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2008-10-03 15:00:19

By PATSY FULLER GILBERT and Sullivan's muchloved Mikado is undergoing a spectacular makeover... in black and white. All the costumes, sets and props will be in monochrome when Spa Opera perform the light-hearted operetta at the Spa Centre in Leamington later this month. Director Kenny Robinson says the black-and-white theme is a tribute to a 1986 production of The Mikado created by Jonathan Miller. "It really is taking a well-loved classic and doing something a little different to give...

2008-09-28 03:00:17

By Holloway, Robin There was no space in my report last month, on a first visit to the Bayreuth Festival, for what was in retrospect its most exciting quart d'heure, a privileged informal investigation of the unique orchestra layout that produces the Festspielhaus's unique acoustic. This, I was kindly permitted to explore one afternoon. Impossible to imagine from the auditorium the precarious peculiarity of this astonishing construction, steeply raked downward from the conductor's chair at...

2008-09-24 21:00:22

By Cheryl North Sigmund Freud would have been fascinated had he been in the audience of the San Francisco Opera's opening production of Erich Wolfgang Korngold's 1920 opera "Die Tote Stadt" Tuesday evening at the War Memorial Opera House. A host of Freudian elements were assayed onstage via the opera's embodiment of the struggles between death and life, dreamlike fantasy and reality, sexual vs. spiritual ecstasy, and transcendence vs. tawdriness. There were overtones of sado-masochism,...

2008-09-20 15:00:30

MONMOUTH - The Theater At Monmouth will once again bring the wry comedy and joyous music of Gilbert and Sullivan to the Cumston Hall stage with its production of "The Mikado." The comic classic will run Sept. 26 to Oct. 5. "The Mikado" takes place in the fictional Japanese town of Titipu. The plot revolves around lovers Yum-Yum and Nanki-Poo and the machinations of Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner, who does everything he can to avoid executing anyone. Ridiculous characters and silly plot...

2008-09-19 15:00:32

By CRAIG SMITH When I first heard about East Village Opera Company's specialty of rock, jazz, or pop-song renditions of operatic arias, I was skeptical. When Olde School, the company's new disc, crossed my desk, I was even more dubious. Eeeeeee, I thought, what's this going to be like? But after several listenings, I became a convert. Not at the head of the choir, perhaps, but definitely in the fold. Several reasons. For one, the performances are first-rate, both technically and...

2008-09-18 12:00:19

By MAUREEN COLEMAN Two works of different styles and from different centuries will be staged to mark the 25th anniversary of Castleward Opera next year. For its milestone season of making music on the shores of Strangford Lough, the organisers have opted for two productions which continue the tradition of excellence that has become the hallmark of Castleward. The main offering in the 2009 season will be Johann Strauss's magical operetta, Die Fledermaus, the Bat. This is a hilarious...

2008-09-17 06:00:27

By Tim Cornwell FROM the leading Scottish novelist Louise Welsh, to the Glasgow doctor and blogger Margaret McCartney, the next ten names to write five new operas were unveiled yesterday. Scottish Opera announced the line-up for its second production of five brand-new 15-minute operas. Last year's sell-out Five:15 show featured leading authors Ian Rankin and Alexander McCall Smith and film composer Craig Armstrong. It generated a surge of media coverage for the opera company....

2008-09-12 00:00:11

By Jim Farber Los Angeles Opera's long and ardent courtship of Hollywood produced the perfect match for Saturday's gala opening of the company's 2008-2009 season with Academy Award-winning film directors William Friedkin and Woody Allen dividing the task of staging Giacomo Puccini's tragic, sentimental, comic trilogy, "Il Trittico." The red-carpet event at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion featured Hollywood glitterati in the audience and at least one film veteran (Friedkin) on stage taking...

2008-09-12 00:00:11

Three brand new operatic productions in a grand amphitheatre setting are being performed at the Bristol Hippodrome next month and today we offer readers the chance to win tickets to see them. Bizet's Carmen and Puccini's La Boheme and Tosca will each be performed by a large company with a live philharmonic orchestra starring handpicked international soloists alongside the full Chisinau National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus. Carmen is staged in a bullring to add a new twist to...

2008-09-08 15:00:42

By MICHAEL TUMELTY Opera T HE MERRY WIDOW, EASTWOOD PARK THEATRE, GIFFNOCK 3/5 SCOTTISH Opera's solution to the challenge it faced in deciding to stage Lehar's operetta, The Merry Widow, in one of its small- scale touring productions, is ingenious but irritating. The nature of the challenge is precise and needs to be outlined. By definition, the company's touring policy includes taking opera to small stages in small venues throughout Scotland. The basic issue is always the same: how...


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