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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

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

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