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Performer: Jamie Manton

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BuxtonEugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
Adrian Kelly; Jamie Manton; Buxton Festival Opera; Justin Nardella; Shelley Jackson; Angharad Lyddon; David Webb

LondonCarmen

Bizet: Carmen
Valentina Peleggi; Calixto Bieito; English National Opera; Alfons Flores; Mercè Paloma; Justina Gringytė; Sean Panikkar
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Pure melody and riotous entertainment: ENO's Paul Bunyan

Elgan Llŷr Thomas (Johnny Inkslinger) © Lloyd Winters
The American Dream hits Ally Pally in a vivacious performance of Britten's eclectic operetta, headlined by an ENO chorus who knock it out of the park.
****1
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New world created in old music hall: Paul Bunyan at Wilton's

Elgan Llŷr Thomas (Johnny Inkslinger) © Genevieve Girling
Not since Monty Python has there been more fun with a chorus of lumberjacks.
*****
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Apocalyptic raw energy and verve at RCS

The Day After © Jamie Manton
RCS forces tackle Jonathan Dove’s The Day After, Ovid’s tale of Phaeton’s disastrous chariot ride, pulling the sun across the sky with infectious raw energy and verve.
****1
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A new slant on "A Midsummer night's Dream"

"Intermezzo" has submitted an excellent and comprehensive review of the opening night of this classy new production, but I was so shocked to hear booing from neighbouring seats that perhaps I might be permitted to add this view from a relative opera novice? I've not seen this opera before, or even the Shakespeare play, so although I had nothing to compare it with, I also had nothing to miss in th

A Midsummer Night's Dream at English National Opera

Several audience members didn't bother to return after the interval, and there were a few walkouts even before that. It seems Christopher Alden's darkly brilliant new production isn't for everybody. But those of us who stuck it out for the full three hours were rewarded with a reminder that beneath the surface of the Shakespeare-based fairy fable lurk some disquieting truths.
*****
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