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Acclaim for Annabel Arden’s new La Bohème

Described as ‘a sparkling triumph’ by the Telegraph and awarded **** by both The Guardian and The Times, Annabel Arden‘s new production of La Bohème for Welsh National Opera is not to be missed. The Observer hailed it as ‘unshowy but radiant and affecting…Arden takes few liberties with the story yet tells it powerfully,…

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Charlie Edwards’s Idomeneo gets four stars

A new production of Idomeneo, directed and designed by Charlie Edwards for Grange Park, has been given four stars by The Guardian: ‘It’s a slow burner of an evening, but the cast clearly understand the meaning of the text; dramatic intensity builds to a final act of tremendous power.’ Andrew…

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Alex Eales designs Cosi for Opera Holland Park

Alex Eales has designed authentically 18th  century country-house set and costumes for Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte at Opera Holland Park. Giving the production five stars in the Standard, Nick Kimberley said:  ‘Alex Eales’s designs are dressed for the 18th century, and the cast acts convincingly within them. Better still, they…

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Brigitte Reiffenstuel’s costumes for 1950s Falstaff at ROH

Robert Carsen’s new production of Verdi’s Falstaff, which transposes the 1590s into the 1950s – one Elizabethan era to another, opened this month at the Royal Opera House, with costumes designed by Brigitte Reiffenstuel. Confessing that she enjoyed this ‘buoyant and vivacious production’ more than she expected, Fiona Maddocks in The Observer noted how…

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Uncle Vanya at the Print Room designed by Bill Dudley

In one of the many glowing reviews for this new production of Chekhov, Susannah Clapp opened her review for The Observer  by noting the impact of Bill Dudley‘s design: ‘Lucy Bailey’s lovely Uncle Vanya is played in the round and with a twist; the oatmeal and fawn design by William Dudley hangs family portraits at…

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The Damnation of Faust at ENO

The ENO production of The Damnation of Faust, restaged by co-director Leah Hausmann, has opened in Palermo, Sicily. Click here to read reviews.

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