The Elixir of Love

When you hear the name Donizetti, you think of Italy. And when you hear of his opera entitled L’Elisir d’Amore, all sorts of romantic notions are conjured up. Barry Island, on the other hand, seems far less glamorous than you’d expect; the home of Stacey Shipman (née West), this Welsh seaside resort is the setting for […]

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La Tragédie de Carmen

First performed in 1875, Bizet’s Carmen was far from an instant hit. It took until a revival eight years later for Parisian audiences to really be charmed by the piece, which is now an incredibly popular opera all around the world. Sung in French, it is based on a novella by Prosper Mérimée. Pop-Up Opera […]

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Mary’s Hand

Guest reviewer: Thomas Joy “I am the one you do not like.” The opening line of McCaldin Arts’ new production, Mary’s Hand, is the knell that sets the scene so beautifully for this new piece. Indeed, the next line, “I am history’s creature”, strikes at the heart of what this piece is. A hauntingly intimate portrait […]

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Opera Undressed: La traviata

A theatrical new year’s resolution that I kept making was to have a night at the opera – I technically achieved that last year, when I saw Pop-Up Opera’s Hansel and Gretel at the Museum of Childhood, and I’ve since also seen the King’s Head production of La Bohème at Trafalgar Studios. However, I still […]

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End of 2017 report

With Sunny Afternoon officially off the radar (I’d kept Wimbledon in mind, but timing & prices sealed it), 2017 was set to revolve almost entirely around the Globe. There was also the tiny thing of my solo trip to New York to think about early on… Despite a slow, measured start, I upped the pace […]

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Hansel and Gretel

It’s been a long-standing theatre resolution for me to have “a night at the opera” (first in 2016, now carried over to this year); though I’d intended on this being at an opera house, I don’t think I could’ve had a better introduction to a live opera experience than the one I finally had last […]

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Coming up in 2016…

As I’ve managed to accidentally fall in love with the second Sunny cast (oops), I’ll now be going to that more often than I’d initially anticipated… But that doesn’t mean I’ll be letting everything else fall by the wayside! There are a few things that I want to see more than once, but hopefully there’s […]

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