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Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Opera House, review: Spartacus production is blockbusting business as usual for celebrated Moscow company

The Bolshoi Ballet opened its London summer season with Spartacus, which is blockbusting business as usual for the celebrated Moscow company. The dancers pour themselves into the ripsnorting leaps and bounds of Yuri Grigorovich’s 1968 drama, dancing with characteristic power and belief. Spartacus, the story of slave revolt, has been …

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Die Zauberflöte, Glyndebourne Festival Opera review: The show breaks free of director Renaud Doucet’s contrived, PC rewrites

In his pre-show sales pitch, the French-Canadian director-choreographer Renaud Doucet announced, with a foot-stamping petulance, that Mozart’s Magic Flute is “a racist and mostly very sexist opera, which is something we couldn’t accept”. For this reason he and his designer André Barbe have spent the last 15 years turning down invitations …

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