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The Secret Marriage

The Secret Marriage is one of those lost treasures of late eighteenth century opera. First performed in Vienna in 1792 it was popular all over Europe ...
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Beauty, Love and Death

Brighton Early Music Festival (BREMF) is a treasure trove of gems from a musical age that should be better known. Though a lot of early opera is nowad...
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Billy Bishop Goes to War

Once again Jermyn Street Theatre, with their tiny basement auditorium in central London, has found a fascinating curiosity of a play/musical to put on...
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La Cenerentola

Welsh National Opera has taken two of their productions to the Hippodrome in Bristol, a brave venture given the limitations of the venue, the most ser...
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Frankenstein: Making a Monster

This show deserves a six-star rating. It wins on so many levels I don't know where to start. The show grew out of a youth project that began 10 years ...
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La Traviata

The King’s Head team have come up with another modernised stripped-down version of a great operatic classic and it is superb. With only four singers a...
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La Traviata

This David McVicar production of Traviata is nearly ten years old now but has lost none of its narrative force and emotional power. It is not a ground...
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War and Peace

Prokofiev's operatic version of Tolstoy's novel presents a range of challenges for any opera company. David Pountney's production for Welsh National O...
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About Leo

This fascinating play about the artist Leonora Carrington is the result – so the writer tells us - of a visit to an exhibition of Carrington’s work at...
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Xerse

The Grimeborn season at the Arcola Theatre often achieves minor miracles. This production of an opera by Cavalli from seventeenth century Venice is a ...