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Opera

Tippett’s triumphant failure: Birmingham Opera Company’s The Ice Break reviewed

Plus: Why I vow never to see Madama Butterfly again

11 April 2015

9:00 AM

11 April 2015

9:00 AM

The Ice Break

Birmingham Opera Company

Madama Butterfly

Royal Opera House

The Ice Break is Michael Tippett’s fourth opera, first produced at Covent Garden in 1977 and rarely produced anywhere since, though there is an excellent recording of it. Its brevity (75 minutes) rather took the wind out of the Royal Opera’s sails, since they had envisaged a full evening’s piece.

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