Classical music, opera, ballet and dance in Southampton, United Kingdom

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SouthamptonENB: The Nutcracker

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
Marius Petipa; Lev Ivanov; English National Ballet

SouthamptonLa forza del destinoNew Production

Verdi: La forza del destino
Carlo Rizzi; David Pountney; Welsh National Opera; Raimund Bauer; Marie-Jeanne Lecca; Mary Elizabeth Williams; Luis Cansino

SouthamptonTosca

Puccini: Tosca
TBC; Michael Blakemore; Welsh National Opera; Ashley Martin-Davis; Claire Rutter; Mary Elizabeth Williams; Hector Sandoval

SouthamptonDon Giovanni

Mozart: Don Giovanni
James Southall; John Caird; Welsh National Opera; John Napier; Yoon Bae; Gavan Ring; David Stout

SouthamptonImogen Cooper I

Beethoven, Haydn, Adès
Imogen Cooper, Piano

Southamptonecho: Un Soir de Neige

Poulenc, Palestrina, Britten
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Natalya Romaniw an imperious Tatyana

The cavernous Mayflower pit eats singers for breakfast and only Natalya Romaniw’s full-blooded Tatyana escaped its jaws unmarked
***11
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Peter Donohoe triumphs with Prokofiev at the Turner Sims

This was an unmissable evening in which Prokofiev’s formidable “War” sonatas were given a rare and unforgettable outing – all three at a single sitting.   
*****
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Starry, starry night: BRBs celestial Cinderella

David Bintley's 2010 Birmingham Royal Ballet version of Cinderella is the antithesis to Ashton. Instead of pantomime, he offers pure fairy tale every magical step of the way.
*****
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Mitsuko Uchida creates pearls in Southampton

Mitsuko Uchida’s love of Mozart and Schumann was given vivid expression in the first of a series of recitals in Britain and Germany – but it was Mozart that won the evening here. 
****1
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Eclectic programme from the Vienna Piano Trio

Mixed performances from this well-known ensemble, but overall fine playing that showcased the genius of Haydn and beauty of Frank Bridge.
****1
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Assured musicianship from Paul Lewis at the Turner Sims

This was one of those absorbing discovery type recital programmes where links between the composers were both in and between the music. 
****1
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