Opera

False start

20 May 2017 9:00 am

When a composer begins an opera, they create a world. You don’t need a full-scale overture: the tear-stained violins that…

Mild things

13 May 2017 9:00 am

English Touring Opera is playing safe this spring, with Tosca and Patience, and was rewarded, in Cambridge at least, with…

Sunyoung Seo as Liù, Alastair Miles as Timur and Rafael Rojas as Calaf in Opera North’s production of Turandot

Stand and deliver

6 May 2017 9:00 am

Some opera-lovers prefer concert performances to full stagings. I don’t. It’s that whole Gesamtkunstwerk thing: opera needs to be seen…

Fallen angel

29 April 2017 9:00 am

The Adèsives were out in force at Covent Garden last Monday for the UK première of their hero’s third opera,…

Take a bow

22 April 2017 9:00 am

Monteverdi 450 — the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists’ tour of his three operas to 33 cities across two…

Country pleasures

15 April 2017 9:00 am

The English weren’t the first cowpat composers. Jean-Philippe Rameau raised the art of frolicking in the fields to such heights…

Gresa Pallaska and Robert Jack in ‘The 8th Door’

Blowing the bloody doors off

8 April 2017 9:00 am

As we waited for curtain-up on Scottish Opera’s new production of Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle a member of staff walked out…

Death becomes her

1 April 2017 9:00 am

Opera is littered with the bodies of abandoned women. Step over Dido and Gilda, and you’ll still stumble into Donna…

Slyly surreal: Christopher Alden’s Partenope at ENO

Denial has rarely looked so good

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Ceci n’est pas une Partenope. Forget the warring classical kingdoms of Naples and Cumae: this is surrealist Paris in the…

Fatal distraction

18 March 2017 9:00 am

I don’t think that I have left a theatre many times feeling as depressed and irritated as after the Royal…

Scottish power

11 March 2017 9:00 am

‘Perhaps in this world nothing ever happens without purpose,’ sings old, blind King Arkel in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, and…

Scottish power

9 March 2017 3:00 pm

‘Perhaps in this world nothing ever happens without purpose,’ sings old, blind King Arkel in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, and…

Scottish power

9 March 2017 3:00 pm

‘Perhaps in this world nothing ever happens without purpose,’ sings old, blind King Arkel in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, and…

Cold comfort: Zach Roberts in Rory Kinnear’s ‘The Winter’s Tale’ at ENO

Statue-esque

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Why set a supremely great play to music? The Winter’s Tale, the play of Shakespeare’s that I love most, has…

Cold comfort: Zach Roberts in Rory Kinnear’s ‘The Winter’s Tale’ at ENO

Statue-esque

2 March 2017 3:00 pm

Why set a supremely great play to music? The Winter’s Tale, the play of Shakespeare’s that I love most, has…

Cold comfort: Zach Roberts in Rory Kinnear’s ‘The Winter’s Tale’ at ENO

Statue-esque

2 March 2017 3:00 pm

Why set a supremely great play to music? The Winter’s Tale, the play of Shakespeare’s that I love most, has…

Tough love

25 February 2017 9:00 am

Frank Martin is one of those composers whose work seems to survive only by virtue of constantly renewed neglect. His…

Tough love

23 February 2017 3:00 pm

Frank Martin is one of those composers whose work seems to survive only by virtue of constantly renewed neglect. His…

Tough love

23 February 2017 3:00 pm

Frank Martin is one of those composers whose work seems to survive only by virtue of constantly renewed neglect. His…

Tough love

23 February 2017 3:00 pm

Frank Martin is one of those composers whose work seems to survive only by virtue of constantly renewed neglect. His…

Doing a disservice to a lovely opera: Angela Gheorghiu as Adriana Lecouvreur

British sea power

18 February 2017 9:00 am

The story so far: in 1986 English National Opera hired Jonathan Miller to direct Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado. The…

Doing a disservice to a lovely opera: Angela Gheorghiu as Adriana Lecouvreur

British sea power

16 February 2017 3:00 pm

The story so far: in 1986 English National Opera hired Jonathan Miller to direct Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado. The…

Doing a disservice to a lovely opera: Angela Gheorghiu as Adriana Lecouvreur

British sea power

16 February 2017 3:00 pm

The story so far: in 1986 English National Opera hired Jonathan Miller to direct Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado. The…

Losing the plot

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Fully to enjoy Opera North’s new production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel you need to take a trinocular perspective on…

Losing the plot

9 February 2017 3:00 pm

Fully to enjoy Opera North’s new production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel you need to take a trinocular perspective on…