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Dolphins and Sharks

This riveting play comes to London from New York.  Author James Anthony Tyler creates a brilliant scenario in which the modern wage slaves of Harlem play out, in front of a spell-bound audience, a parable abou...
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La bohème

Covent Garden’s new production of La Bohème, replacing the much loved Copley version which has been re-appearing for forty years, is splendid but perplexing. As director, Richard Jones is considered a very s...
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Samson and Delilah

One of the many things to admire about Arcola’s Grimeborn season is the multinational nature of many of the operas. In this production of Saint-Saens’ Samson and Delilah at the Arcola Theatre in the heart o...
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Armide

Arcola’s Grimeborn season often includes rarely performed operas. Lully's Armide is a brave excursion into French baroque opera. It is a work that intimidates big companies and to perform it with limited reso...
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The Silken Ladder/A Husband at the Door

Arcola’s Grimeborn opera season has a deserved reputation for discovering neglected treasures. For this event, Opera Alegria has found two one-act operas, The Silken Ladder by Rossini, and A Husband at the Do...
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The Marriage of Kim K

Arcola’s Grimeborn season kicks off in style with this ingenious re-imagining of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro. It is more musical theatre than opera but, with its varied and engaging music and some very witt...
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Turandot

Turandot was Puccini’s last opera – indeed, he died before it was finished and the version we now hear is the one completed by Franco Alfano. This latest revival of Serban’s 1984 production at Covent Gard...
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Hamlet

The plays of Shakespeare have provided plenty of plots for the composers of opera. Verdi famously used Othello and Falstaff, Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Ades The Tempest. Australian composer, Brett ...
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Der Rosenkavalier

Rosenkavalier is a wonderful opera. It has some of the most superb music ever written for women’s voices and it has a central theme that strikes chords for everyone who has any interest in the way that love a...
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Tosca

Grange Park Opera has moved to Horsley in Surrey. A new opera house is being built in the grounds of West Horsley Place and, though the building is unfinished, the company is mounting its first season. One of t...