosslova, a

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Don Giovanni review at Garsington Opera – ‘a vague staging of Mozart’s dark comedy’ by George Hall

Former Royal Shakespeare Company artistic director Michael Boyd has collaborated with Garsington’s artistic director, conductor Douglas Boyd (no relation) before, though this

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

The Bartered Bride review at Garsington Opera – ‘the festival at the top of its game’ by George Hall

The opening production of Garsington Opera’s 30th-anniversary season finds the festival at the top of its game. The Philharmonia – one of

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Soprano Elizabeth Llewellyn: ‘A conductor once told me I have tears in the sound of my voice’ by George Hall

A mystery illness almost put paid to her promising operatic career before it had started. Now, as the British soprano takes on

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Donnerstag aus Licht review at Royal Festival Hall, London – ‘an unforgettable spiritual journey’ by George Hall

Forget Wagner’s Ring: the largest of operatic cycles is Stockhausen’s Licht (Light), its seven parts each named after a day of the

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

How do you train to become an opera singer? by George Hall

If you believe you have a voice strong enough to be heard at the back of a concert hall while delivering a

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Andrea Chenier review at Royal Opera House, London – ‘thrilling singing hits the dramatic heights’ by George Hall

Umberto Giordano’s French Revolution drama focuses on a poet whose views prove unwelcome to both sides. Moreover, the allegiance of his rival

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Monday, May 20, 2019

La Damnation de Faust review at Glyndebourne – ‘problematic staging fails to convince’ by George Hall

Glyndebourne launches the festival season with a problematic work. Berlioz wrote The Damnation of Faust as a cantata for the concert hall,

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Phaedra review at Linbury Theatre, London – ‘a showcase for the talents of the Jette Parker Young Artists’ by George Hall

Premiered in Berlin in 2007, Hans Werner Henze’s penultimate opera takes a classical legend and toys creatively with it. Christian Lehnert’s libretto

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Dido review at Unicorn Theatre, London – ‘a fuzzy update of Purcell’s opera for a younger audience’ by George Hall

This first collaboration between English National Opera and the Unicorn Theatre takes the form of a small-scale show designed for an audience

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The Garden review at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London – ‘endearingly whimsical’ by George Hall

Opera, of course, this isn’t – though Richard Ayres has already composed two of them: The Cricket Recovers, a success at its

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

HMS Pinafore review at King’s Head Theatre, London – ‘an irresistible staging’ by George Hall

Charles Court Opera returns to the King’s Head with its small but perfectly formed staging of one of the finest Gilbert and

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George Hall: Daniel Kramer is a talent who could talk the talk at ENO but couldn’t always walk the walk by George Hall

The news that Daniel Kramer is to leave English National Opera, the company he has led for the past three years, is

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Opera singer Rosalind Plowright: ‘Watch out for conductors – they can be totally ruthless…’ by George Hall

Celebrated mezzo Rosalind Plowright shows no sign of slowing down as she prepares to mark her 70th birthday with back-to-back roles. She

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Director Deborah Warner: ‘I thought opera was absurd, impossible, but then I got it’ by George Hall

The director known for her interpretations of Shakespeare, Bertolt Brecht, Henrik Ibsen and Benjamin Britten has seamlessly bridged the worlds of theatre

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Alex Reedijk: ‘I want Scottish Opera to feel like a festival all year round’ by George Hall

In 13 years, New Zealander Alex Reedijk has pulled Scottish Opera back from the brink, turning it into a thriving company that

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Faust review at Royal Opera House, London – ‘a fascinatingly vital production’ by George Hall

Due to sing Marguerite in this revival of David McVicar’s 2004 production, star German soprano Diana Damrau pulled out a week ago

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel review at London Coliseum – ‘a limited achievement’ by George Hall

The notorious serial-killer nicknamed Jack the Ripper continues to fascinate, with countless books, films, documentaries, tours and websites catering to a seemingly

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Berenice review at Linbury Theatre, London – ‘a witty staging of Handel’s rarely performed opera’ by George Hall

One of Royal Opera director Oliver Mears’ initiatives is to bring back to Covent Garden the numerous works Handel premiered there. The

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Friday, March 22, 2019

La Forza del Destino review at Royal Opera House, London – ‘a star-studded production’ by George Hall

Rumour on the operatic street has it that tickets for Christof Loy’s new production of La Forza del Destino are reselling for as

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Katya Kabanova review at Theatre Royal, Glasgow – ‘exceptional’ by George Hall

Scottish Opera’s fine production of Katya Kabanova – directed by Stephen Lawless, vividly conducted by Stuart Stratford, and performed in the original

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Idomeneo review at Hackney Empire, London – ‘English Touring Opera’s clear-sighted staging’ by George Hall

One of two major works that he is directing as part of English Touring Opera’s spring tour, James Conway’s Idomeneo is a

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Monday, March 4, 2019

Elizabeth I review at Hackney Empire, London – ‘Rossini’s opera is delivered with style and clarity’ by George Hall

Rossini’s 1815 opera marked his debut in Naples, where he was to remain for eight years, turning the San Carlo Theatre into

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Agreed review at Glyndebourne – ‘Community opera proves worthwhile’ by George Hall

Every couple of years Glyndebourne stages a new work involving its youth wing and other non-professionals, who combine with professional principals, band

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The Merry Widow review at the London Coliseum – ‘much-loved operetta misfires’ by George Hall

Operetta is the trickiest of all genres: its performers have to be able to sing with operatic skill, put over reams of

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Robin Hood review at CLF Arts Cafe, London – ‘an inventive new opera’ by George Hall

Founded three years ago, the Opera Story has produced two new works, both of them genuine successes: Snow (2017) collated three shorter

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The Pirates of Penzance review at Wilton's Music Hall, London - 'fresh as paint' by George Hall

In its rebuilt form, Wilton’s Music Hall dates from exactly the same period as the Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera, whose premiere

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