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English Touring Opera – Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress – Frederick Jones, Nazan Fikret & Jerome Knox; directed by Polly Graham; conducted by Jack Sheen

Although The Rake’s Progress is ultimately a moral fable, Polly Graham’s production doesn’t take it with too much po-faced seriousness. Rather it plays up its mordant humour by presenting it as like a cabaret, with a quirky combination of dark, gothic colour and a dash of the opera’s ostensibly 18th-century setting alongside some elements from the commedia dell’arte. […]

English Touring Opera – Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress – Frederick Jones, Nazan Fikret & Jerome Knox; directed by Polly Graham; conducted by Jack Sheen Read More »

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English Touring Opera – Puccini’s Manon Lescaut – Jenny Stafford, GarethDafydd Morris & Aidan Edwards; directed by Jude Christian; conducted by Gerry Cornelius

Alongside considerable colour and exuberance, Jude Christian’s production of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut for English Touring Opera poignantly, even sardonically, contrasts  the life of luxury which the eponymous character could have had with Geronte in Paris with the scorched desolation of the desert to which she is banished for her infidelity with the impecunious Des Grieux. Watery opulence

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English Touring Opera - Alys Mererid Roberts (Golden Cockeral) and Robert Lewis (The Astrologer). Photo - Englishtouringopera.org.uk

English Touring Opera – Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel with Grant Doyle & Paula Sides – directed by James Conway; conducted by Gerry Cornelius

Russia has just lost a war through political and military incompetence, prompting discontent with its overweening and undesired imperial ambitions amongst its population, as well as an attempted revolution. This is not (yet) that country in 2022 but the background against which Rimsky-Korsakov composed his final opera The Golden Cockerelfollowing Russia’s defeat by Japan in a

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