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The Journey of Opera

Keisha Frimpong on opera from the 16th century to the 21st. From Handel’s Giulio Cesar to Saint-Saëns and Lemaire’s Samson and Delilah, opera has engaged audiences of all ages for many centuries. This harmonic relationship between music and theatre has evolved over time to keep its contemporary audience entertained. I was first enraptured by the […]

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Culture Theatre

‘Delightfully serene’ ‒ Iolanthe review

Delightfully serene, incredibly funny and as fruity as it should be, Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic work Iolanthe meets Edinburgh University Savoy Opera Group’s fantastic production team and talented cast to create one of the year’s must-see performances.  Iolanthe is a comic opera with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W.S. Gilbert. In this satirical […]

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Fringe Theatre

The Dolls of New Albion

What a difference a year makes. Last year, Thistle N’ Thorn Productions put on this show having to make do with a theatre-in-the-round set up, which just did not do them justice at all. Back this year, with a new cast and in a different venue, they have transformed The Dolls of New Albion into […]

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Culture Theatre

Carmen.maquia by Ballet Hispánico

As the frosty aftermath of ‘the beast from the east’ takes Edinburgh, an escape to watch Ballet Hispánico’s performance of Carmen.maquia with its Latino heat is a much welcome treat. The performance brings the UK debut of Ballet Hispánico to Edinburgh Festival theatre, with a contemporary twist on Bizet’s classic opera and the flamenco inspired […]

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Culture Theatre

Edinburgh Studio Opera’s double bill: ‘Dido & Aeneas’ and ‘Gianni Schicchi’

To mark the 50th anniversary of its founding, Edinburgh Studio Opera is putting on a double-bill of Dido and Aeneas, a 17th century opera by Henry Purcell, and Gianni Schicchi, a 20th century comic opera by Giacomo Puccini. The production as a whole embraces contrast with two very different pieces chosen, the first a complex tragedy, the second a […]

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Theatre

La Traviata

La Traviata is the quintessential opera. It has scandalous liaisons, star-crossed lovers and a heroine slowly wasting away of consumption only to die in her lover’s arms, all set against the lavish backdrop of 1850’s Paris. It’s a beautiful piece of theatre about loss and death, and the Scottish Opera has done it justice brilliantly. […]

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Film

A Night at the Opera: Screening the Staging of Buñuel’s The Exterminating Angel

Mise en Abyme is a French term which translated means ‘placed into the Abyss’. The term describes the experience of being caught between two mirrors and seeing an infinite reproduction of one’s own image. This recursive effect was captured during the Cameo Cinema’s live screening of the Metropolitan Opera’s production of The Exterminating Angel, adapted […]

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Theatre

La Traviata Unwrapped – A preview of things to come

La Traviata Unwrapped opens the curtains a moment too soon, giving the audience a rare glimpse into the action behind the glittering world of the opera, as stage hands place chairs, light candles, and help the singers into place, while the orchestra plays the prelude. The unwrapped evening gives a look at the logistics of […]