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ROH2 - OperaShots

Opens: 20/04/2012 Closes: 28/04/2012 Linbury Studio Theatre, London
The ROH2's annual series returns. Injecting something refreshing into the genre, OperaShots commissions composers from outside the opera world to create new short works. This year features a piece by minimalist composer Graham Fitkin, and one by lyrical popster Neil Hannon (of The Divine Comedy), on Leo Tolstoy and the Crimean war. For more information visit: http://www.roh.org.uk/whatson/production.aspx?pid=18564 Buy: http://www.roh.org.uk/whatson/production.aspx?pid=18564
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Guardian“A worthy idea...” It's fair to say that thus far the results have been disappointing; too many of those commissioned have turned out to lack a sufficiently strong set of technical skills to create something viable...
 
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Guardian“A worthy idea...” It's fair to say that thus far the results have been disappointing; too many of those commissioned have turned out to lack a sufficiently strong set of technical skills to create something viable...
 
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The Telegraph“A first-rate performance...” Both proved not only innovative and accomplished but enjoyable, too. Neither has been cowed by the freighted challenge and both have wisely interpreted operatic conventions in their own way, without being arrogantly ambitious...
 
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Financial Times“Decent, but not inspiring...” Hannon’s experience, drawn from The Divine Comedy, has not transferred to the opera stage. That, of course, is the risk of “OperaShots” – and the disappointment is not so much that it misses the target as that his pot-shot is so tired...
 
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The Stage“Musical contrast from the start...” In Hannon’s music, which is naturally well written for voices, the disjointed musical scenes stem dramatic flow, and at times the style wavers disconcertingly between Gilbert and Sullivan parody and West End bluster...
 
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