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OPERA

With only a month to go before 2019, the centenary of the 1918 Armistice is marked in operatic form with this widely travelled production...

Almost 10 years and four revivals after its inception, Jonathan Miller’s light-touch take on the Puccini classic is still doing good business. It’s no surprise:...

American composer Jake Heggie is best known for his opera Dead Man Walking. His predilection for turning to popular sources continues with It’s A...

In recent decades there’s been a revival of interest in Charles Stanford – a leading light of the English musical Renaissance who taught many...

The life of Harriet Tubman, African American freedom fighter and former slave, is a gift for an opera composer. Born on a plantation in Maryland,...

Famously encored in its entirety by the Emperor of Austria, Domenico Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto dates from 1792 – the year of Rossini’s birth...

In 1962 the new Coventry Cathedral was consecrated, just yards away from the ruins of its medieval predecessor, which was destroyed in a bombing...

First seen in 1991, Elijah Moshinsky’s production of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra has helped cement a once neglected masterpiece in the Royal Opera’s repertoire, even...

There are many layers of wit and sophistication to Ravel’s 1911 first opera, L'heure Espagnole. Short but brilliantly inventive, on the one hand it’s...

With Wagner’s Ring among its past projects, Fulham Opera now turns to Don Carlo, maybe Verdi’s grandest – and greatest – opera. The company’s enterprising...

Ethel Smyth (1858-1944) deserves to be remembered for many things – in a year marking 100 years of (partial) women’s suffrage, as a suffragette...

The misogyny in Verdi's Rigoletto is given an added edge in Matthew Richardson's timely revival of his 2011 production for Scottish Opera. Mannequins, not dancers,...
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