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The week in classical: Tannhäuser; Isata Kanneh-Mason & Maxwell Quartet; Gesualdo Six: Secret Byrd
Majestic Lise Davidsen and Gerald Finley carry the Royal Opera’s illness-hit Wagner revival; Isata Kanneh-Mason and co shine; and in the shadows with William Byrd

Fiona Maddocks

04, Feb, 2023 @12:30 PM

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The Barber of Seville review – Payare’s perky Rossini makes this revival fizz
With rising newcomers such as Aigul Akhmetshina and veterans such as Bryn Terfel, this is an irresistible performance conducted with verve by Rafael Payare, in his ROH debut

Clive Paget

03, Feb, 2023 @11:51 AM

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Tannhäuser review – Lise Davidsen gleams though Albery’s Wagner misfires again
Tim Albery’s second revival only fitfully illuminates the opera’s complexities, but the singing and acting are superb

Tim Ashley

30, Jan, 2023 @12:31 PM

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BP sponsorship of Royal Opera House ends after 33 years
Move leaves British Museum and Science Museum isolated as arts institutions with fossil fuel sponsors

Esther Addley

25, Jan, 2023 @1:36 PM

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British opera singer creates work to reveal humanity of enslaved ancestors
Insurrection: A Work in Progress by Peter Brathwaite will highlight folk traditions as a form of resistance

Harriet Sherwood Arts and culture correspondent

25, Jan, 2023 @7:00 AM

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The Sleeping Beauty review – a vintage production rises and shines
It’s unapologetically retro, and there’s no story, but the Royal Ballet’s latest revival of Petipa’s intricate masterpiece casts its spell

Sarah Crompton

22, Jan, 2023 @9:00 AM

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The week in classical: Least Like the Other; Elena Urioste and Tom Poster
The sad fate of Rosemary Kennedy is strikingly told by Irish National Opera. Plus, the female French composer we should all know about…

Fiona Maddocks

21, Jan, 2023 @12:30 PM

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The Magic Flute review – well-behaved revival needs more of Mozart’s anarchic spirit
There are strong performances, particularly from Gyula Orendt’s Papageno and Sarah Dufresne’s Papagena, but the fun is damped down in David McVicar’s 2003 staging that imposes coherence on the pantomimic plot

Tom Service

19, Dec, 2022 @10:27 AM

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ENO needs London home, opera star says amid rumours of a rethink on funding cut
Sir John Tomlinson wades into row over cut to English National Opera’s grant as signs indicate Arts Council may review decision

Vanessa Thorpe

18, Dec, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Classical music: Fiona Maddocks’s 10 best concerts and operas of 2022
Excellence and perilous funding went hand in hand, Salome sizzled, a piano great led the way, and India and Italy became musical neighbours

Fiona Maddocks

17, Dec, 2022 @1:00 PM

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The week in classical: Tosca; Gloriana review – made in Britain
The sensational Freddie De Tommaso soars alongside Natalya Romaniw in a catch-it-while-you-can Tosca

Stephen Pritchard

17, Dec, 2022 @12:30 PM

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Tosca review – British pairing make this a Tosca to treasure
With Freddie De Tommaso, Natalya Romaniw and Erwin Schrott in the lead roles this revival of Jonathan Kent’s sure-footed staging of Puccini’s opera is in very good hands

Clive Paget

13, Dec, 2022 @4:20 PM

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