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George Hall

George Hall

Biography

George Hall writes widely on opera and has contributed regularly to The Stage since 2000. He has also contributed to such publications as The New Penguin Opera Guide and the Oxford Companion to Music

Recent Articles

The Seven Deadly Sins/Mahagonny Songspiel

The Seven Deadly Sins/Mahagonny Songspiel

Brecht/Weill double bill from the Royal Opera Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in which the first half hits the spot more securely than the second
Messiah

Messiah

ENO’s well sung but shortened televised Messiah whets the appetite for more
Royal Opera’s Oliver Mears: ‘We are still adapting to the times, but our ambition is just as strong’

Royal Opera’s Oliver Mears: ‘We are still adapting to the times, but our ambition is just as strong’

Since its doors closed a year ago, the Royal Opera House has produced online premieres and slimmed-down shows at reduced capacities. As Covent Garden prepares for full reopening, director of opera Oliver Mears tells George Hall how making work during the pandemic has inspired the company to innovate while maintaining high artistic standards
L’Heure Espagnole

L’Heure Espagnole

Grange Park Opera’s well-crafted film of Ravel’s 1911 sex comedy raises a few knowing smiles
Shows, interrupted: Carmen by Welsh National Opera – 'we hadn’t realised how quickly the tour would be over'

Shows, interrupted: Carmen by Welsh National Opera – 'we hadn’t realised how quickly the tour would be over'

The team behind Welsh National Opera’s Carmen tell The Stage how the show’s abrupt cancellation led to experiences including volunteering, yoga teaching and winning global awards
Xerse

Xerse

Despite Covid restrictions and some technical hitches, Ensemble OrQuesta’s Baroque revival impresses
Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel

Strong performances and high musical standards compensate for a limited visual presentation in Scottish Opera’s version of Hansel and Gretel
The Turn of the Screw

The Turn of the Screw

Benjamin Britten’s opera finds an ideal location in OperaGlass Works’ film made at Wilton’s Music Hall
Così Fan Tutte

Così Fan Tutte

Roxana Haines’ concert staging for Scottish Opera turns Mozart’s comedy into a reality TV show
The Pirates of Penzance

The Pirates of Penzance

Effervescent revival of Sasha Regan’s staging of The Pirates of Penzance provides a tonic in tough times
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