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A double bill of new opera at the ROH

Suzanne Shakespeare (Girl) and Daniel Norman (Man 1) in Café Kafka © Stephen Cummiskey
A new collaboration between Aldeburgh Music, Opera North and The Royal Opera produced mixed results: while Francisco Coll's Café Kafka was a characterful piece which combined humour with darker undertones, Elspeth Brooke's The Commission proved less successful.
***11
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At the World's Edge with London Sinfonietta in Spitalfields

At The World’s Edge  ©  Briony Campbell
It’s all about puppets at the moment, from War Horse to Madama Butterfly – even Studio Ghibli’s complicated cult film Princess Mononoke has had the puppet treatment – and the latest musical project to do the string thing, so to speak, is from the London Sinfonietta.
***11
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