Opera

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Tippett: The Midsummer Marriage review | Andrew Clements's classical album of the week
Gardner captures perfectly the overflowing exuberance of Tippett’s score, with Toby Spence and Jennifer France an ideal Jack and Bella

Andrew Clements

29, Sep, 2022 @3:40 PM

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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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Venice Biennale Musica review – things old, new, borrowed and bleurgh
The contemporary music strand of the Italian festival brought a typically elegant and thoughtful music theatre work by Michel van der Aa; less successful was Yvette Janine Jackson’s ‘radio opera’ Left Behind

Andrew Clements

26, Sep, 2022 @11:06 AM

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The week in classical: The Makropulos Affair; Elisabeth Leonskaja & Staatskapelle Streichquartett
Janáček’s knotty study of immortality soars at Welsh National Opera; the great pianist radiates grace and power. Plus a word on Weir and MacMillan

Fiona Maddocks

24, Sep, 2022 @11:30 AM

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La Princesse de Trébizonde review – Offenbach’s comedy of nouveau riche values is on the money
A stylish revival from Opera Rara boasts a brilliant aria about toothache, a temper tantrum in waltz time and a hilarious plate spinning quintet

Tim Ashley

18, Sep, 2022 @4:54 PM

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The Makropulos Affair review – fast-flowing and flamboyant
WNO’s production of Janáček’s opera tackles the question of the desirability of immortality with life-affirming purpose

Rian Evans

18, Sep, 2022 @12:15 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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Early Opera Company-Curnyn Amadigi review | classical album of the week
There are glorious and nuanced performances in a new recording of this lesser-known Handel opera, courtesy of Christian Curnyn and his Early Opera Company

Erica Jeal

15, Sep, 2022 @2:28 PM

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Thérèse review – deliciously over-the-top drama puts the soap into opera
Scottish Opera’s semi-staged performance of Massenet’s opera about a love triangle during the French Revolution is delightful - full of passionate outbursts and high emotion

Rowena Smith

12, Sep, 2022 @7:21 PM

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Boos and encores: the division over Russian soprano Anna Netrebko
Mixed reaction in Vienna to Anna Netrebko symbolic of Russian soprano’s performing life since Ukraine invasion

Shaun Walker in Vienna

12, Sep, 2022 @3:44 PM

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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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Pauline Stroud obituary
Other lives: Actor who started in film and ended as an extra in opera and ballet productions in Covent Garden

Olive Simpson

04, Sep, 2022 @5:08 PM

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