Opera

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…

Notes on a scandal

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Kids: who’d have them? Certainly no one who has ever been to the opera. If they’re not murdering you, they’re…

Notes on a scandal

2 February 2017 3:00 pm

Kids: who’d have them? Certainly no one who has ever been to the opera. If they’re not murdering you, they’re…

Notes on a scandal

2 February 2017 3:00 pm

Kids: who’d have them? Certainly no one who has ever been to the opera. If they’re not murdering you, they’re…

Snow blindness

28 January 2017 9:00 am

Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden has not received a professional staging in the UK for 60 years. Think about that for…

Snow blindness

26 January 2017 3:00 pm

Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden has not received a professional staging in the UK for 60 years. Think about that for…

Snow blindness

26 January 2017 3:00 pm

Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden has not received a professional staging in the UK for 60 years. Think about that for…

Death rattle

21 January 2017 9:00 am

The Barbican website warns us that Ligeti’s opera Le grand macabre ‘contains very strong language and adult themes’. The strong…

Death rattle

19 January 2017 3:00 pm

The Barbican website warns us that Ligeti’s opera Le grand macabre ‘contains very strong language and adult themes’. The strong…

Death rattle

19 January 2017 3:00 pm

The Barbican website warns us that Ligeti’s opera Le grand macabre ‘contains very strong language and adult themes’. The strong…

Giving it both barrels

7 January 2017 9:00 am

In Joseph Roth’s The Radetzky March, the ageing Emperor Franz Joseph regrets the drab field-grey that has replaced his army’s…

Giving it both barrels

5 January 2017 3:00 pm

In Joseph Roth’s The Radetzky March, the ageing Emperor Franz Joseph regrets the drab field-grey that has replaced his army’s…

Giving it both barrels

5 January 2017 3:00 pm

In Joseph Roth’s The Radetzky March, the ageing Emperor Franz Joseph regrets the drab field-grey that has replaced his army’s…

Gardeners’ world

10 December 2016 9:00 am

For the past few weeks I have been working my way through Decca’s gigantic set of every note Mozart wrote…

Gardeners’ world

8 December 2016 3:00 pm

For the past few weeks I have been working my way through Decca’s gigantic set of every note Mozart wrote…

Gardeners’ world

8 December 2016 3:00 pm

For the past few weeks I have been working my way through Decca’s gigantic set of every note Mozart wrote…

From first to last

3 December 2016 9:00 am

As the dreaded season of goodwill approaches, the Royal Opera has mounted two revivals of pieces that are interestingly contrasted:…

From first to last

1 December 2016 3:00 pm

As the dreaded season of goodwill approaches, the Royal Opera has mounted two revivals of pieces that are interestingly contrasted:…

From first to last

1 December 2016 3:00 pm

As the dreaded season of goodwill approaches, the Royal Opera has mounted two revivals of pieces that are interestingly contrasted:…

All’s well that ends well

26 November 2016 9:00 am

The last ten minutes of any Don Giovanni tell you more about a director than the previous two hours. Mozart’s…

All at sea: Rachel Kelly as Donna Elvira and Henk Neven as Don Giovanni in Northern Ireland Opera’s ‘Don Giovanni’

All’s well that ends well

24 November 2016 3:00 pm

The last ten minutes of any Don Giovanni tell you more about a director than the previous two hours. Mozart’s…

All at sea: Rachel Kelly as Donna Elvira and Henk Neven as Don Giovanni in Northern Ireland Opera’s ‘Don Giovanni’

All’s well that ends well

24 November 2016 3:00 pm

The last ten minutes of any Don Giovanni tell you more about a director than the previous two hours. Mozart’s…

Another fine mess

19 November 2016 9:00 am

I wonder why ENO has invested in a new production of Berg’s Lulu, when the previous one, which we first…

Intimations of perplexity: Joanna Dudley in ‘Lulu’ at ENO

Another fine mess

17 November 2016 3:00 pm

I wonder why ENO has invested in a new production of Berg’s Lulu, when the previous one, which we first…

Intimations of perplexity: Joanna Dudley in ‘Lulu’ at ENO

Another fine mess

17 November 2016 3:00 pm

I wonder why ENO has invested in a new production of Berg’s Lulu, when the previous one, which we first…