Reviews

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Review: Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Hampstead Garden Opera ****

Since 2001, the small troupe of committed artists that make up Hampstead Garden Opera have staged their pint-sized productions in a tiny pub theatre in North London. This year, however, they’ve graduated…

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Review: Mozart and Salieri, Time Zone Theatre *****

At the intimate Phoenix Artist Club in Soho, the audience is milling around, buying drinks, waiting for the lunchtime opera to start. But in fact it already has, unnoticed; a brooding…

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Review: Anna Bolena, Hashtag Opera Co. ****

An historical opera paired with a modern way of sourcing musicians and singers. The Hashtag Opera Company operates solely through social media, thus pushing the art form to expand within the ever-growing online…

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Review: La Bohème, Opera Loki ****

At the end of Opera Loki’s La Bohème, I descend the winding staircase from the tiny attic theatre in a daze. The opera’s tragic close has left me feeling wrung out…

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Review: Carmen, OperaUpClose*****

The show is over, we’re in the bar, but we still can’t take our eyes off Carmen. Or rather, mezzo-soprano Lilly Papaioannou. “Shall we go and talk to her?” I…

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Review: Hearing Voices, Jocelyn Pook *****

Laughter, beauty, humour. Words not often associated with mental illness, hysteria and madness. Yet, they are precisely some of the means through which we experience Jocelyn Pook’s multimedia song cycle…

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Review: The Clown of Clowns, Constella Ballet & Orchestra****

Anyone still maintaining that opera is posh will lose their argument the moment they walk into the Arcola Theatre this month. This East London venue plays host to Grimeborn Opera…

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Review: L’italiana in Algeri, Pop-Up Opera ****

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, or so the saying goes. And we should probably keep tonight’s happenings at Stour Space in East London under wraps, too. A woman…

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Review: Trial by Jury and The Zoo, Charles Court Opera*****

As Charles Court Opera’s latest double bill – Arthur Sullivan and Bolton Rowe’s The Zoo, and Gilbert & Sullivan’s Trial by Jury – descends upon the King’s Head theatre in Islington, it’s hardly surprising to…

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Review: Xerxes, Hampstead Garden Opera****

Let’s forget that Handel’s opera Xerxes bombed at its premier in 1738. Audiences may not have taken kindly to the injection of comedy into then-fashionable opera seria, but fast forward…

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