Oxford Lieder Festival

Oxford Lieder Festival Opening Weekend

Concerts and silent film Produced by the Oxford Lieder Festival Opening Night Concert Der Rosenkavalier silent film Louise Alder, Soprano; Toby Spence, Tenor; Dietrich Henschel, Baritone Orchestra of the A...
Coriolanus Royal Shakespeare Theatre
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Completing its season presenting the four major Roman plays of Shakespeare, this is a Coriolanus that is both emotionally engaging and thought provoking.  Set in contemporary times in a design by Robert Innes ...
Dido, Queen of Carthage Royal Shakespeare Company 2017
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Dido, Queen of Carthage

Christopher Marlowe’s first play, "Dido, Queen of Carthage" has been given a splendid and totally engaging production in Stratford. It completely vindicates the legendary early rivalry with Shakespeare. It co...
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The Barber of Seville

Jonathan Miller’s production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville is a perfect example of a concept that weathers well and the ability to look at a classic freshly while keeping to its period and character. I...

The Leader of Oxford Lieder

The Oxford Lieder Festival has been going from strength to strength and is now celebrating its 15th anniversary. The founder and artistic director, Sholto Kynoch, spoke with Mel Cooper about what is fast becomi...
LFO Orfeo ed Euridice 2017 cr Matthew Williams-Ellis
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Orfeo ed Euridice

The season at Longborough, as always, ended with a production devoted to young, up-and-coming performers both on stage and in the orchestra pit, an initiative to give a springboard to their careers. The choice ...
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Venus and Adonis

I think it should be reported that the RSC has revived Gregory Doran and Steve Tiplady’s conceptually brilliant rendering for the stage of Shakespeare’s cheeky, challenging poem Venus and Adonis for too few...
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Vice Versa

Vice Versa is a lot of fun, a romp of a production, and I can see, intellectually, how it is a considered pastiche of old Roman Comedy and why it is such a success. It is performed with enormous energy and by a...
Titus Andronicus Royal Shakespeare Society. Photo Helen Maybanks
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Titus Andronicus

The RSC has another solid success on its hands with this intelligent, energetic production of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus. For centuries this has been the play that everyone loves to hate. They claim it is...
LFO Magic Flute 2017 cr Matthew Williams-Ellis
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The Magic Flute

The new production of Mozart’s pantomime singspiel, The Magic Flute, at Longborough this year is simply one of the most delightful, most dramatically and musically arresting performances of this opera imagina...