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John Gay’s 1728 opera was so popular in its time because it erased all the class associations of snobbish Italian opera. Gay kept the...

The summer festival at Bregenz keeps the small Austrian city on Lake Constance full and occupied for a month of activity. Chief among this...

It’s no wonder that Greek, Mark-Anthony Turnage’s first opera, made the 28-year-old composer’s name in 1988. Turnage’s brilliant, percussive score took an already-outrageous retelling...

The one thing you can be sure of with a Tete a Tete triple bill is unpredictability. And yet on this occasion the high...

The directions Laurent Pelly takes familiar works in, and the designs he gives them, are always pretty revelatory. That’s true of his Barber of...

It is 60 years since Vanessa’s successful premiere at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in New York, but this is the first professional staging of...

The Tete a Tete Opera Festival, running until August 18, thrives on the new and the experimental, so the 80-minute monodrama Mary’s Hand in...

Back in 1909, Lionel Monckton and Howard Talbot’s ‘fantastical musical play’ The Arcadians was an enormous hit, running for 809 performances – the third-longest...

Celebrating the centenary of votes for women, Spectra Ensemble puts on a rare performance of Ethel Smyth’s jokey opera from 1914, The Boatswain’s Mate,...

Bill Bankes-Jones' Pagliacci transports Leoncavallo's rural Italian tragedy to a tent in Paisley. A performing troupe arrive to stage a commedia dell’arte show during...

For its second summer offering Dorset Opera returns to the tried and tested with Puccini’s classic – a work that never palls no matter...

Given Jules Massenet’s unassailable position in the pantheon of 19th-century French opera composers, it seems inexplicable that such a major work as his four-act...
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