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Zelenka - The Bohemian Bach: Concert: Sunday 1 November: Review

Nov 18, 2015

The following review appeared in The 20 November edition of the Farnham Herald: Min Wood wrote:..."Cultural treasures are easily lost, threatened as they are by politics, prejudice and fashion. Take the music of Jan Dismas Zelenka, 1679-1745, a court composer for August the Strong, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland, in Dresden. It was then a city striving to be the cultural heart of Europe. The court orchestra set a new standard of excellence and into this inspired group Zelenka, from Prague, was brought as a double bass player. He had two other important attributes. He came with a deep knowledge of Bohemian folk music and he was Catholic in a staunchly Lutheran city.

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Opera Magazine review of The Rake's Progress

Apr 22, 2015

Reviewed by Yehuda Shapiro

Running the full 20-metre length of the exquiste beamed barn that is home to Bury Court Opera was a catwalk, with banked seating for the audience down either side. Was this particular grpgress going to take the form of a fashion show? In the event, Aylin Bozok's darkly glamorous production was not constrained by a single extended metaphor, but it drew stringly on her fascination with symbols and ritual - so central to the haunting Pelleas et Melisande she staged in 2013 at both the Grimeborn Festival and Bury Court. The fateful presence of playing cards, for instance, was not restricted to the graveyard scene, and Anne's hand mirror, which in the first scene reflected her naively smug contentment, later served to shed light on Tom's situation.

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WhatsOnStage review of The Rake's Progress

Mar 08, 2015

Reviewed By Mark Valencia

"Burrow around Britain and you'll find plenty of operas being performed in farmsteads, village halls and back gardens. Some of them are quite good; but few, I'd venture, can hold a candle to the barn on the Hampshire-Surrey border that's currently hosting Stravinsky's devilishly insidious opera.
Bury Court Opera's reputation precedes it. Anticipate a professional cadre, high production values and musical excellence and The Rake's Progress will tick all the boxes. Admirers of Stravinsky's lucent score should not hesitate.

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