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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 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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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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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...
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Mitridate, Re di Ponto

Mitridate is an opera seria written by Mozart when he was a 14 year old, learning his trade and flexing his creative muscles. So you might be forgiven for thinking that it is a musical curiosity, a museum piece...
L’Incoronazione di Poppea Colston Hall Bristol
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L’Incoronazione di Poppea

As part of the celebration of the birth of Monteverdi 450 years ago, Sir John Eliot Gardiner has developed concert productions of the three great Monteverdi operas and, working with a group of wonderful singers...
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Exterminating Angel

Thomas Ades is the real thing, a British composer writing big works for the operatic stage. In The Exterminating Angel, his third opera, the way he deploys the wonderful cast of singers and the superb Covent Ga...
Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, MONTEVERDI_COLSTON_HALL_12-4-2017_007 Chris Cooper of ShotAway.
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Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria

Monteverdi’s music is enjoying a year of celebration - he was born 450 years ago. As part of the celebration, Sir John Eliot Gardiner has developed concert productions of the three great Monteverdi operas and...