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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‚Äôs most popular operas. Jonathan Miller‚Äôs much-loved ‚ÄėMafia‚Äô production makes a welcome return to the ENO stage, relocating the action to New York‚Äôs Little Italy in the 1950s with a tightly cut ‚Äė Mad men‚Äô swagger to the costumes and Lloyd Wright interiors and Hooperesque night bar.

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