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Der Rosenkavalier, Glyndebourne Festival Opera

You can count on Richard Jones for challenging our perceptions and turning expectation on its head but the image of the Marschallin rising Venus-like from her bath while showers of water rain down like gold dust on her post-coital nakedness is not exactly one that a century’s tradition of Der Rosenkavalier would recognise. In a … [Read More]

Posted on 18/05/2014
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The Rape of Lucretia, Glyndebourne Touring Opera (Review)

Rape of lucretia - Glynebourne Touring 2013Lucretia is quite literally pulled from the earth like a living artefact – and to the earth she will return. But when we arrive at the contentious final moments of Britten’s opera The Rape of Lucretia and the Female Chorus – seeking answers for this chaste woman’s violation and death – asks “Is it all?”, … [Read More]

Posted on 20/10/2013
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Le nozze di Figaro, Glyndebourne Festival Opera (Review)

It’s the season of free love in Michael Grandage’s 1960s take on Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro – everybody’s at it; and since you can’t tell the men from the girls (or even the boys in Cherubino’s case) issues of sexual identity assume an added significance. The period would seem to be a reasonably good … [Read More]

Posted on 09/06/2013
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