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Rigoletto, English National Opera, London Coliseum

Rigoletto Eno 2024 (c) MuirThe hunchback slumps in his chair like some malevolent watchkeeper – master of all he surveys. But as the black front curtain is drawn back like a shroud or veil of deceit, the world according to Rigoletto is revealed like a mirror image of his dark heart, a place of dastardly deeds and abject humiliation. … [Read More]

Posted on 14/02/2014
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Briefly… Die Fledermaus, English National Opera

Die Fledermaus ENOEisenstein’s pocket watch (every seducer needs one) looms large and his wife Rosalinde is not having a good night. Recurring nightmares accost her and, wouldn’t you know, bats figure in every one. Is Christopher Alden reallygoing all Freudian on Johann Strauss’ tissue of an operetta? I’m afraid so. Soon as you like Rosalinde’s secret lover … [Read More]

Posted on 01/10/2013
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Britten “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, English National Opera, London Coliseum

Viruses, it seems, make no distinction between mortals and spirits. Even Fairy Kings can succumb. And so it was that Iestyn Davies, a much-anticipated Oberon, acted the role on stage while William Towers provided his singing voice from an adjacent box. This was not the only ailment to afflict the opening night of English National … [Read More]

Posted on 20/05/2011
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