LFO Tristan und Isolde 2017 cr Matthew Williams-Ellis
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Tristan und Isolde

This is quite simply one of the most engaging, stunningly apt and totally gripping productions of Tristan und Isolde, the work that Wagner called not an opera but an “action in three acts”. Often to the uni...
Salome production photos_ June 2017_2017_Photo by Isaac James _c_ RSC_220922
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Salome

There was much publicity before the opening of this play about the fact that in this production of Wilde’s erotic jewel of a play by director Owen Horsley the part of the titular heroine was to be played by a...

Fire, Fate and Kirstin Chávez

One of the most interesting productions of the Georges Bizet opera Carmen that I ever saw starred the mezzo-soprano Kirstin Chávez in the title role, a performance that Opera News in New York called “the Car...
Maki Sekiya
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Maki Sekiya Concert

The pianist Maki Sekiya gave a concert the other day in Oxford that has to be one of the most fascinating and memorable musical events I have attended in a great while. It confirmed my previous sense that she i...
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Maxim Vengerov Concert

Despite the fact that I had a bad fall recently and messed up both my knees, I could not resist attending the concert that the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra gave on Sunday, 23 April 2017 in the Sheldonian Theat...
Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games
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Lord of the Dance

The tour of Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games reached Oxford and I decided to have a look at it. I thought I would enjoy it as a diversion, as a spectacle and as a chance to see some impressive Irish dancing ...
The Commitments, UK Tour 2016/17
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The Commitments

Yet again I have attended a touring production of what is, in essence, a compilation musical. This time, however, the basis of the show is a collection of energetic, driving “Soul” music; and the plot is no...
Jenny Lee in Heartbeats and Algorithms
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Heartbeats and Algorithms

If you have a chance to see Jenny Lee’s one-woman show, Heartbeats & Algorithms, I recommend that you should grab it. It got its start and won much praise at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2015 and rece...
The Rocky Horror Show UK Tour 2016
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The Rocky Horror Show

With some recent recasting, the touring production of The Rocky Horror Show has returned to Oxford as a Christmas treat before being given a rest for a while. This farcical spoof of horror films of the 1930s an...