Opera

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Norman Bailey obituary
Bass-baritone who excelled as Wagner’s Wotan, Hans Sachs and Flying Dutchman, and in big Verdi roles

Barry Millington

22, Sep, 2021 @11:24 AM

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Tantrum of the opera: how Michael Palin’s angry dad inspired new show
The Monty Python star has reinvented his play The Weekend as musical theatre

Vanessa Thorpe

19, Sep, 2021 @8:45 AM

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Rigoletto; London Symphony Orchestra/Rattle – review
One grisly moment aside, Oliver Mears’s ROH debut production delivers a remarkably straightforward evening of sweeping Verdi

Stephen Pritchard

18, Sep, 2021 @11:30 AM

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Opera librettist Amanda Holden obituary
Scholar of opera who translated librettos into English, wrote ones of her own and edited guides to encourage new listeners

David Pountney

16, Sep, 2021 @3:17 PM

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Royal opera House Rigoletto review – Oropesa is a matchless Gilda; this is one of the truly great performances
Oliver Mears’s striking staging posits a Mantua united by misogyny and violence and boasts a terrific cast, with Lisette Oropesa truly outstanding

Tim Ashley

14, Sep, 2021 @12:30 PM

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The week in classical: Berlin Philharmonic/ Petrenko; Partenope at the Lucerne festival
Mesmerising Schubert and sparkling Handel were highlights at this year’s ‘crazy’ Swiss festival

Fiona Maddocks

11, Sep, 2021 @11:30 AM

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The Barber of Seville review – creaky WNO production heralds welcome return
The 35-year-old production has lost much of its stylish Italianate precision but Heather Lowe’s Rosina impressed, and other soloists kept the comedy lively

Rian Evans

10, Sep, 2021 @3:45 PM

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The arts have had it tough, but critics need to take off the kid gloves
Mediocre productions have been rewarded with glowing reviews during the pandemic. It’s time to be a little less gentle

Vanessa Thorpe

05, Sep, 2021 @7:15 AM

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The week in classical: Mahler Chamber Orchestra/Benjamin; Tosca – review
The only international orchestra at this year’s Proms dazzle in a world premiere dedicated to them. And Puccini and chips with English National Opera

Fiona Maddocks

04, Sep, 2021 @11:30 AM

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Ariadne auf Naxos review – Strauss’s music does the talking
A fine cast ensure Strauss’s comic opera is full of life and engages its audience despite only a minimal staging

Rowena Smith

30, Aug, 2021 @1:54 PM

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Savitri/At the Boar’s Head review – Holst rarities double-bill offers mixed blessings
Although staged with verve and given polished and committed performances, the case was not made for these two lesser known chamber operas

Hugh Morris

30, Aug, 2021 @12:43 PM

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Tosca review – powerful sound and musical magic in the park
David Junghoon Kim, Roland Wood and Natalya Romaniw were excellent in ENO’s outdoor semi-staging of Puccini’s opera

Erica Jeal

29, Aug, 2021 @1:13 PM

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