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English Touring Opera

Paul Bunyan, English Touring Opera, Linbury Studio Theatre

Paul Bunyan, best described as a "choral operetta", was Britten’s first foray into the operatic, and much of its value is surely gleaned through the prism of subsequent successes. The composer withdrew it after its poorly received US premiere in...

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The Emperor of Atlantis, English Touring Opera

Victor Ullmann’s 1943 opera The Emperor of Atlantis never made it beyond a dress rehearsal during the composer’s tragically curtailed lifetime. Composed in the Terezín concentration camp, this operatic satire is a work of exquisite bravery – a...

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Xerxes, Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music

“Morning at the airfield: King Xerxes admires the new Spitfire, which he hopes will transform his continental campaign.” If the title – emphatically Xerxes rather than Serse – hadn’t already given the game away, the synopsis for English Touring...

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The Duenna, English Touring Opera, Linbury Studio Theatre

Adrian Thompson, Richard Suart and Damian Thantrey celebrate 'a bumper of liquor'

Christmas has come early to the Royal Opera House this year. Without a single shout of “He’s behind you!” or even an implausibly-uddered dancing cow, pantomime season is well and truly underway in the form of The Duenna – a corset-straining,...

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