OPERA

Exactly why composer Andre Tchaikowsky – gay, Jewish and depressive – chose The Merchant of Venice, with its heavy-handed anti-Semitism, as the basis of...

Over the years Opera Holland Park has made a speciality of the operas of Puccini and his contemporaries – a group often referred to...

Opera Holland Park rarely brings a production back, but this show from 2009 proves well worth reviving. Janacek’s 1921 Katya Kabanova is an outstanding...

First seen in 2011, Mariame Clement’s production of Donizetti’s classic comedy about an elderly man who marries a young woman with disastrous consequences springs...

Poulenc’s one-woman opera La Voix Humaine opens with a woman, Elle, sitting alone, waiting for her lover to ring. She swings from anguish to...

The rarely performed Lucio Silla was the last of the three operas Mozart composed for Milan as a teenager – he was not quite...

It’s an unfortunate planning anomaly that two major festivals decided to stage Britten’s comedy Albert Herring this summer, with the Grange Festival’s production by...

Buxton opens its 2017 festival with Verdi’s first Shakespearean opera – a work he composed in 1847, early on in his career, and then...

Andrei Serban’s production of Puccini’s Chinese fable Turandot has been a staple of the Royal Opera repertoire since 1984 and continues to look good...

“This is the best of me”, wrote Elgar at the end of his manuscript, quoting John Ruskin. “This, if anything of mine, is worth...

Grange Park Opera is nothing if not adventurous. Just three weeks after it moves into a newly built theatre at a new venue, it...

Strauss and his librettist Hugo von Hoffmansthal struggled to agree on an approach to Ariadne auf Naxos and the conflict can be felt in...
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