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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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Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Mikado review at Richmond Theatre – ‘memorable individual performances’ by George Hall

Sasha Regan’s all-male Gilbert & Sullivan productions are becoming a theatrical institution in their own right. For their success they depend on

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Opera Holland Park directors: ‘Our secret is as little bullshit as possible’ by George Hall

Each summer, a major, popular opera festival takes place just off Kensington High Street in a temporary theatre erected in Holland Park.

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Hipermestra review at Glyndebourne – ‘the entire cast is impressive’ by George Hall

Back in the 1960s, Glyndebourne launched the revival of the 17th-century Venetian Francesco Cavalli, with stagings of his then obscure L’Ormindo and

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Royal Opera’s Oliver Mears: ‘I used to hold meetings in the car’ by George Hall

Six weeks ago, Oliver Mears took over the post of director of opera at the Royal Opera House – the most important

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Thomas Ades’ The Exterminating Angel review at Royal Opera House, London – ‘disappointing’ by George Hall

Premiered at the Salzburg Festival in July 2016, Thomas Ades’ third opera is based on the 1962 surrealist film by Spanish director

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Les Fêtes d'Hébé review – Rameau wanted to charm and delight, and this succeeds by George Hall

Britten theatre, London The Royal College of Music’s European collaboration brings clean-edged chic and character to the French composer’s opéra-ballet spectacleThe distinctively French…

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Madama Butterfly review at Royal Opera House – ‘Ermonela Jaho gives a star performance’ by George Hall

The current revival of Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s long-running traditional production of Madama Butterfly fields two geishas and two exponents of

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Handel’s Faramondo review at Britten Theatre, London – ‘atmospheric gangland staging’ by George Hall

This year, the London Handel Festival’s annual opera is a great rarity: Faramondo, which had eight performances in 1738 and then disappeared

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Partenope review at Coliseum, London – ‘combining vivacity with delicacy’ by George Hall

Originally seen in 2008, Christopher Alden’s staging won the Olivier Award for Best New Opera Production the following year, and in its

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg starring Bryn Terfel – review at Royal Opera House London by George Hall

In the week when Bryn Terfel receives his knighthood, the world’s leading Wagnerian bass-baritone stars in Royal Opera Director of Opera Kasper

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Winter’s Tale review at Coliseum, London – ‘an intelligent staging’ by George Hall

Thus far there have been at least a dozen attempts to set The Winter’s Tale as an opera, though none of them

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