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Performer: Lesley Garrett


LondonJack the Ripper: The Women of WhitechapelWorld première

Bell: Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel
Martyn Brabbins; Daniel Kramer; English National Opera; Soutra Gilmour; Claudia Boyle; Josephine Barstow
Neue Kritikenmehr...

Muhly's Marnie fails to find the drama of the novel

Sasha Cooke (Marnie) © Richard Hubert Smith
A decent cast was unable to redeem a fundamentally dull opera that lacks the psycholgical complexity and tension of both the original Graham novel and its famous Hitchcock adaptation.

Pleasure: A refreshing operatic experience

Lesley Garrett (Val) © Robert Workman
So many things are right about Mark Simpson's new opera Pleasure, receiving its London debut at the Lyric Hammersmith.

Wedding chaos, deception and duplicity at Garsington

Andreea Soare (Fiordiligi) and Kathryn Rudge (Dorabella) © Mark Douet
Weddings bring out the cynic in me. They also bring out the cynic in Don Alfonso and it’s at a wedding breakfast that John Fulljames sets his production of Così fan tutte

A brilliant pairing by Opera North: La Voix Humaine and Dido and Aeneas in Leeds

Lesley Garrett and Philip Rhodes in La voix humaine  ©  Tristram Kenton
The evening begins with La Voix Humaine: “Elle” is staring at us fixedly for what seems like a minute, smoke from the cigarette in her fingers providing the only movement. She sits in an oblong frame surrounded by light bulbs, indicating a substantial mirror of the sort you might find backstage. The orchestra begins, and the music is edgy.