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Joshua ‘magnificently delivered by Opera North’

Charles Edwards has directed and designed the sets and lighting for a new production of  Handel’s rarely-staged oratorio Joshua for Opera North. First performed in Covent Garden in 1748, it recounts the entry of the Israelites into the Promised Land; its original audience would have seen it as a metaphor for…

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TMA Award & Golden Mask nomination

Christopher Alden’s production of Norma for Opera North, with sets designed by Charles Edwards, has won  the prestigious TMA Award for Achievement in Opera at the Theatre Awards UK 2012. Richard Mantle, Opera North’s general director, said: ‘Opera North is delighted that Christopher Alden’s vivid and intense production of Norma has received this award…

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‘Yannis Thavoris’s sets… exemplary’ for triple bill

The recent production of a triple bill of operas by Massenet and Martinu, directed by Stephen Barlow for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with designs by Performing Arts client Yannis Thavoris, had excellent reviews. There were many positive mentions of Thavoris’s designs, as well as praise for Stephen Barlow’s direction, the…

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4 & 5 star reviews for Lucy Prebble’s The Effect

The new play by Lucy Prebble, The Effect, has opened at the National Theatre to rave reviews. Directed by Rupert Goold, who also directed her previous hit Enron, the play was lit by Performing Arts client Jon Clark. ‘The Effect is an astonishingly rich and rewarding play, as intelligent as it is deeply…

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Adey’s conducting ‘powerful’ and ‘sympathetic’

Christopher Adey conducted the Academy of St Thomas Orchestra in a sell-out concert of Beethoven, Brahms and Mendelssohn at St Andrew’s Hall in Norwich on 20th October, reviewed here by Frank Cliff. “Scarcely an empty seat in St Andrew’s Hall for Saturday’s concert by the Academy of St. Thomas of…

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Un Ballo in Maschera opens at the Met

Un Ballo in Maschera, directed by David Alden with costumes by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, has just opened at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.  Reviews singled out  the quality of the singing, and Brigitte Reiffenstuel’s elegant costumes. The New York Times praised “the handsome suits and dresses by the costume designer Brigitte Reiffenstuel,…

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