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Médée
Salzburg Festival 2019

Cutting edge and provocative, this year’s new production of Cherubini’s Médée performed at Salzburg Festspiele is notable for the originality of the d...
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Lohengrin
Bayreuth Festival 2019

This production of Wagner’s Lohengrin by Yuval Sharon - born in Chicago in 1979 to Israeli parents and Bayreuth’s first American director - first saw ...
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Count Ory
Grimeborn 2019

Count Ory is a comic opera by Rossini that rarely gets performed today. Written for performance in Paris in 1828, the year the Duke of Wellington beca...
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Silk Moth
Grimeborn 2019

This strange trilogy is made up of two short pieces – The Heart’s Ear and Bel Canto – and a longer piece, Silk Moth by Bushra El –Turk, which they ‘bo...
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Alcina
Salzburg Festival 2019

This famous opera by Handel, which premiered at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, on 16 April 1735, has always been one of the favourites of the baroq...
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Die Fledermaus
Grimeborn 2019

This version of the old Viennese operetta is subtitled The Revenge of the Bat-man. It is charmingly updated to the present day with maids becoming nan...
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La Calisto

As always, Longborough’s final presentation of the year is a showcase for emerging talent. This time the production is a modernised update by director...
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Die Fledermaus

The Revenge of the Bat is a better title for this insubstantial piece of Viennese musical farce. Its only claim to a place in the modern repertoire is...
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La Bohème

Staging an opera that is set in Paris during a cold winter around 1830 at an Italian open-air festival in midsummer is definitely not an easy task. An...