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Opera Reviews

The Cradle Will Rock, Arcola Theatre

David Nice Aaron Shirley's corrupt supremo meets his match in steelworker Larry Foreman (Chris Jenkins)

Events surrounding the birth of the unrepentantly "un-American" Marc Blitzstein's early (1936-7) shot at socially aware music-theatre prove much more interesting than the show itself. Heck, I got more out of reading the programme than I did sitting through the whole darned thing. Let's face it, Blitzstein's mostly foursquare marriage of words and music sucks. Not that the dynamic Mehmet Ergen's latest Arcola team didn't give it their best shot.

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Die Entführung aus dem Serail, OAE, Queen Elizabeth Hall

alexandra Coghlan Susan Gritton: A powerful force as Mozart's most virtuosic of heroines

A problem child in any number of ways, Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail doesn’t always get the professional attention it deserves, certainly not from London companies. The opera’s last outing at the Royal Opera House dates back almost a decade, and you’d have to look even further back to find it in English National Opera’s performing catalogue. If a director manages to get past the knotty Orientalist issues of staging then there are those of the dialogue, not to mention two of...

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A Dog's Heart, English National Opera

David Nice