Glyndebourne

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The week in classical: glass human; An Anatomy of Melancholy; The Moon Hares review – opera for a lonely world
A new chamber opera explores isolation and connection, a John Dowland recital strikes a note of exquisite pain – and a community opera enchants with a modern fable

Stephen Pritchard

05, Nov, 2022 @12:30 PM

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The week in classical: The Marriage of Figaro; Mahler Symphony No 8 review – phenomenal
Mozart’s divine comedy is a shimmering feast for Glyndebourne, while Mahler’s epic symphony brings joy and redemption to a packed Royal Albert Hall

Fiona Maddocks

29, Oct, 2022 @11:30 AM

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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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Poulenc double bill review – from emotional hell to exploding breasts and 40,000 babies
Pairing Poulenc’s one-acters La Voix Humaine and Les Mamelles de Tirésias allows Laurent Pelly to explore opposite extremes of emotion and desire in this passionate, full-blooded and hilarious staging that is superbly sung and played.

Tim Ashley

07, Aug, 2022 @12:30 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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How the light gets in on the darkest days | Brief letters
Brief letters: Leonard Cohen’s Anthem | Champagne socialists | Betting on high blood pressure | Relatives at Wimbledon | Country diary’s play on words

03, Jul, 2022 @4:28 PM

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Alcina review – Handel’s enchanting opera glitters with retro glamour
Jane Archibald rises to the challenge as nightclub proprietor Alcina, as this lavish, campy production – with punchy playing by the OAE – transports the action to a 1960s Italian metropolis

Tim Ashley

03, Jul, 2022 @12:02 PM

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Opera director condemns Raab’s sneers at Angela Rayner’s visit to Glyndebourne
John Berry says ‘champagne socialism’ criticism of Labour’s deputy leader by Tory minister is ‘sad and embarrassing’

Dalya Alberge

02, Jul, 2022 @1:44 PM

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Why on earth shouldn’t Angela Rayner go to the opera? | Martin Kettle
Dominic Raab’s attack on the Labour frontbencher’s attendance at Glyndebourne says more about our class-ridden approach to culture than it does about her

Martin Kettle

30, Jun, 2022 @1:32 PM

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The week in classical: La bohème; Madama Butterfly; The Excursions of Mr Brouček – review
Puccini’s story of doomed love is burdened by an oppressive set and a new character, but elsewhere his Japanese tragedy is brilliantly performed. Meanwhile Janáček’s farcical landlord is a hoot

Fiona Maddocks

18, Jun, 2022 @11:30 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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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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