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WNO Youth Opera – Shostakovich’s Cherry Town, Moscow – directed by Daisy Evans; conducted by Alice Farnham

Shostakovich didn’t think much of his only operetta Cherry Town, Moscow (1958) which satirises, in the somewhat more relaxed post-Stalin era, the process of providing new suburban housing for the population of Moscow (Cherry Town – or Cheryomushki in Russian – was one such new residential development, and still exists). Certainly it shows a different, lighter side …

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Welsh National Opera – Janáček’s Jenůfa with Elizabeth Llewellyn, Angela Denoke & Peter Auty – directed by Katie Mitchell; conducted by Tomáš Hanus

Janáček is certainly having his moment in opera houses around the UK. Both Welsh National Opera and the Royal Opera House are working through a series of his stage works, and The Cunning Little Vixen in particular has become almost ubiquitous, having been seen at various venues within the last few years (both in regular theatres and …

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