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Dr Suzannah Lipscomb on Liszt and Henry VIII

Lipscomb is a historian and TV presenter best known for presenting shows such as 'Hidden Killers of the Tudor Home' and writing books including '1536: The Year That Changed Henry VIII'

Classical review: The Secret Marriage - British Youth Opera

While the big companies trundle out their hackneyed revivals, British Youth Opera ploughs its own furrow, first with a large-scale production of Britten’s “Paul Bunyan”, now with Domenico Cimarosa’s “The Secret Marriage”, an 18th century opera buffa which no major English company has staged in recent memory.

Classical Review: Gloriana -Never enter the Virgin Queen’s

Commissioned to celebrate the coronation of the present Queen, Gloriana was a rare flop for Benjamin Britten. Its story of silly, handsome Robert Devereux’s ascent and descent in the affections of  the ageing Elizabeth I is doubly hampered by the Tudorbethan argot of William Plomer’s libretto and the composer’s garish orchestration of John Dowland’s lute songs. For every moment of beauty and brilliance, there is another of thumb-twiddling banality.

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