Giacomo Puccini

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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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Madama Butterfly/Der Rosenkavalier review – Glyndebourne openers perplex, provoke and charm
Annilese Miskimmon’s stripped-back Puccini update and an admirable but uneven Strauss revival opened this year’s summer festival

Tim Ashley

21, May, 2018 @11:36 AM

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The Guardian view on opera: still powerful, still relevant | Editorial
Editorial: Opera, an artform that exemplifies Europe’s cultural interconnectedness, should not be written off as simply elitist

Editorial

27, Sep, 2017 @6:47 PM

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La Bohème and This is Rattle: this week’s best classical concerts in the UK
Richard Jones’s production of Puccini’s enduring weepie comes to the Royal Opera House, while the LSO’s new music director unveils his first programme

Andrew Clements

08, Sep, 2017 @10:30 AM

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How singing changed between Puccini and Adele | Letters
Letters: Lisa Paglin and Marianna Brilla on modern vocal techniques that put a strain on voices

Letters

30, Aug, 2017 @6:01 PM

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Hipermestra and Le Villi: this week’s best UK classical concerts
Glyndebourne opens its new season with the first British production of Cavalli’s opera, while Scottish Opera tackles Puccini’s inaugural stage work

Andrew Clements

19, May, 2017 @10:30 AM

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