Opera

Opera, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Theatre

The Magic Flute at Waterperry Gardens in Oxfordshire

The Magic Flute at Waterperry Gardens in Oxfordshire

A review by Nicholas Newman For many Mozart’s Magic Flute is connected with the television series Inspector Morse and Young Morse, less so with a fight between good and evil. Though one thing is certain, […]

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Music, Opera, Oxford, Oxford University

Anne Sofie von Otter  at the Sheldonian Theatre

Anne Sofie von Otter at the Sheldonian Theatre

  A review by Nicholas Newman As part of the Oxford Festival of the Arts, I saw last night at the Sheldonian Theatre Oxford internationally acclaimed Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter is one of […]

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Art, Lifestyle, London, Opera, Paris

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Notes on getting a job as an opera singer

By Nicholas Newman Here is a list of useful links about getting a job as an opera singer. Key qualities needed by an opera singer “Great personal performance in audition.. well groomed and presented. Good […]

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Opera, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Review

FROM THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD by Janacek;
Welsh National Opera;
Wales millennium Centre;
Cardiff;
5 October 2017;
Goryanchikov - Ben McAteer;
Alyeya - Paula Greenwood;
Luka Kuzmich/Filka Morozov - Mark Le Brocq;
Big Convict - Paul Charles Clarke; 
Small Convict - Quentin Hayes;
Commandant - Robert Hayward;
Old Convict - Peter Wilman;
Skuratov - Alan Oke;
Drunken Convict Michael Clifton-Thompson
Chekunov/The Priest - Alastair Moore;
The Cook - Laurence Cole;
The Smith - Martin Lloyd;
Young Convict - Adam Music;
A Whore - Sarah Pope;
Kedril Simon - Crosby Buttle;
Shapkin - Adrian Thompson;
Shishkov - Simon Bailey;
Cherevin/Off Stage Voice - Gareth Dafydd Morris;
Don Juan - Julian Close;
A Guard - Joe Roche;
Four Actors Matthew Batte, Nick Hywell, James Rockey, Dafydd Weeks
Female Child Iona Roderick
Conductor - Tomáš Hanus; 
Director - David Pountney;
Designer - Maria Björnson;
Lighting Designer - Chris Ellis;
Photo credit: © CLIVE BARDA/ArenaPAL;

FROM THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD by Janáček.

Welsh National Opera at New Theatre, Oxford. A review by Julia Gasper     The Czech composer Leos Janáček based this opera on Dostoevsky’s dark novel written after his own personal experience of life – […]

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Opera, Oxford, Theatre

Tchaikowsky’s Eugene Onegin.

Tchaikowsky’s Eugene Onegin.

Julia Gasper reviews How fortunate we are in Oxford to be visited by the Welsh National Opera with its exciting series of new productions to cheer us up in the dreary days of November. None […]

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Opera, Oxford, Oxfordshire

AUDIENCES CAN SIMULATE BEING PART OF SIEGFRIED SASSOON INSPIRED OPERA

AUDIENCES CAN SIMULATE BEING PART OF SIEGFRIED SASSOON INSPIRED OPERA

Audiences will have the chance to feel part of a new opera inspired by Siegfried Sassoon’s poems with an innovative 360-degree simulated experience of Garsington Opera’s Silver Birch on BBC Arts Digital from midday, Wednesday […]

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Opera, Oxford, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford University, Oxfordshire

FOUR YOUNG SINGERS WIN PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS

FOUR YOUNG SINGERS WIN PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS

Winners of this year’s prestigious Leonard Ingrams Foundation awards are tenor Jack Swanson and soprano Alison Rose.   These awards support, encourage and nurture the best young artists involved in the creative process of bringing opera […]

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Art, Heritage, Music, Opera, Oxford, Oxfordshire

La Boheme at Oxford’s New Theatre

La Boheme at Oxford’s New Theatre

A review of La Boheme by Nicholas Newman Ellen Kent’s production of La Boheme at Oxford’s New Theatre 16 February 2017. La Boheme perhaps one of Puccini’s most famous operas, set in Paris’s Latin Quarter of […]

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