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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 clas...

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, Sh...
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 in...
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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...
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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 s...
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 b...
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 ...
Julius Caesar 2017 RSC Photo Helen Maybanks ©RSC
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Julius Caesar/Antony and Cleopatra

I saw the RSC productions of Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra back to back, matinee and evening, last week. I recommend the experience. Essentia...
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Fidelio

This production of Beethoven’s spiritual, hopeful opera Fidelio succeeds on its important musical levels. All the principal singers have fine voices a...
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 ...