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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...
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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...
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The Lehman Trilogy

Three brothers, in three acts, and spread over three generations: this is the pattern for Ben Power’s adaptation of Stefano Massini’s sprawling accoun...
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The Turn of the Screw

Britten’s The Turn of the Screw was premiered as long ago as 1954, his first project after the relative failure of his coronation opera ‘Gloriana’. Bu...
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Portraits in Otherness

As a primarily non-verbal creative medium dance is always a challenge to the reviewer trying to find suitable words that are evocative rather than pre...