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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Barber of Seville review at Grange Festival, Hampshire – ‘witty and entertaining’ by Inge Kjemtrup

Rossini’s The Barber of Seville requires a fine balance between fast-paced slapstick and stand-and-deliver vocal showpieces, and an enjoyable new production from

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Il Tabarro / Gianni Schicchi review at Hackney Empire, London – ‘high energy’ by Inge Kjemtrup

English Touring Opera’s revival production of Il Tabarro and Gianni Schicchi provides a reminder of the wide range of emotion Puccini crammed

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Girls of the Golden West review at War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco – ‘a flawed gem’ by Inge Kjemtrup

The operas of John Adams – Nixon in China, Doctor Atomic and The Death of Klinghoffer among them – confront the American

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Monday, November 13, 2017

The Enchanted Pig review at Jacksons Lane, London – ‘a hugely enjoyable evening’ by Inge Kjemtrup

The course of love never does run smooth and neither does the course of most fairytales. Random cruelty and stunning setbacks abound

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Don Giovanni review at Pleasance Theatre, London – ‘a provocative idea’ by Inge Kjemtrup

Directors of Mozart’s Don Giovanni are often seduced into seeking out a plausible explanation for the title character’s unrepentant womanising. For the

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Cosi fan Tutte review at Glyndebourne – ‘comedy to savour’ by Inge Kjemtrup

It’s a beautiful sunny day in Naples, but it might as well be the frozen North for two young men who have

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Friday, September 29, 2017

ENO’s Aida review at London Coliseum – ‘a musical and visual spectacle’ by Inge Kjemtrup

Verdi’s Aida lends itself to spectacle. Set in ancient Egypt, and with temple scenes and triumphal processions crucial to the plot, it’s

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Hummus review at Lewis Cubitt Square, London – ‘flavoured with equal parts humour and pathos’ by Inge Kjemtrup

Who can resist hummus, that delicious blend of chickpeas, olive oil and garlic? It’s a Middle Eastern cultural touchstone and the name

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Merchant of Venice review at Royal Opera House, London – ‘incisively played’ by Inge Kjemtrup

Exactly why composer Andre Tchaikowsky – gay, Jewish and depressive – chose The Merchant of Venice, with its heavy-handed anti-Semitism, as the

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

La Voix Humaine review at Kings Place, London – ’50 shades of emotion in 50 minutes’ by Inge Kjemtrup

Poulenc’s one-woman opera La Voix Humaine opens with a woman, Elle, sitting alone, waiting for her lover to ring. She swings from

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Le Nozze di Figaro review at Garsington Opera – ‘enchanting and engaging’ by Inge Kjemtrup

Garsington Opera’s Le Nozze di Figaro is a glorious indulgence for the eye and ear. From the first scene to the last,

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Friday, June 2, 2017

La Rondine review at Opera Holland Park – ‘visually arresting’ by Inge Kjemtrup

How best to mark the centenary of Puccini’s La Rondine? It’s an operatic misfit that began life as a frothy operetta, turned

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Day After review at Lilian Baylis House, London – ’emotionally compelling’ by Inge Kjemtrup

The inspiration for Jonathan Dove’s opera The Day After, being given its UK premiere by English National Opera, is the Greek myth

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Secret Marriage review at the Vaults, London – ‘easy-drinking, operatic fizz’ by Inge Kjemtrup

Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto was the runaway hit of 1792 following its first performance before Emperor Leopold II, who insisted upon an

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

How pop-ups are making opera more accessible than ever by Inge Kjemtrup

An aircraft hangar in Liverpool, a room at an Islington pub, a warehouse in Hackney, the space below a canal bridge in

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Tosca review at Hackney Empire, London – ‘a spirited production’ by Inge Kjemtrup

One of the themes of Puccini’s masterwork, Tosca, is the powerlessness of an ordinary person who gets caught up in the machinery

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Madam Butterfly review at King’s Head Theatre, London – ‘a compact production’ by Inge Kjemtrup

When an opera is scaled down from a huge cast on a grand stage to a tiny cast in an intimate theatre

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Friday, February 10, 2017

The Swarm review at Vault, London – ‘bewitching, if bewildering’ by Inge Kjemtrup

Unless they happen to get stung by one, most people give little thought to bees. Composer, performer and bee-keeper Heloise Tunstall-Behrens, however,

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Scenes from the End review at Tristan Bates Theatre, London – ‘sombre and powerful’ by Inge Kjemtrup

For anyone fed up with the Christmas season’s compulsory cheeriness, Scenes from the End, a visceral exploration of loss and grieving, may

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Erwartung / Twice Through the Heart review at Hackney Showroom – ‘innovative programming’ by Inge Kjemtrup

The two one-act operas presented by Shadwell Opera boast many obvious similarities: Arnold Schoenberg’s Erwartung and Mark Anthony Turnage’s Twice Through the

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