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LondonIl segreto di Susanna / IolantaNew production

Il segreto di Susanna / Iolanta
Wolf-Ferrari, Tchaikovsky
Sian Edwards; John Wilkie; Opera Holland Park; John Andrews; takis; Clare Presland; Richard Burkhard

LondonThe Seraglio

The Seraglio
Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Harem)
John Andrews; Stephen Medcalf; English Touring Opera; Adam Wiltshire; Lucy Hall; Nazan Fikret

BuxtonThe Seraglio

The Seraglio
Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Harem)
John Andrews; Stephen Medcalf; English Touring Opera; Adam Wiltshire; Lucy Hall; Nazan Fikret

DurhamThe Seraglio

The Seraglio
Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Harem)
John Andrews; Stephen Medcalf; English Touring Opera; Adam Wiltshire; Lucy Hall; Nazan Fikret

BathThe Seraglio

The Seraglio
Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Harem)
John Andrews; Stephen Medcalf; English Touring Opera; Adam Wiltshire; Lucy Hall; Nazan Fikret
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An uneven Elisabetta from English Touring Opera

Mary Plazas (Elisabetta) © Richard Hubert Smith
Rossini's Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra is a hard work to love and English Touring Opera's new production which launched at the Hackney Empire Theatre struggled to make a case for regular outings.
***11
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Damp squibs prevent ETO's Rossini: Fireworks! from taking off

Elena Xanthoudakis © William Knight
ETO's extracts from Rossini's serious operas at the Hackney Empire lacked spark and dynamism, but saw a fine showing from Elena Xanthoudakis and Catherine Carby.
***11
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Something old, something new: Donizetti's Pia de' Tolomei

Elena Xanthoudakis (Pia) © Jane Hobson
Donizetti's back catalogue proves just as rich as his well-loved works, with this blisteringly good foray into an extraordinary opera whose UK premiere is 179 undeserved years late. 
*****
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Finding Nemorino: A truly excellent L'elisir d'amore from Opéra de Baugé

If Debussy intended Pelléas et Mélisande as a deliberate anti-Tristan, Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore perhaps stumbled into the role. Donizetti was of course not responding to Wagner’s opera (which would not be written for another three decades) but to the legend Wagner would also draw on, with results that were rather more... German, shall we say, than the sunlit uplands of L’elisir.
*****
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L’âme tendre de Lucia à Baugé

Lucia di Lammermoor © Opéra de Baugé
C’est que la Lucia de Bernadette Grimmett n’est pas révisionniste, et ne confond pas regard et distanciation : à rebours des malentendus transformant la meurtrière en vengeresse, et la victime en femme forte, Lucia n’apparaît ici qu’en elle-même. 
****1
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