3.0★ ★ ★
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She Wears Scented Rose

This thriller was produced to acclaim at the Camden venue Theatro Technis last year and returns now for a welcome second outing, with mainly the origi...
2.0★ ★
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Salome

First performed in 1905, ‘Salome’ was Strauss’ breakthrough opera, and is still perhaps the most startling despite all the later successes in collabor...
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Faust, Alberta

Treatments of the Faust story abound in many languages, musical and literary formats. It is a bold and brave endeavour on the part of composer Simone ...
3.0★ ★ ★
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Othello

In the programme for this new production of Othello, director Claire van Kampen states explicitly that she is aiming for a two-hour running time and a...
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Vanessa

Samuel Barber’s Vanessa (1958) is a work at once accessible and elusive, and a successful production revolves around breaking down that paradox and re...
3.0★ ★ ★
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Broken Wings

Kahlil Gibran, the Lebanese prose-poet, is still little known in the West despite the fact that his writings, in both Arabic and English, remain conti...
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Ariadne auf Naxos

As the final opera this season Opera Holland Park presents the second and usually performed version of ‘Ariadne auf Naxos’. It is an exceptionally suc...
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Isabeau

Each year Opera Holland Park includes one less well known or even forgotten work from the era of Puccini. This year’s choice, ‘Isabeau’ dates from 191...
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Falstaff

Verdi’s last opera is a two-fold miracle – of both economy and prodigality.  He started with the advantage of Boito’s superb libretto which strengthen...