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OPERA REVIEW: Aida @ENO

September 29, 2017

Welsh tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones gave us a real heroic Radamès, full and resounding and committed to the very end, he was wonderful although trapped behind his Gilbert and Sullivan epaulettes and wooed Latonia Moore’s Aida in the most convincing way, Morre was excellent, pure, fine and focused her humility and precision combined to give a fully engaging performance which help to it’s very last breath.  What a debut! Her acting is a refined as her singing.  Mezzo Michelle DeYoung was fine as Amneris although was dressed like a meringue in the first half and seemed uncomfortable with the clunky English translation but her cursing saw her open up and thrill the packed coliseum audience with her full throated wrath.

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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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PREVIEW: ‘La Traviata’: Congress Theatre Eastbourne

James Ledward January 13, 2015

‘La Traviata’, one of Verdi’s most popular operas, comes to Eastbourne’s Congress Theatre in February with a spectacular traditional production boasting a stellar international cast.
The opera is Verdi’s interpretation of one of the most popular love stories of the 19th century, La Dame aux Camelias. Based on a true story, it tells of the passionate loves and life of the consumptive courtesan, Violetta Valery.

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