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As good a treatment of a Bellini opera as we are likely to see: WNO's I puritani reviewed

Plus: the Royal Opera's first ever production of Gluck's Orphee et Eurydice is full of risible dancing and pointless directorial decisions

19 September 2015

8:00 AM

19 September 2015

8:00 AM

I puritani

Wales Millennium Centre, touring until 17 November

Orphée et Eurydice

Royal Opera House, in rep until 3 October

Bellini belongs to that category of not-quite-great operatic composers whose works are also very difficult to perform adequately, and don’t seem to be all that popular when they are. But Welsh National Opera’s theme for the season of Madness means that as one of the leading exponents of operatic insanity Bellini is bound to turn up, and WNO does him proud vocally, if not in production, by mounting I puritani, his last and for some aficionados his finest opera.

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