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Once again English Touring Opera places originality at the forefront of their programming. Only one of the three works in this triple bill is...

La Traviata is all about passion. Passion propels the opera’s drama forward, from the moment the impulsive Violetta decides to abandon her life as...

Pascal Dusapin’s Passion, a meditation on the Orpheus myth, was premiered 10 years ago at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, but this collaboration between Music Theatre...

When Stendhal heard La Cenerentola a few years after its 1817 premiere he branded it trivial and vulgar. Post-French Revolution, Rossini’s noisy servants and...

Over the years English Touring Opera has been loyal to Handel, staging several of his operas with the colourful period-instrument forces of the Old...

The feisty opera company at the King’s Head Theatre, under the artistic direction of Adam Spreadbury-Maher, likes to drill down to the core of...

From a visual point of view, Gotterdammerung – the last segment of Wagner’s Ring, revived for the final time in Keith Warner’s staging –...

In the third part of Wagner’s Ring, which concentrates on the adventures of young Siegfried, there remain production elements that puzzle in the Royal...

One of the most popular of all operettas, The Merry Widow follows the attempts of Baron Zeta, the Pontevedrian ambassador in Paris, to secure...

From a feminist perspective, the character of Salome is seriously problematic. In Richard Strauss’s opera, based on Oscar Wilde’s play, she’s a two-dimensional figure,...

Stockhausen’s seven-opera cycle Licht aside, Wagner’s vast operatic tetralogy the Ring remains the most ambitious (and costly) project an opera house can undertake. Even...

Peter Brook’s pared-down’s 1981 version of Bizet’s Carmen, is heady stuff. But it can feel at times like eating too many sweeties: the irresistible...
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