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Riches to Rags: Two Takes on Opera in 2017

Credit: Robert Workman

In late November I saw the world premiere of the contemporary opera Marnie at the London Coliseum. In addition to the dozen or so principals, I counted a chorus of 37 who appeared variously as office workers, funeral mourners and party guests. Plus 10 dancers who doubled as scene shifters, and four additional Marnie alter egos. That made an on-stage cast of over 60; add in the orchestra, the lighting engineers and the rest of the backstage crew, and it meant that well over 100 ...

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Tosca, King’s Head Theatre – Review

Credit: Jacob Sacks-Jones

Pros: There’s something very magical about seeing an opera in such a small space and immersing yourself in the music. Cons: Some theatrical tricks employed here might be better left for the big stages. This new reworking of Giacomo Puccini’s opera Tosca, by Becca Marriott and King’s Head Theatre artistic director Adam Spreadbury-Maher, is set in Paris during World War Two. Painter Marius, played on press night by Martin Lindau, has agreed to hide a Jewish man who has escaped ...

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