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Stravinsky’s neoclassical extravaganza, The Rake’s Progress, plays on the tension between artificiality and sincerity. This elegant and lively inaugural production by OperaGlass Works, a...

The opera buffa Cosi Fan Tutte contains some of Mozart's most glorious arias and orchestrations, but Da Ponte’s libretto, whose title translates as “all women...

The Royal Opera’s new production of Rossini’s melodramma tragico Semiramide – its first full staging at the venue since 1887 – was struck by...

Back in June 2011 English National Opera staged the world premiere of Nico Muhly’s first opera, Two Boys – a co-production with the Metropolitan...

Glyndebourne has more experience in staging new youth operas than any other UK company. The work of composer Lewis Murphy and librettist Laura Attridge,...

The course of love never does run smooth and neither does the course of most fairytales. Random cruelty and stunning setbacks abound until the...

Ahead of Barrie Kosky’s new production of Carmen, due at Covent Garden in February, the Royal Opera House’s Jette Parker young artists programme is...

It should be no surprise that Thomas Ades, arch modern-day composer of parody and social satire, has expressed deep admiration for the music of...

Peter Maxwell Davies’ violent, unsettling tale of three lighthouse keepers who disappear in mysterious circumstances is especially intense in the modestly-proportioned Hackney Showroom. Trapped...

Katie Mitchell's production of Lucia di Lammermoor for the Royal Opera drew howls of protest at its premiere in 2016 for its bold feminist...

Directors of Mozart’s Don Giovanni are often seduced into seeking out a plausible explanation for the title character’s unrepentant womanising. For the all-female creative team...

Seventh-century Lombardy, the setting of Handel’s Rodelinda, may feel remote even by opera seria standards, but in Richard Jones’ 2014 English National Opera staging,...
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