OPERA

Sasha Regan’s all-male Gilbert & Sullivan productions are becoming a theatrical institution in their own right. For their success they depend on solid vocal...

Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto was the runaway hit of 1792 following its first performance before Emperor Leopold II, who insisted upon an encore immediately...

1870s Vienna was a city of contradictions: intoxicated yet bewildered by rapid financial enrichment, then outright destabilised by the ensuing 1873 stock market crash....

The world premiere of a new opera featuring a Welsh-language libretto is a singular event, notwithstanding Wales’ reputation as the ‘land of song’. For...

After a brief tour, Ravi Shankar’s final piece of East-West crossover, billed tendentiously as his only opera, opens the UK’s largest festival of South...

Glyndebourne’s website points to the "visual beauty' and "opulent" production of Verdi’s tragic profile of the consumptive courtesan Violetta and her selfless love for...

Back in the 1960s, Glyndebourne launched the revival of the 17th-century Venetian Francesco Cavalli, with stagings of his then obscure L’Ormindo and La Calisto,...

Scottish Opera’s La Boheme uses a contemporary twist to provide emotional resonance. Wandering through a crowded Parisian flea market, Hye-Youn Lee's Mimi persuades a stall...

Partly owing to late cast changes this third revival of Nicholas Hytner’s production of Don Carlo, first seen in 2008, is dominated by its...

Premiered at the Salzburg Festival in July 2016, Thomas Ades’ third opera is based on the 1962 surrealist film by Spanish director Luis Bunuel. It...

The 8th Door, Matthew Lenton and Lliam Paterson's new companion piece to Bartok's Bluebeard’s Castle, is powerful, intense and moving. A woman (Gresa Pallaska) and...

The current revival of Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s long-running traditional production of Madama Butterfly fields two geishas and two exponents of Lieutenant Pinkerton. The...
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