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“A kind of diabolical Toy Story”: The best Opera on this month

Leeds, London and Birmingham all host what promise to be great performances

By Neil Norman   September 2017

L’enfant et les sortilèges 

Leeds Grand Theatre, 16th September to 18th November 

Ravel’s second opera is a kind of diabolical Toy Story. A warning to children it tells of a child who mistreats animals, toys and objects with a disdain bordering on the sadistic. When the objects come alive and give him a dose of his own medicine matters get really lively. Originally intended as a ballet it evolved into an opera over the years following Ravel’s wartime experiences and finally received its premiere in 1925 in Monte Carlo with ballet scenes…

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