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Don Pasquale, Glyndebourne Festival Opera

As Donizetti’s Overture chortles into life the scheming Dr Malatesta spirits us through the chambers of Don Pasquale’s residence, emerging through wardrobes, disappearing through wall paintings, a stealthy and surreal presence. His playthings – the characters in this popular Opera buffa – are there, too, frozen in anticipation, the Don in his bed, the lovelorn … [Read More]

Posted on 19/07/2013
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Donizetti’s ‘Belisario’ marches in…

Among Donizetti’s 75 or so operas Belisario has all the credentials to be much more than just a curio. It was written in the wake of Lucia di Lammermoor‘s triumph and represents the composer in full maturity eager to break new ground and empowered to do so boldly. The ferocious opening chords are like … [Read More]

Posted on 29/10/2012
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Donizetti “Lucrezia Borgia”, English National Opera, London Coliseum

A cinema screen greets us. So either an unscheduled HD Opera Cast is in the offing or director Mike Figgis is making no pretence of flaunting his cinematic credentials. But Lucrezia Borgia – the movie – is only part of the equation here. What Figgis, a past master of multi-media, has attempted in this very … [Read More]

Posted on 01/02/2011
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