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OPERA

Lars von Trier’s 1996 film Breaking the Waves remains a controversial work. The narrative, and in particular its treatment of the central female character,...

Opera in the City Festival opens its third season with what must be a UK premiere, and a great rarity anywhere: a performance of...

Rossini's music for Le Comte Ory is often exquisite, but the humour is robust. The womanising Count Ory devises ways of seducing the beautiful...

By Barrie Kosky’s standards, his take on Tchaikovsky’s downbeat classic is a restrained affair. It premiered in 2016 at the Komische Oper Berlin, where...

An opera about a singing contest would seem an obvious candidate for a modern-era production and that’s exactly what Fulham Opera has chosen to...

It’s been almost three decades since The Jerry Springer Show first graced – or rather, disgraced – our TV screens and 16 years since...

Hippolyte et Aricie, a take on the Phaedra story first seen in 1733, is a landmark opera by a supreme French composer, yet opportunities...

In purely musical terms, the most striking component of this trilogy of contemporary works is the finale: Bel canto by Cassandra Miller. A tribute...

We no longer view the events of the First Crusade (1095-99) in the way Handel and his audiences did. Set during that appalling conflict,...

Die Fledermaus was 19th-century 'Waltz King' Johann Strauss’ biggest hit operetta, its longevity ensured by bubbliness and an abundance of hummable tunes. But some...

The Opéra de Baugé, an enterprising British-run summer festival in the Loire, this year offers Die Zauberflöte, Il Trovatore, and a rarity, Schubert’s Alfonso...

Wagner’s panoramic tale of struggles between gods and monsters is usually played out on a wide stage with a massive orchestra and huge operatic...
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