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Aida review – dour staging gains colour from the pit
Robert Carsen’s new production of Verdi’s opera of Egypt and Ethiopia has ditched the cliches of exoticism to replace them with troubling images of contemporary conflict

Erica Jeal

26, Sep, 2022 @12:03 PM

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The week in classical: La Traviata; Salome; Jeneba Kanneh-Mason & the Philharmonia – review
NI Opera’s excellent new Verdi production went straight to the heart, while Royal Opera’s Strauss revival failed to ignite. Plus, the next star Kanneh-Mason…

Fiona Maddocks

17, Sep, 2022 @11:30 AM

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Salome review – lethal desires and emotional extremism
Alexander Soddy made an auspicious Royal Opera debut with his wonderful conducting of this revival of David McVicar’s staging: a tragedy of horrifying power

Tim Ashley

11, Sep, 2022 @12:25 PM

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The week in classical: Proms 2 & 5; Attila; Thomas Kelly – review
Star violist Lawrence Power and John Wilson’s orchestra dazzle at the Proms. Elsewhere, fireworks on the stage and podium in early Verdi, and a young pianist astonishes

Fiona Maddocks

23, Jul, 2022 @11:30 AM

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Youth movement: a new generation of dance talent comes of age
Recent performances by the National Youth Dance Company and the Royal Ballet School showcased dancers whose technique, physical commitment and emotional maturity belie their age

Lyndsey Winship

17, Jul, 2022 @11:34 AM

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Stop pandering to purists, says Royal Opera House’s first black Otello
Russell Thomas says opera must reflect the diverse world around it to survive, not stick to the ‘same-old, same-old’

Nadia Khomami Arts and culture correspondent

15, Jul, 2022 @12:05 PM

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Otello review – a truly compelling and long overdue revival
American tenor Russell Thomas – the first black man to sing the title role at Covent Garden – delivers a searing and shattering performance

Martin Kettle

13, Jul, 2022 @12:54 PM

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The week in classical: Alcina; The Blue Woman
Handel’s sorceress goes to the cabaret in Francesco Micheli’s fabulously glitzy production, while Katie Mitchell directs a powerful exploration of violence against women

Stephen Pritchard

09, Jul, 2022 @11:30 AM

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The Blue Woman review – tensely atmospheric opera of violence on women
Four singers, four cellists and an actor walking Sarah Everard’s final route combine in Katie Mitchell’s not-quite-hopeful production

Erica Jeal

07, Jul, 2022 @11:36 AM

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Classical home listening: John Adams Collected Works
Bonus extras make Nonesuch’s 40-disc box set of the prolific American composer well worth the investment

Fiona Maddocks

02, Jul, 2022 @11:00 AM

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New English Ballet Theatre review – highs and lows in a full and varied programme
A hardworking young company showcase a range of dance styles to music including classical, rock and contemporary

Sanjoy Roy

20, Jun, 2022 @9:50 AM

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Anne Howells obituary
Opera singer with a remarkable theatrical presence once described as ‘the Cleopatra of the lyric stage’

Barry Millington

05, Jun, 2022 @3:52 PM

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