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Static but worth the slog: ETO's Giulio Cesare

Conway's decision to render Handel's epic in its entirety was let down by a static staging and unnecessary repeats that masked the hidden gem-like arias.
***11
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Rawness and tenderness in English Touring Opera's Dardanus

A searing examination of love in a time war is to be found in a new production and new edition of Rameau's greatest work.
****1
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Fresh, funny, frivolous: Patience in Cambridge

A joyous explosion of tuneful Victorian satire provides an unlikely, yet ideal, contrast to English Touring Opera's Tosca as their Patience tours the UK in this finely-cast, period-perfect production.
****1
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Puccini without passion: a bloodless Tosca

Blanche McIntyre's new production for ETO proves a disappointment, saddled with a trip hazard of a set. 
**111
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A welcome return: Monteverdi's Ulysses’ Homecoming

ETO's charactistically clear, simple production conveys Homer's story with clarity, confidence, and charm – and even humour – from a fine cast, making an exciting start to fully-staged opera at Saffron Hall. 
****1
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Carry on Cleo: ETO's Baroque autumn

When it is not digging up Donizetti rarities, English Touring Opera can often be found performing Baroque opera. Artistic Director James Conway has decided on a return to the Baroque for its autumn season.