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Giulio Cesare

John Coke and his team at Bury Court have conjured up a minor miracle with a production of Giulio Cesare that does full justice to one of Handel’s fin...
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La Forza del Destino

This Verdi blockbuster, chosen by Welsh National Opera as part of their ‘Rabble Rousers’ season, deals with the malevolent effect of fate on three peo...
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Barber of Seville

The Barber of Seville is a remarkable opera. Now more than 200 years old – it was premiered in 1816 - it is a comedy that still has the power to provo...
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The Dark Room

This short play from the Australian writer Angela Betzien is well titled. The room we are taken to – in a cheap hotel in a rural backwater in Australi...
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Poison

This is a play about loss and grief. Although it is short, it packs a great deal of emotion into its 80 minutes and raises some troubling issues about...
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Tosca

The second act of Tosca is almost always a harrowing experience. The sexual abuse of a distressed woman by a powerful man is deeply disturbing - in th...
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Aida

Aida is grand opera in every way – big voices, huge choruses, and lots of extras. And this ENO production, directed by Phelim McDermott, certainly goe...
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Eugene Onegin

The WNO autumn season is labelled ‘Russian Revolution’ and comprises works by Tchaikovsky, Musorgsky, and Janacek, all set in Russia. The opera by Tch...
Opera North’s Cavalleria rusticana Photo Robert Workman
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Cavalleria Rusticana

Mascagni's superb verismo masterpiece is being presented as part of Opera North’s imaginative Little Greats series. It is given in a startling new pro...
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Dolphins and Sharks

This riveting play comes to London from New York.  Author James Anthony Tyler creates a brilliant scenario in which the modern wage slaves of Harlem p...