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GlastonburyMary, Queen of Scots (Maria Stuarda)

Donizetti: Maria Stuarda
Paul McKenzie; Robin Norton-Hale; OperaUpClose; Flora McIntosh; Emma Watkinson; Philippa Boyle; Cliff Zammit Stevens
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Seeing is believing: The Blank Canvas

Winner of OperaUpClose’s Flourish competition for new writing, The Blank Canvas is a heartbreakingly tragic tale of an abstract artist coming to terms with widowhood, success and some worrying hallucinations. 
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OperaUpClose: La Traviata

OperaUpClose have set their version of Verdi’s classic in the 1920s, with some beautiful period costumes and a few prettily observed production details It’s a big story on a very small scale.
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L'elisir d'amore with OperaUpClose

Donizetti’s melodramma giocoso in two acts, L’elisir d’amore, is a light-hearted tale of love overcoming all obstacles, with the help of a little “love potion”.
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OperaUpClose performs Puccini's Tosca at the King's Head Theatre

The King’s Head Theatre in Islington is, as one might suspect from the name, in the back of a pub. Founded in 1970, it was the first pub theatre to open in London since Shakespeare’s time. Housed in a back room that used to contain a boxing ring, it is tiny: tightly packed seating for maybe 60 or 70 people and an unelevated stage, beginning where the seating stops.
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OperaUpClose to Perfection

Having arrived earlier than I anticipated for this evening’s production of Puccini’s La Bohème by OperaUpClose, I took the opportunity to read through the libretto, helpfully provided in the form of a thin volume available for purchase. When I organise concerts, I often provide texts so that unclear diction is better understood, but this evening I didn’t look at the libretto once.
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