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REVIEW: The Handmaid’s Tale @ English National Opera

February 6, 2024

The ENO‚Äôs revival of The Handmaid‚Äôs Tale, depicting the story of one ‚Äėhandmaiden‚Äô Offred in this totalitarian, theonomic, and neo-Puritanical regime, is taken from Margaret Atwood‚Äôs dystopian novel, veers away from too much direct graphic brutality but is a scary view of what might be, and is unremittingly beautiful in its stark no nonsense harshness.

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Classical REVIEW: Symphony of Sorrowful Songs @ ENO

May 2, 2023

This haunting performance of Henryk Górecki’s Third Symphony is a startlingly but soothing staging from the ENO yet again showing us what a dedicated team of people can do with imagination, flair and a determination to explore and share the very best of music with a diverse and invested audience.

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OPERA REVIEW: It’s a Wonderful Life @ ENO

November 27, 2022

Wonderful Life is a cosy, warm offering from the ENO, filled with astonishing bursts of beauty from a magnificent cast.. The unrequited hopes, longing and dreams at the heart of this Opera are overwhelmed on occasion by it being dipped in honey, it‚Äôs …Celestial gaslighting in action.

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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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