Welsh National Opera

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Madam Butterfly review – brutal realities edge out the romance in stark new WNO staging
Director Lindy Hume brings into sharp focus the more disturbing aspects of Puccini’s opera – with the WNO orchestra under Carlo Rizzi bringing the emotion

Rian Evans

27, Sep, 2021 @10:58 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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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland review – Welsh National Opera return with slick and zany family show
Will Todd’s Lewis Carroll-based opera sees WNO return to live performances with Fflur Wyn’s Alice the out-and-out star

Rian Evans

29, Jun, 2021 @8:51 AM

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Pauline Tinsley obituary
Soprano whose commanding presence in Wagner, Verdi and Strauss was better appreciated internationally than in Britain

Barry Millington

14, May, 2021 @7:41 PM

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Andrew Greenwood obituary
Other lives: Musician and conductor for whom the composer’s intentions were paramount

Sara Greenwood

25, Feb, 2021 @1:03 PM

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The week in classical: Les vêpres siciliennes; Luisa Miller review – a passion for patriarchy
Verdi had something of a father fixation – as witnessed in new productions of two of his lesser-known works

Stephen Pritchard

15, Feb, 2020 @12:00 PM

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Les Vêpres Siciliennes review – theatricality and spectacle in Verdi's grand opera
Conductor Carlo Rizzi and Welsh National Opera’s chorus and orchestra give the ear much to savour, but the voices disappoint in David Pountney’s new production

Rian Evans

10, Feb, 2020 @10:57 AM

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Beethoven: the 1808 concert review – a remarkable evening, then, and now
Two conductors, two orchestras and two pianists recreated this historic four-hour four-premiere concert in a passionate and glorious evening of music

Rian Evans

20, Jan, 2020 @12:36 PM

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Harry Kupfer obituary
Opera producer who built a towering reputation in a career lasting six decades

Barry Millington

09, Jan, 2020 @4:54 PM

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Top 10 classical music events of 2019
A great conductor took his leave at the Proms, Britten’s music triumphed on and off stage, and Rattle continued to take the LSO to new heights

Andrew Clements, Erica Jeal, Rian Evans and Tim Ashley

18, Dec, 2019 @11:36 AM

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Carmen review – WNO unleashes free spirit on Brazil's favelas
A frenetic mix of gunrunners, drug gangs and slum workers assail feisty mezzo Virginie Verrez in Jo Davies’s interpretation of Bizet with added feminist verismo

Rian Evans

22, Sep, 2019 @12:35 PM

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The week in classical: BBC Proms 13, 15 & 17; Cadogan Hall Prom 2; Nabucco; War and Peace – review
Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra give a masterclass in firepower and finesse

Fiona Maddocks

03, Aug, 2019 @11:00 AM

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