Tag: Opera


Review: ETO’s Macbeth at the Norwich Theatre Royal

The English Touring Opera, ‘the leading touring opera company in the UK’, are currently performing three productions, including Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth. Verdi’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s play premiered in Florence, 1847; a revised version was then first performed in Paris in 1865. Having never read Macbeth (I know, I know) or even heard of Verdi (classical…


Review: Cendrillon at the Norwich Theatre Royal

The renowned opera house Glyndebourne is currently touring Cendrillon (Cinderella), a French opera that saw its premiere performance in 1899, Paris. Having wanted to go to an opera for some time, and due to the fact I’m learning, slowly but surely, to speak French, I was quick to take up the opportunity to review Cendrillon…


The Marriage of Figaro “ended any assumption that opera is still exclusive to the upper classes”

For their opening night at Norwich’s Theatre Royal, the English Touring Opera delivered a refreshingly clear interpretation of Mozart’s much-loved opera, The Marriage of Figaro. As someone who was relatively new to the world of opera, I found the performance surprisingly accessible, as well as genuinely funny, at points leading me to laugh aloud. Fortunately,…

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Garrets and Cafés: La Bohème at Norwich Theatre Royal

A broad, two-way-mirrored board dominates the stage. It stands, at something close to a forty-five degree angle, with a window in its centre, through which moonlight floats down into the garret occupied by the poet Rodolfo (David Butt Philip) and his friend the painter Marcello (Grant Doyle). Aside from this, there are a few boxes,…

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Shall we go wild? Donizetti Opera piece comes to Norwich

Naples, 11th May, 1834. A wave of gossip is careering through the city, widening eyes and animating tongues, and for a fortnight, the craze possesses the chattering classes. The reason? Donizetti’s opera Il furioso all’isola di San Domingo (The Madman of the Island of San Domingo), or, as the English Touring Opera is bringing it…

January 2021
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