Charlotte Valori

Charlotte Valori read Classics at Christ Church, Oxford. As a classicist, her main interest is Greek tragedy (particularly Aeschylus' Oresteia) and its reception by later cultures, which gave her the excellent excuse to immerse herself in the best of theatre and opera at Oxford. And twelve years later, she’s still using it to justify what has become a lifelong passion, although she no longer has an exclusively classical focus. Charlotte also maintains strong interests in the wider worlds of literature, poetry, art and film.
Dark doings and darker sounds: Crows' Bones at Spitalfields Music Winter Festival

Crows' Bones puts together a series of murderous folk ballads which made for an eerie, atmospheric evening – yet never quite come to life. Part of the Spitalfields Music Winter Festival.

Tuesday 17th December 2013 Read more...
Fish out of Water: Blind Tiger’s The Little Mermaid at Riverside Studios

Blind Tiger's dark, moody, angst-ridden Little Mermaid is an informative and intriguing watch. But be warned: it's not exactly Christmas (or children's) fare. At Riverside Studios.

Sunday 15th December 2013 Read more...
From the sublime to the fashion-fabulous: Debussy and Donizetti at the Guildhall School

The Guildhall School's curious double bill of Debussy and Donizetti may have brought together two very, very different operas, but they provided the ideal platform to showcase its future stars. And the set for the Donizetti was not just beautiful, but visionary.

Wednesday 6th November 2013 Read more...
Sob-along-a-Verdi: OperaUpClose's La Traviata at the King's Head Theatre, Islington

Taking Verdi's classic opera to the 1920s, OperaUpClose's La Traviata has an enviable intensity and features some haunting singing.

Monday 4th November 2013 Read more...
Ding, dong, the Sphinx is dead: Greek at ROH Linbury

The East End Oedipus of Berkoff's Greek meets Opera in Mark Anthony Turnage's piece. Performed at ROH Linbury and directed by Michael McCarthy, Music Theatre Wales' production of Greek "packs a punch!"

Wednesday 23rd October 2013 Read more...
Baring all: joyous abandon from Opera Naked at the St James Theatre

Unexpected Opera's Opera Naked is a production with a "passionate, beating heart", in which singers bare all as they share their personal experiences of what Opera means to them. Opera Naked was performed at St Johns Theatre 15-20th October 2013.

Monday 21st October 2013 Read more...
Desperate devotions: Puccini's Suor Angelica by Giornata Opera at St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden

Suor Angelica is ideal hunting-ground for a young opera company like Giornata, who have picked Puccini’s often-neglected personal favourite to perform at St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden this October.

Wednesday 16th October 2013 Read more...
Mummy always knows best: Handel's Agrippina, by English Touring Opera

This joyous production of Agrippina by English Touring Opera, directed by James Conway on a beautiful revolving set by Samal Blak, makes the most of the music, the characters, and the alternately hilarious and unsettling plot of Handel's early masterpiece.

Monday 14th October 2013 Read more...
Love conquers all: English Touring Opera's The Coronation of Poppea appals while it enchants

Claudio Monteverdi's brutally amoral gem still has the power to shock, to stun, and to serenade, as proved by this wonderful production by English Touring Opera. At the Britten Theatre, before touring nationally.

Tuesday 1st October 2013 Read more...
Strawberry fields forever: OperaUpClose's Two Caravans at the King's Head Theatre

Based on Marina Lewycka's 2007 novel of the same name, Two Caravans takes us into the rough, sad but somehow amusing world of Ukrainian strawberry-pickers in Kent, and reflects back some uncomfortable home truths at a home-grown audience. Buzzing with energy, a lively cast offer laughs, thrills, spills... and enough strawberries to make you sick of the sight of them.

Tuesday 1st October 2013 Read more...
Fall in love all over again: Cimarosa's The Secret Marriage with British Youth Opera

British Youth Opera's second autumn production is Domenico Cimarosa's comic opera The Secret Marriage. More complicated and profound operas may exist, but this superb production sparkles with an effervescent charm and vitality.

Thursday 12th September 2013 Read more...
No light without darkness: Inside Wagner's Head with Simon Callow

Simon Callow's new show, part of the Deloitte Ignite Verdi/Wagner festival, curated by Stephen Fry, makes the strong and valid point that the reason some people hate Wagner so much is precisely because his art cuts so deeply into the human psyche, fearlessly confronting his anti-Semitism, his sexual voracity, his constant betrayals of those he loved, and his unparalleled genius.

Wednesday 4th September 2013 Read more...
Go down to the woods today: Pelléas et Mélisande at Grimeborn

Imaginative staging, brilliant acting, superb singing, horrifying finale: this fantastic production brings Maeterlinck's philosophical fairytale to glorious life, in a minimalist vision which allows the myriad images of Debussy's beautiful music to glow and shine. Part of the Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Theatre.

Friday 23rd August 2013 Read more...
Dive in: Dart's Love at Tête à Tête Opera Festival

A glorious, desperate love story with a dark twist, set in and starring a memorable river created by a trio of fabulous sopranos, Dart's Love is a treat for the eyes and ears – and it may even inspire you to try wild swimming for yourself.  A magical highlight of the Tête à Tête Festival at Riverside Studios.

Tuesday 20th August 2013 Read more...
A hidden gem: The Hidden Valley at Tête à Tête

Whether you take it as a magical story, a modern myth or a parable of the natural world, The Hidden Valley will enchant all ages. Creative, inventive and beautiful, with a skilful cast who act as well as they sing, including the notable Juice Vocal Ensemble in a chorus role written especially for them, this dynamic production at the Tête à Tête festival is an absolute treat.

Monday 19th August 2013 Read more...
Back to the grindstone: The Miller's Wife at Grimeborn

Vibrant moments from a valiant cast reward the listener, but one can't help but feel this opera is not yet finished – and still needs editing. Part of the Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Theatre.

Monday 19th August 2013 Read more...
More than bricks and mortar: The Answer to Everything by Streetwise Opera at Tête à Tête

A groundbreaking project by a pioneering charity, The Answer to Everything can take two forms: a 75-minute full performance, with live elements as well as film, which premiered to great acclaim at the BFI earlier this year; and the 40-minute, film-only version, which was screened as part of this year's Tête à Tête Festival at Riverside Studios, Hammersmith.

Tuesday 6th August 2013 Read more...
Don't sleep now: Black Sand at Tête à Tête

What began as an operetta at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama has now developed into a full opera for the Tête à Tête opera festival at Riverside Studios, Hammersmith. Black Sand, with music by Na'ama Zisser and words by Samantha Newton, is about insomnia, insanity, love and sleep – and the Sandman. And it's really rather creepy.

Monday 5th August 2013 Read more...
Beauty may come from this Beast: La Belle de la Bête at Tête à Tête

Not so much a story of love as a story of liberation attempted, and with questions left unanswered at the end, La Belle de la Bête may become something very special in its finished form. This was an exciting concert performance of some extracts at the Tête à Tête festival at Riverside Studios, Hammersmith.

Friday 2nd August 2013 Read more...
Jade Goody in the opera house: and the Crowd (wept) at Tête à Tête

Part of this year's Tête à Tête Opera Festival at Riverside Studios, playwright Afsaneh Gray and composer Erick Flores' new opera and the Crowd (wept) is based on the life of media sensation Jade Goody, who died of cancer in 2009. A fascinating, poignant piece.

Friday 2nd August 2013 Read more...


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