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Anna Bolena & Il Trovatore – Reviews

Anna Bolena & Il Trovatore Reviews by George Fleeton Anna Bolena Donizetti’s breakthrough opera Anna Bolena (Milan, 1830) opened the sixth season of the Met: Live in HD series on October 15th in twelve cinema screens across Ireland, including the Omniplex Dundonald in East Belfast.

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Macbeth: Review By George Fleeton

Macbeth Review By George Fleeton The most mature period of Shakespeare’s output is redolent with his greatest tragedies. Hamlet, Othello and King Lear had each preceded Macbeth, which itself was first performed exactly four hundred years ago.

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West Side Story

West Side Story George Fleeton See how she leans her cheek upon her hand!

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La Esmeralda, Live From The Bolshoi In Moscow

La Esmeralda, live from the Bolshoi in Moscow Review by George Fleeton AT last, in its third season of ballets live by satellite from the beautifully restored State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, in Moscow – and all wonderfully well organised for us by Classical Arts Ireland – we could…

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Of Mice And Men – A Review

Of Mice and Men REVIEW By George Fleeton Just around the corner There’s a rainbow in the sky, So let’s have another cup of coffee And let’s have another piece of pie. (Irving Berlin, Songs of the Depression). More so than is the case with his later masterpieces The Grapes…

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Venice Uncut – Part Two

Venice Uncut – Part Two The 68th Venice Film Festival – scene 2 George Fleeton Was the recent Venice Film Festival (August 31st to September 10th) a reliable barometer for determining current trends in world cinema?

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Venice Uncut

Venice Uncut The 68th Venice Film Festival-scene 1 By George Fleeton This year’s Venice Film Festival proved beyond reasonable doubt that something fundamental has changed irrevocably in the 116 year history and subsequent development of the art of cinema. Gone were values, intelligence, culture, engagement and catharsis, which are just…

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The Turn of the Screw Reviewed By George Fleeton

The Turn of the Screw Reviewed by George Fleeton The third and final opera, beamed live into the Queen’s Film Theatre Belfast this summer from Glyndebourne on August 21st, was Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, a modern piece from 1954.

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Queens Film Theatre Reviews

The Unnamed Governess sings, and La Esmeralda dances – both live at Queen’s Film Theatre Belfast by George Fleeton Since the start of what we now call Opera, very early in the 17th century, there has never been a tradition of opera composition in England, when compared with the heavyweights…

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Die Fledermaus: A Review By George Fleeton

Die Fledermaus at Loughcrew Garden Opera Review by George Fleeton. Loughcrew Garden Opera celebrated twelve years this month, in its ad hoc tented village, ten miles west of Kells in Co. Meath. It is a one-of-a-kind event, neither Glyndebourne nor Castleward, quite independent of public sector funding, manned by volunteers,…

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The Measurable Maturity Of The QFT

The Measurable Maturity of the QFT: Mastersingers and Cherry Orchard George Fleeton Under the direction of Susan Picken, the Queen’ Film Theatre Belfast, our most independent-minded cinema, has matured measurably in the last three years.

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Andrews Sisters Show Review

Review:  By George Fleeton The Andrews Sisters Show helped to get the Summer Season under way at the Newcastle Centre on Friday 1st July . This tribute, to that exceptional close harmony singing group whose heyday had been around 1937-51, was led by Dublin chanteuse Derby Browne with Eileen Coyle…

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Die Fledermaus At Lough Crew

Die Fledermaus at Lough Crew George Fleeton Lough Crew Garden Opera, now in its twelfth year, takes place in a tented village about ten miles west of Kells in Co. Meath.

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Rigoletto: A Scottish Opera Production Review

Rigoletto: A Scottish Opera Production Reviewed by George Fleeton Verdi’s towering music-drama Rigoletto (Venice, 1851) is bullet-proof and, in the seventeen different productions of this opera which I have seen over many years, it largely avoids everything thrown at it by self-indulgent directors, egotistical designers and conductors who ignore the…

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English Touring Opera: Il Tabarro Reviewed

English Touring Opera: A Quadruple Bill. Il Tabarro reviewed by George Fleeton English Touring Opera (ETO) returned to the Grand Opera House in Belfast for a second visit (25-28 May) and played, as was the case last year,* to houses disappointingly less than full, at least on the two nights…

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