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Don Giovanni

This Welsh National Opera production of Don Giovanni has many merits - a fine orchestra, a bold design, some wonderful singing.  It offers a convincin...
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Les Indes Galantes

Marcio da Silva's groundbreaking company Ensemble Orquesta (EO) is fast developing an enviable reputation for bringing rare baroque treasures to the o...
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The Marriage of Figaro

Mozart's masterpiece, the Marriage of Figaro, is a work of such musical beauty and comic invention that it can always be counted on to charm an audien...
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Madam Butterfly

Madam Butterfly is one of the most performed operas today and yet one of the most difficult to stage in a way that feels right to modern audiences. It...
3.0★ ★ ★
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Orfeo and Zanetto Double Bill

Barefoot Opera brought an unusual double bill to Grimeborn at the Arcola. They paired a shortened version of Gluck's Orfeo ed Eurydice with Zanetto, a...
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Rockets and Blue Lights

This fascinating and challenging play by Winsome Pinnock starts from ideas stimulated by two paintings by JMW Turner. The first – 'The Slave Ship' – w...
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Alcina

As part of the splendid Grimeborn festival put on every summer by the Arcola, Marcio da Silva's Ensemble Orquestra has brought us an intriguing and in...
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L’Egisto

Hampstead Garden Opera has returned to the stage with a production of a rarely-performed baroque opera from 1643 by Francesco Cavalli. Hampstead Garde...
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Typical

This gripping 60-minute monologue deals with the death in custody of a young black man. It's a strange mixture of comedy, tragedy, and righteous anger...