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Royal Academy of Music – Martinů double bill – Comedy on the Bridge & Twice Alexander

It’s not so much twice Alexander as thrice Martinů, since this double bill of operas by that composer here happily follows soon after the Royal Opera House’s equally rare staging of Larmes de couteau at the Linbury Studio. Like that work, Comedy on the Bridge and Twice Alexander are wry observations on love and relationships; and ‘comedy’ is to be taken […]

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Royal Academy of Music – Rossini’s La cambiale di matrimonio

La cambiale di matrimonio (The Marriage Contract) was the 18-year-old Rossini’s second opera, but his first to be staged (in 1810) since the earlier Demetrio e Polibio didn’t receive its premiere until 1812. It was the first of five farces commissioned by the small Venetian theatre of San Moisè, and already pre-empts the great operatic comedies which the

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