OPERA

Ellen Kent has been touring opera throughout the UK and Ireland for 25 years, and shows no sign of diminished passion for bringing the...

A new company debuts with not one opera but three. Snow is a composite work, with one librettist telling three stories all related to...

The last of three works making up Opera North’s fairytale season, Cinderella – or La Cenerentola, given that the company perform Rossini’s sentimental comedy...

The Swiss composer Frank Martin did not intend his secular oratorio based on the Tristan and Iseult myth – written in 1938-41 – to...

With its golden-domed, Iznik-tiled Arab Hall, the sumptuous orientalism of Leighton House – former home of the Victorian painter Frederic Leighton – is the...

When an opera is scaled down from a huge cast on a grand stage to a tiny cast in an intimate theatre space above...

Nearly 40 years after it was premiered at Welsh National Opera, Joachim Herz’s venerable 1978 production of Madam Butterfly still packs a hefty anti-imperialist...

Unless they happen to get stung by one, most people give little thought to bees. Composer, performer and bee-keeper Heloise Tunstall-Behrens, however, is fascinated...

When this English National Opera production premiered in 2015, critical opinions were far from unanimous, with the Evening Standard's Barry Millington, for instance, declaring,...

The Royal Opera celebrates the 25th anniversary of Angela Gheorghiu’s international debut at the house in 1992 with a revival of Adriana Lecouvreur, Cilea’s...

When in 2014 ENO brought in Christopher Alden’s single-set Rigoletto, it was assumed that Jonathan Miller’s vintage Mafiosi production had had its day. Yet here...

Opera North’s fairytale season continues with the most popular of all operatic examples, Hansel and Gretel. Edward Dick’s production sets the action of the...
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