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The Nose

The Nose is Shostakovich’s first opera. It was written around 1926/7 during that all too brief period when avant-garde art flourished under the new Bolshevik regime in Russia and it was first performed to a l...
The Dresser at Duke of York’s
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The Dresser

The Dresser is a play about theatre and theatricality. It focuses on the relationships between the members of a touring repertory company bringing Shakespeare to the masses during the Second World War. And - gi...
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Don Giovanni

I begin with a confession. As a Mozart enthusiast, I went to the ENO’s dress rehearsal of Don Giovanni …. and hated it! Two weeks later I went again to review it and it was superb. I will try to explain why...
Cosi Fan Tutte ROH 2016
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Cosi Fan Tutte

Covent Garden’s new production of Cosi Fan Tutte is fizzing with fresh ideas. Young German director, Jan Philipp Glogier, paints Don Alfonso as a surreal theatre director putting the four lovers into a series...
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Le Nozze di Figaro

Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro returns to the Sussex opera house in the production first put together by director Michael Grandage in 2012. It has lost none of its original charm in this 2016 version thanks to s...
Shanghai Opera Company Thunderstorm at English National Ballet
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The Shanghai Opera and Ballet Companies are at the Coliseum in London for a limited season. The opera that is part of this season is Thunderstorm, an impressive work by the composer Mo Fan. Based on a play by C...
Young Chekhov at the National Theatre
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Young Chekhov

At the Olivier Theatre on the South Bank it is now possible – if you have the stamina - to see, on one day, the first three plays written by the great Russian dramatist, Anton Chekhov. The plays were written ...
Tristan and Isolde at Grange Park Opera
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Tristan and Isolde

Tristan and Isolde is an opera that stirs strong reactions among opera lovers. That Grange Park decided to mount it in what they describe as a “concert performance” is a mark of the company’s serious ambi...
Review Royal Opera House Oedipe
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George Enescu is a Romanian national treasure who spent much of his creative life in Paris. His status in Europe as a virtuoso violinist and as a composer really should have brought Oedipe to Covent Garden befo...
Pia DeTolomei Buxton Opera House, Derbyshire
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Pia de’Tolomei

English Touring Opera has a fine record of bringing little known Donizetti operas on tour and providing inventive productions with promising young singers. Even by their high standards, this performance of Pia ...