opera

Bryn Terfel to become the next Tevye

By Daniel Easterman, June 26, 2014

Opera superstar Bryn Terfel is set to take the lead role in a production of Fiddler on the Roof planned for next summer at the Grange Park country estate in Hampshire.

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Opera review - Die Frau ohne Schatten (Royal Opera House): This Strauss in the House is as good as it gets

By Stephen Pollard, March 20, 2014

How’s this for a 20th-century plot? A supernatural Empress is married to a human Emperor who will be turned to stone if the Empress is not able to buy a shadow from a poor woman. And those are just the basic elements.
Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten is sometimes described as his response to The Magic Flute.

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Don Giovanni Royal Opera House: A Don done with such impressive thought

By Stephen Pollard, February 7, 2014

Kasper Holten’s new production of Don Giovanni is unmissable. There’s not a scene that hasn’t been thoroughly thought through and not a character who hasn’t been dissected. That means a constantly rewarding intellectual challenge — such as the idea that, far from being helpless victims, Donna Anna and Zerlina are complicit in their dalliances with the Don.

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Blood-libel opera opens in Budapest

By Valentina Jovanovski, October 11, 2013

A blood libel in which Jews were falsely accused of killing a young Christian girl and using her blood in a religious ritual in 19th century Hungary is the basis for a new opera opening this weekend in Budapest.

The Red Heifer is based on a true story set in the Hungarian village of Tiszaeszlár, where 14-year-old Eszter Solymosi disappeared in 1882.

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A National treasure — Hytner looks back on his greatest hits

By John Nathan, May 23, 2013

It was Nicholas Hytner’s third big opening in as many weeks. And how better to follow celebrated productions of Verdi’s Don Carlo starring Jonas Kaufmann at the Royal Opera House and Shakespeare’s Othello with Adrian Lester at the National Theatre than an evening in conversation at the London Jewish Cultural Centre.

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Holocaust-themed Tannhauser cancelled

By Sandy Rashty, May 17, 2013

A Holocaust-themed production of Wagner opera was cancelled last week after its traumatic scenes caused a number of guests to seek medical help.

The Dusseldorf opera’s version of Tannhauser included scenes of rape, suicide and a family having their heads shaved before they were shot. Some guests were so distressed that they were treated for shock.

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Cancelling Holocaust opera is 'censorship’, claims German director

By Sandy Rashty, May 14, 2013

A German director has described the decision to cancel his Holocaust-themed opera production as "censorship".

Director Burkhard C Kosminski's modern production of Richard Wagner’s Tannhauser, which held its opening night at the Rheinoper in Düsseldorf, was cancelled last week after its traumatic scenes caused a number of guests to seek medical help.

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Holocaust opera cancelled after guests traumatised

By Sandy Rashty, May 13, 2013

A Holocaust-themed opera production was cancelled last week after its traumatic scenes caused a number of guests to seek medical help.

The modern production of Richard Wagner’s Tannhauser, had its opening night at the Rheinoper in Düsseldorf.

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New life for Viktor Ullmann's Terezin opera - The Emperor of Atlantis

By Ruth Rothenberg, October 18, 2012

It takes an Irish-Canadian Catholic to stage an opera written in a Nazi concentration camp by Jews pillorying Hitler.

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Opera recital series to launch on Sky Arts

By Marcus Dysch, August 23, 2012

Opera star Anna Caterina Antonacci and Juan Diego Florez are among those whose careers have been helped by the leading arts philanthropist and lawyer, Ian Rosenblatt.

Now Mr Rosenblatt has secured a major TV deal with Sky Arts to broadcast an international opera recital series.

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