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Performer: Catherine Backhouse

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LondonL'Heure espagnole

Ravel: L'Heure espagnole
Stephen Medcalf; Grange Park Opera; Daniel Zafer; Catherine Backhouse; Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts; Ross Ramgobin
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A “Spanish hour” in Kensington with Ravel and Grange Park Opera

Editor Ben Willis almost convinced me that two grown men could fit inside grandfather clocks
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Safe and simple pleasures from Scottish Opera's La traviata

There are no answers, nor indeed many probing questions, in this Scottish Opera revival of Sir David McVicar’s production from 2008, but it is sumptuous and enjoyable.
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Gluck and Arne rarities from Bampton Classical Opera

Two little-known 18th-century operas are given inventive new productions featuring some promising young singers.
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Monks, mistresses and broken swords

At the Theatre Royal Stratford East, the student group made a convincing case for the French version of this gripping work.
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Garsington's Dream devoid of magic

Garsington’s first collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company married an abridgement of Shakespeare’s play with Mendelssohn’s incidental music, a union which promised much but which stumbled awkwardly.
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Martinů has the last laugh at the Guildhall

Opera school productions are designed to provide experience for their students and showcase their talents to an audience sprinkled with casting directors. Clearly, the Guildhall School have decided to extract maximum value from their current production by staging not one opera but three, with different casts and even different orchestral musicians.
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