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Friday, August 16, 2019

Count Ory review at Arcola Theatre, London – ‘beautifully judged comic moments’ by Yehuda Shapiro

Rossini’s music for Le Comte Ory is often exquisite, but the humour is robust. The womanising Count Ory devises ways of seducing

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Hippolyte et Aricie review at Arcola Theatre, London – ‘visceral immediacy’ by Yehuda Shapiro

Hippolyte et Aricie, a take on the Phaedra story first seen in 1733, is a landmark opera by a supreme French composer,

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Silk Moth review at the Arcola Theatre, London – ‘eclectic trilogy’ by Yehuda Shapiro

In purely musical terms, the most striking component of this trilogy of contemporary works is the finale: Bel canto by Cassandra Miller.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Alfonso und Estrella review at Opéra de Baugé – ‘surprisingly epic’ by Yehuda Shapiro

The Opéra de Baugé, an enterprising British-run summer festival in the Loire, this year offers Die Zauberflöte, Il Trovatore, and a rarity,

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Friday, August 2, 2019

Wagner on the fringe: How London’s smallest stages are hosting opera’s largest works by Yehuda Shapiro

Usually performed in opera houses with astronomical budgets, Wagner’s epic works seem unlikely fare for fringe venues. Yehuda Shapiro discovers how, with

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Violetta review at Arcola Theatre, London – ‘a truncated La Traviata’ by Yehuda Shapiro

Violetta, first seen at last year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, starts off with a surprise. Though it is a chamber version of Verdi’s

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La Cenerentola review at West Green House, Hampshire – ‘skilful, tightly choreographed production’ by Yehuda Shapiro

There is no pumpkin coach in Rossini’s take on the Cinderella story. Its farce may be formulaic, but it is grounded in

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Friday, July 26, 2019

Orpheus in the Underworld review at Bloomsbury Theatre, London – ‘flashes of comic brilliance’ by Yehuda Shapiro

Jeff Clarke – artistic director of Opera della Luna, a company that turns 25 this year – is endlessly inventive. Just look

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Die Fledermaus review at West Green House – ‘a smartly performed art deco update’ by Yehuda Shapiro

Die Fledermaus, with its delicious tunes and high spirits, might define Viennese operetta, but there is nothing romantic about its web of

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

L’Orfeo review at LSO St Luke’s, London – ‘a visually haunting staging of Monteverdi’ by Yehuda Shapiro

Thomas Guthrie, who directs this semi-staging of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, is fascinated by the possibilities of puppets and masks. At the Barbican last

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Rusalka review at Glyndebourne – ‘whimsy, raunch and brutality’ by Yehuda Shapiro

In recent decades opera directors have found rich pickings in Dvorak’s g‎rown-up take on the Little Mermaid story. Melly Still, whose 10-year-old

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Fantasio review at Garsington Opera – ‘colourful production of a rediscovered Offenbach opera’ by Yehuda Shapiro

Garsington’s third new production for 2019 brings the UK stage premiere of an opera first performed in Paris in 1872, but only

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Falstaff review at the Grange Festival – ‘precisely calibrated and musically captivating production’ by Yehuda Shapiro

In his first operatic venture, Christopher Luscombe delivers a sharply observed, precision-engineered production. Set in 2019, it even features a walk-on by

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Don Carlo review at Grange Park Opera – ‘Verdi’s sombre masterpiece remains elusive’ by Yehuda Shapiro

Dating from 2016, this production of Don Carlo was first presented in Grange Park Opera’s former home in Hampshire. While never radical,

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Manon Lescaut review at Opera Holland Park, London – ‘symbolism triumphs’ by Yehuda Shapiro

Manon Lescaut was Puccini’s first great success, but while it is full of marvellous moments, it is haphazardly built. Only in the

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Shaw Goes Wilde review at Royal Academy of Music, London – ‘whimsical and charming opera double-bill’ by Yehuda Shapiro

For the second year running, Pegasus Opera is presenting the UK premieres of two one-act operas – one serious, one comic –

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Kaj Nazar review at Bishop Centre, London – ‘witty revival of Armenia’s first comic opera’ by Yehuda Shapiro

Kaj Nazar by Haro Stepanian, billed as Armenia’s first comic opera, has not been seen since its premiere in Yerevan in 1935.

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Friday, March 15, 2019

The Turn of the Screw review at Bury Court, Farnham – ‘starkly theatrical production of Britten’s bewitching opera’ by Yehuda Shapiro

It is surprising that Bury Court Opera has waited until its final season to stage The Turn of the Screw: the company’s

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Macbeth review at Hackney Empire, London – ‘a handsome, well-sung production’ by Yehuda Shapiro

English Touring Opera, which takes a flexible view on language, presents Verdi’s Macbeth in Andrew Porter’s English version. Since surtitles are also

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

L’Incoronazione di Poppea review at Cockpit Theatre, London – ‘a compelling staging’ by Yehuda Shapiro

The artistic and musical director of Ensemble OrQuesta, Marcio da Silva, has developed a distinctive style for his productions of Baroque opera.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Alcina review at St John’s Smith Square – ‘elegant concert staging’ by Yehuda Shapiro

Though John Caird, an honorary associate director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, is credited with the staging, this is essentially a concert

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Cinderella review at King’s Theatre, Portsmouth – ‘Natasha J Barnes raises the roof’ by Yehuda Shapiro

The gorgeous Edwardian Kings Theatre is ideal for traditional panto, and this is essentially what we get in this Cinderella. The richly-coloured

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

The Secret Marriage review at Jacksons Lane, London – ‘fizz and refinement’ by Yehuda Shapiro

Famously encored in its entirety by the Emperor of Austria, Domenico Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto dates from 1792 – the year of

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Don Carlo review at St John’s Church, London – ‘a sense of grandeur’ by Yehuda Shapiro

With Wagner’s Ring among its past projects, Fulham Opera now turns to Don Carlo, maybe Verdi’s grandest – and greatest – opera.

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Passion review at Anvil, Basingstoke – ‘an opera-ballet of elegiac beauty’ by Yehuda Shapiro

Pascal Dusapin’s Passion, a meditation on the Orpheus myth, was premiered 10 years ago at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, but this collaboration between

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Faust, Alberta review at the Bridewell Theatre, London – ‘imaginative scoring’ by Yehuda Shapiro

Faust, Alberta is a small village in western Canada. In Simone Spagnolo’s new one-man opera, it is also a state of mind.

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Monday, September 3, 2018

The Enchanted Island review at Peacock Theatre, London – ‘a vibrant young cast’ by Yehuda Shapiro

A baroque extravaganza, The Enchanted Island was conceived by Jeremy Sams for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, where its premiere cast in

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Don Giovanni review at Waterperry Opera Festival – ‘exhilarating momentum’ by Yehuda Shapiro

This Don Giovanni, presented in a neo-classical stone amphitheatre, inaugurates the Waterperry Opera Festival in rural Oxfordshire. It shares the programme with

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Vanessa review at Glyndebourne – ‘probing and spectacular’ by Yehuda Shapiro

It is 60 years since Vanessa’s successful premiere at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in New York, but this is the first professional

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Falstaff review at Royal Opera House, London – ‘a lavish production’ by Yehuda Shapiro

This revival of Robert Carsen’s 2012 staging of Verdi’s final opera seems to have everything you could ask for. Appropriately enough, it

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Cosi Fan Tutte review at St Saviour’s Church, St Albans – ‘pace and panache’ by Yehuda Shapiro

Dulwich Opera is a touring company established by two young singers, Loretta Hopkins and David Fletcher. Its production of Cosi Fan Tutte

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