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Reviews Of The Year By George Fleeton

*  La Traviata, La Scala *  The Sands Family, Down Arts Centre *  The Railway Man, Queen’s Film Theatre  Reviewed by George Fleeton © 2013 Here be three very contrasting events to round out another year of arts-and-culture-in-performance reviews on Down News.  Earlier, best operas of 2013, in my book, were: Lyric Opera…

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62º Wexford Festival Opera: Act 5

62º  Wexford Festival Opera: Act 5 by George Fleeton ©2013 Lunchtime Recitals Each year, these Recitals are invariably a highlight of my visit to Wexford, as a small number of the Festival’s leading singers take the opportunity to impress us in wider repertoires and in a bright and  fairly intimate performance space My…

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62º Wexford Festival Opera: Act 4

62º  Wexford Festival Opera: Act 4 by George Fleeton © 2013  ShortWorks Having addressed the flagship Festival operas earlier (¹) (²) (³), some critical consideration needs to be given to the four minor or short works, usually staged, mornings and/or afternoons, in less than salubrious performance spaces around Wexford town. Generally speaking these operas…

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62o Wexford Festival Opera: Act 3

62o Wexford Festival Opera: Act 3 by George Fleeton © 2013. Cristina, Regina di Svezia Wexford’s third and final main stage production Christina, Queen of Sweden(Stockholm, 1849) was, by several lengths, the dark, long-odds favourite at this year’s Festival (as indeed were Smetana’s Hubiĉka, Statkowski’s Mária and Cilea’s L’Arlesiana in previous years). This is a work composed by Jacopo Foroni…

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62º Wexford Festival Opera: Act 2

62º Wexford Festival Opera: Act  by George Fleeton © 2013 Thérèse & La Navarraise Jules Massenet wrote well over twenty operas of which Manon, Le Cid and Werther are the most familiar. His world was defined by song, and Wexford has not neglected his lesser-known works over the years: Bernadette Greevy sang Massenet’s…

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62º Wexford Festival Opera

62º Wexford Festival Opera: Act 1 George Fleeton © 2013 “… 1979 was The Year of the Missing Lemon Juice. The Theatre Royal in Wexford holds 440; it was completely full that night, so there are, allowing for a few who have already died … hardly more than four hundred people…

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