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OPERA REVIEW: La bohème @ENO

December 2, 2018

The end, swift, inevitable and so terribly comes as it must and leaves everyone awkward, struggling with the death of Mimi, filled with regret and angst but my mind turned to Musetta, the only one who really cares for Mimi, who looks out for her, this is the real triumph of this production. To bring a focus not only to Mini and Musetta, but also the men’s inability to deal with them as equals. It’s pure understated glory is a wonderfully released production of Puccini.

A beautiful, thrilling, emotionally convincing evening in the presence of a splendid cast, and tremendous music, the ENO at its best.

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OPERA REVIEW: Porgy and Bess @ENO

October 18, 2018

Director James Robinson’s authentic, charming and emotionally connective production has managed that most marvelous of operatic tricks, Robins has presented us with a classic, done in a classic way. Un-fiddled with, authentic but manages with understatedly magnificent shift of focus to give us a wholly relevant and beautifully faithful production of this Gershwin Opera. I left enchanted.

This is an exceptional, lyrical, beautiful production of Gershwin’s classic opera and I’d urge you to go along and see it. Book now!

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OPERA REVIEW: Iolanthe @ENO

February 19, 2018

Iolanthe  English National Opera This all new production of Iolanthe has a different director Cal McCrystal from the ENO G&S smash hit Pirates of Penzance, but looks like being as huge a success as that was. McCrystal – who is newish to opera – plays it straight, proper Gilbert and Sullivan and this is a wise mood as […]

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OPERA REVIEW: Satyagraha @ENO

February 5, 2018

Visually it’s astonishing, blending and weaving itself with an endless sense of movement, representing the public support for Gandhi in the printed press. I was transfixed as the second part rose to its crescendo and with the projections, movement of actors, changing lighting effects and full of force of voice and music from the singers at the front of the stage. This was opera at its best.

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OPERA REVIEW: Marnie @ENO

November 27, 2017

Daughter. Liar. Wife. Thief. She has been running for so long, no one knows the real Marnie, least of all herself.
A world premiere opera from composer Nico Muhly, with a libretto by Nicholas Wright, Marnie is based on the novel by Winston Graham although alludes to the Hitchcock film. It examines the cost of freedom, the limitations of forgiveness and the impossibility of escaping the past, in Muhly’s explosive music that is direct and powerful.

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OPERA REVIEW: The Barber of Seville @English National Opera

October 6, 2017

Two centuries after its premiere and thirty years after its first outing in 1987, Jonathan Miller’s Tiepolo-inspired staging brilliantly intercuts the traditions of the Italian commedia dell’arte and the Whitehall farce to create a charming evening of musical and comedy enjoyment.

Rossini’s prequel to The Marriage of Figaro remains as tuneful, ironic and funny as ever. Set in an elegant comic-opera vision of 18th-century Seville, this thirteenth revival with returning (2015 production) director Peter Relton taking experienced control of this established production has the same warm comfortable seriousness its last outing, and serves up the laughs.

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OPERA REVIEW: Rigoletto @ ENO

February 6, 2017

A tragic story of jealousy, vengeance and sacrifice, Rigoletto is one of Verdi’s most popular operas. Jonathan Miller’s much-loved ‘Mafia’ production makes a welcome return to the ENO stage, relocating the action to New York’s Little Italy in the 1950s with a tightly cut ‘ Mad men’ swagger to the costumes and Lloyd Wright interiors and Hooperesque night bar.

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