Saturday, May 15, 2021

Theatre

The theaters that have given up the usual stage: Opera festival on the floating...

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Every July, the Austrian city of Bregenz hosts a performing arts festival. However, it was not the opera that became the subject of general curiosity, but a new floating stage on Lake Constance. The...

The theaters that have given up the usual stage: Royal de Luxe

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This is the biggest show on Earth, literally. Giant puppets do not fit in any theater, so the troupe travels around the world, giving street performances. The street theater Royal de Luxe, established in...

The theaters that have given up the usual stage: Street theater Les Passagers

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Perhaps the most important thing in the theater is the stage. This is the basis of our concept of theater. However, modern theater, like any other art, often breaks formed stereotypes and invents the...

A Classically Elegant Così Fan Tutte for a Balmy Summer Evening at Holland Park

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Mozart's memories of visting Naples as a teenager suffuse the score of Così fan tutte, and despite storms earlier in the week and a dire weather forecast it really was a case of "soave sia il vento"...

Peacocks in Paris: an Engrossing La Traviata at Opera Holland Park

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Only in Holland Park could you hear in one moment the amplified sound of laboured breathing and in the next the hoarse cry of the peacock. Pavonine contributions were energetic in the final act...

Rachvelishvili triumphs as Azucena in Berlin

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Hans Neuenfels’ production of Verdi's Il trovatore premiered in 1996, and it presents all the dated features of that era: provocation, non sequiturs, random nakedness, mocking religion. The usual “look how edgy I am” kind of production....

Madama Butterfly/Der Rosenkavalier review – Glyndebourne openers perplex, provoke and charm

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Glyndebourne’s new season opens with a pair of revivals. Annilese Miskimmon’s staging of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, first seen during the 2016 tour, is new to the main festival. Richard Jones’s production of Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier premiered in 2014....

Effigies of Wickedness review – Nazis’ ‘degenerate’ songs pack a powerful punch

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What on Earth to expect from Effigies of Wickedness? It’s billed as the first collaboration between English National Opera and the Gate theatre in Notting Hill – the love child of an opera company...

Lessons in Love and Violence Review – Soaring Tale of a Brutal Royal Downfall

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George Benjamin’s first fully fledged opera, Written on Skin, has been performed widely since its premiere at the Aix-en-Provence festival six years ago and it is no surprise that his second has been co-commissioned by seven opera...

Opera’s Roads not Taken: two Rarities in Italy

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Opera houses are increasingly loth to take artistic risks these days, for frustrating but wholly understandable reasons. With financial subsidies tight, familiar works and famous singers will shift tickets in a way that neglected...

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