Giacomo Puccini

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La Bohème review – seamy pre-war Paris styles this winning autumn revival
Puccini’s tragic tale is given an expressionist and strikingly stark setting in this touring production that features a wonderful young cast, particularly Bekhzod Davronov’s heartbreaking Rodolfo

Tim Ashley

10, Oct, 2022 @11:29 AM

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Margot la Rouge/Le Villi review – Puccini and Delius rarities create double bill with daddy issues
Puccini’s first opera proves heady and entertaining in Martin Lloyd-Evans’ staging; singing the lead role in this and Delius’s Margot La Rouge, Anne Sophie Duprels impresses alongside a strong supporting cast

Erica Jeal

22, Jul, 2022 @10:51 AM

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La Bohème review – Death stalks Puccini’s lovers at Glyndebourne
Floris Visser’s new production puts a dark spin on this story of doomed lovers – which only heightens the life-affirming vibrancy of the music

Erica Jeal

12, Jun, 2022 @3:51 PM

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Royal Opera stages Madama Butterfly with changes to respect Japanese culture
Revival of Puccini classic seeks to be ‘both true to the spirit of the original and authentic in its representation’

Nadia Khomami Arts and culture correspondent

05, Jun, 2022 @2:47 PM

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‘Why didn’t I notice the parallels?’ – Mark Ravenhill on finally seeing his own life in La Bohème
When he embarked upon a gay version of the classic opera, the playwright began to see himself – and elements of his breakthrough play – reflected in the Puccini’s tale of doomed love

Mark Ravenhill

03, May, 2022 @2:31 PM

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From Vivaldi to Vaughan Williams: more musical voices who have changed our world
Over the past few months, our Know the Score series introduced 20 great composers. But what of the many we couldn’t write about? Martin Kettle suggests some other names whose music is well worth exploring

Martin Kettle

25, Nov, 2020 @1:36 PM

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Orchestral manoeuvres in a car park: does ENO's drive-in opera hit the high notes?
With the action updated to a London car park and the audience in cars, ENO’s La Bohème is Europe’s first live drive-in opera. Our writer hops on his bike to watch the action from a socially distanced concrete square

Stuart Jeffries

20, Sep, 2020 @2:05 PM

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La Bohème review – Scottish Opera's Covid-safe Puccini is a triumph
Scottish Opera’s witty, colourful and superbly sung production manages to capture the spirit of the piece while sticking to the social-distancing rules

Rowena Smith

07, Sep, 2020 @1:39 PM

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La Bohème review – exuberant and persuasive revival performed with elan
Conductor Emmanuel Villaume brings drive and intensity to Richard Jones’s detailed but inconsistent production of Puccini’s brilliantly written opera

Martin Kettle

13, Jan, 2020 @3:51 PM

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Manon Lescaut review – Puccini updated to the swinging 60s
Elizabeth Llewellyn is an exciting voice, but Karolina Sofulak’s uneven new production doesn’t quiet set the pulse racing

Erica Jeal

05, Jun, 2019 @11:15 AM

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Why is it such a struggle for new voices to be heard in the old world of English opera? | Erica Jeal
Many think of it as people singing loudly over a huge orchestra, but opera can be so much more, says Guardian music critic Erica Jeal

Erica Jeal

01, May, 2019 @8:00 AM

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Sex, betrayal, suicide: is Madama Butterfly too sordid to stage today?
Puccini’s Orientalist story of the sexual exploitation of an Asian woman may seem repulsive in the #metoo era – but we shouldn’t flinch from a masterpiece’s savagery, says the director of Glyndebourne’s latest production

Annilese Miskimmon

05, Jun, 2018 @5:08 PM

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