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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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Inside Wagner’s Head, Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House – Review

Part of the Deloitte Ignite Festival 2013 Written and performed by Simon Callow Directed by Simon Stokes ★★★★ Pros: Witty, well-pitched and refreshing taste of classical music.  Cons: It’s difficult to find any. Price of tickets is a little high given the ethos of the festival.  Our Verdict: An eloquently written, superbly performed and directed potted history of Richard Wagner. Courtesy of Royal Opera House  Straight up, I am no great listener of classical music. I have been to the ...

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