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Since its first showing in 2007, Annabel Arden’s staging of Donizetti’s heart-warming romcom L’Elisir d’Amore (The Love Potion) has become a welcome fixture in...

Anthony Besch's production of Tosca, set in Rome in 1943 on the eve of Mussolini's defeat, does not appear to have aged since its...

Rigoletto belatedly enters the Glyndebourne repertory via Christiane Lutz’s staging, a radical rewrite of Verdi’s revenge tragedy based on a play by Victor Hugo. If...

Before she helmed the global hit Mamma Mia!, Phyllida Lloyd began her career as an opera director with Opera North in 1991. Now, her...

This new collaborative work from Katie Mitchell is hard to define. The title, 'Magic Land' in English, comes from the text of one of...

You sometimes hear people describe Don Pasquale as a ‘cruel’ comedy – though they’re often a bit vague as to what they mean. Pin...

Janacek was approaching 70 when he composed The Cunning Little Vixen, yet the opera brims with youthful vigour, optimism and music-dramatic innovation. Inspired by...

Stanislaw Moniuszko (1819-72) is one of those composers much admired inside his homeland – in this case, Poland – where he is regarded as...

Welsh National Opera first unveiled James Macdonald’s Rigoletto in 2002. At the time, set in a Kennedy-era White House, its portrayal of the president...

Although playwright Georg Kaiser was Kurt Weill’s collaborator for The Silver Lake, James Conway’s production for English Touring Opera still feels thoroughly Brechtian. The piece...

English Touring Opera’s autumn tour celebrates the German form of Singspiel – opera with spoken dialogue – with works by Mozart and Kurt Weill. First...

The second instalment of English National Opera’s Orpheus season is an operetta, and one of the most famous of all: Offenbach’s Orpheus in the...
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