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Die Zauberflöte, Mozart
D: David McVicar
C: Maxim EmelyanychevRichard Hetherington
The Magic Flute, Royal Opera House review: an ideal if imperfect Christmas prelude

David McVicar’s production of ‘Die Zauberflöte’ is filled with nocturnal high-jinks

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03 November 2019www.independent.co.ukMichael Church
The Magic Flute, Royal Opera House review

Classic production by David McVicar of Mozart's last opera returns to Covent Garden with a new cast and a star turn

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16 September 2021www.culturewhisper.comClaudia Pritchard
La Traviata, Verdi
D: Richard Eyre
C: Yves AbelRichard HetheringtonNicola Luisotti
La Traviata Is The Cathartic Opera You're Looking For: Review

The Royal Opera House’s latest revival of Richard Eyre’s version sees three different casts used during its run. The initial trio of Venera Gimadieva (Violetta), Samuel Sakker (Alfredo) and Luca Salsi (Germont) all pass muster on a difficult opening night: the original Alfredo Saimir Pirgu came down with a throat infection and was replaced on the day by the Australian tenor. Sakker, unsurprisingly, takes a little while to find his feet but absolutely nails his character’s pathos in the final act. In contrast, Salsi is a tour de force from soup to nuts, his acting perfectly complementing his character’s emotional arc. Russian soprano Gimadieva makes for a subtle Violetta whose impact is only truly felt from the second act onwards; her excoriating two-hander with Salsi is a no-holds-barred tearjerker which will stay long in the memory. Eyre’s production is a considerate and powerful piece. The set design is an expressive beast which ranges from the sumptuous opening party scenes to the denouement’s spartan mise en scène. Direction is fluid and punchy, especially towards the end; conversely the lighting makes a major impact on the first scene but adds comparatively little after. Down in the pit, Yves Abel conducts Verdi’s gorgeous music with verve and aplomb.

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26 January 2016londonist.comFRANCO MILAZZO
Die Zauberflöte, Mozart
D: Barbara LluchDavid McVicarThomas Guthrie
C: Leo HussainRichard Hetherington
The Magic Flute, Royal Opera House review: an ideal if imperfect Christmas prelude

The cast is entirely new, and it’s led by a British tenor who is now deservedly moving centre-stage in London after a long apprenticeship in Germany. Benjamin Hulett’s sound is simply glorious – rich, rounded, warm, and expressive – and he incarnates Prince Tamino as though born to play the part.

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03 November 2019www.independent.co.ukMichael Church

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