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OPERA

It is only in the past 60 years or so – since La Scala’s 1957 production featuring Maria Callas in the title-role – that...

Barrie Kosky’s Carmen, returning to the Royal Opera House for the third time, rebels against the opera’s traditional 19th century Spanish visuals. This is...

Immediately the ENO and Regent’s Park co-production of Humperdinck’s fairytale opera closes, Grange Park opens its own version. There are a number of differences. ENO’s...

When Handel wanted to produce his oratorio Esther in London in 1732, the Bishop of London responded with a ban on staged performances of...

Richard Jones’ production of Musorgsky’s psychologically probing study of the individual at the centre of a troubled epoch in Russian history plays the original...

In Operaland, Hansel and Gretel is not just for Christmas – hence this midsummer co-production by English National Opera at Regent’s Park, where the...

Garsington’s third new production for 2019 brings the UK stage premiere of an opera first performed in Paris in 1872, but only very rarely...

Thus far, the 2019 country-house season has been partially stymied by the weather, which remains doggedly uncongenial for pastoral picnics or parkland outings; yet...

Grange Park Opera’s Theatre in the Woods continues to evolve, now boasting a contiguous colonnade as well as separate ‘lavatorium rotundum’ that has been...

Political drama or romantic tragedy? Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera has elements of both with its plot about the assassination of the 18th-century Swedish...

In his first operatic venture, Christopher Luscombe delivers a sharply observed, precision-engineered production. Set in 2019, it even features a walk-on by a certain...

It’s refreshing to encounter a Marriage of Figaro set in period and – even more precisely – in Seville. Designer Tim Reed creates elegant interiors,...
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