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The Magic Flute, English National Opera, London Coliseum (Review)

ENO Magic Flute with Ben Johnson and Devon Guthrie photo by Robbie JackOut of the mouths of babes… the wise child that is Simon McBurney takes his cue from the “three young boys steeped in ancient learning” – a description he takes literally by transforming them into little old men – and spirits us through Mozart’s The Magic Flute with a mix of naiveté and cunning, invention, … [Read More]

Posted on 08/11/2013
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Vaughan Williams “Pilgrim’s Progress”, English National Opera, London Coliseum

ENO Vaughan Williams' Pilgrim's ProgressNot for nothing did Vaughan Williams frame his “Morality” The Pilgim’s Progress with scenes of John Bunyan imprisoned. Bunyan would not conform to Church of England doctrines and neither, in his way, would Vaughan Williams. The Pilgrim’s Progress is a spiritual journey – a quest for answers – and the length of its gestation suggests … [Read More]

Posted on 06/11/2012
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