English National Opera (ENO)

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David Lloyd-Jones obituary
Founding conductor of Opera North and a champion of Russian operas and British symphonies

David Nice

12, Jul, 2022 @2:33 PM

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The week in classical: The Handmaid’s Tale; Le Chemin de la Croix; Bournemouth SO/Karabits
Strong performances offset the misery in ENO’s new production of Poul Ruders’s opera. Elsewhere, Easter organ music and a cosmic world premiere

Fiona Maddocks

16, Apr, 2022 @11:30 AM

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The Handmaid’s Tale review – ENO’s production of Atwood’s dystopia is chilling but slow to convince
Poul Ruder’s opera is at its most effective in its quietest moments, with the all-female production boasting strong performances from leads Emma Bell and Kate Lindsey

Erica Jeal

10, Apr, 2022 @12:30 PM

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The week in classical: Così fan tutte; Czech Philharmonic/CBSO Chorus/Bychkov
Coliseum, London; Barbican, London
ENO’s fizzy production of Mozart’s masterpiece lands well in dark times, while a Czech performance of Janáček and Dvořák summons life-affirming spirit

Stephen Pritchard

19, Mar, 2022 @12:30 PM

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Edmund Reid obituary
Other lives: Violinist who played for the London Symphony and Royal Philharmonic orchestras and was co-leader at the English National Opera

Bernadette Grimmett

17, Mar, 2022 @2:44 PM

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Josephine Veasey obituary
Mezzo-soprano with a commanding presence as Bizet’s Carmen, Berlioz’s Dido and Wagner’s Fricka at Covent Garden

Barry Millington

08, Mar, 2022 @4:43 PM

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The week in classical: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; The Cunning Little Vixen; Bath BachFest
Enchantment, glee and fresh voices are well met in Scottish Opera’s winning new production of Britten’s opera, while Janáček’s music holds court at ENO

Fiona Maddocks

26, Feb, 2022 @12:30 PM

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The Cunning Little Vixen review – colourful staging takes Janáček’s opera to the dark side
Anguish rather than sentiment is to the fore in Jamie Manton’s new production, with Sally Matthews and Pumeza Matshikiza a well-matched central pair

Martin Kettle

21, Feb, 2022 @2:48 PM

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Classical comeback: the pandemic proves the need to support musicians and orchestras
Covid may have put an abrupt halt to much of cultural life but the response shows the sector is part of national recovery

John Gilhooly

02, Jan, 2022 @8:45 AM

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Pamela Helen Stephen obituary
Mezzo-soprano who brought great dramatic insight to bear in operatic roles by composers ranging from Monteverdi to Britten

Barry Millington

19, Dec, 2021 @3:24 PM

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The week in classical: The Valkyrie; Sacconi Quartet review – at the mercy of the gods
Indisposed singers, doused flames and musical longueurs aside, it’s way too early to dismiss Richard Jones’s new ENO Ring cycle

Fiona Maddocks

27, Nov, 2021 @12:30 PM

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The Valkyrie review – a striking, uneven start to ENO’s Ring cycle
Director Richard Jones brings magic-realist noir to Wagner’s world – with results that range from poignant to distracting

Tim Ashley

21, Nov, 2021 @1:29 PM

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