Tag Archives: Oliver Townsend

Così fan tutte, English Touring Opera, ETO, Hackney Empire, March 2020

A delightful production in bright colours with a very fine young cast, all under the baton Holly Mathieson. My review in The Article.

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The Tales of Hoffmann, English Touring Opera, ETO, Britten Theatre, RCM, October 2015

Offenbach’s greatest work, which he regarded as a last chance for recognition as a composer of serious opera, remained incomplete at his death in autumn 1880. Its main character Hoffmann — jurist, composer, critic, cartoonist, and author of fantastic tales that form the basis for Nutcracker, Coppelia and Schumann’s Kreisleriana — himself became a character …

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