OPERA

Under the leadership of Jeff Clarke, Opera della Luna devotes itself exclusively to comic opera and operetta. No company in the land can match...

China has its own ancient and distinctive musical-theatrical traditions, but Western opera has a history in Shanghai that itself goes back to the 19th...

In an age in which Britten’s take on Shakespeare can morph into a disquisition on paedophilia at directorial whim, Peter Hall’s celebrated production, first...

Tete a Tete, whose annual opera festival has until now hosted an open lab of experimentation in the form, has alarmingly scaled back its...

This year’s Edinburgh International Festival’s operatic programme begins with a staging borrowed from the Salzburg Whitsun event – a good way in which Edinburgh...

Opera Holland Park brings its outstanding 2016 season to a close with this fine production of Tchaikovsky’s creepy melodrama, The Queen of Spades, based...

Berlioz’s light comedy fillets Much Ado about Nothing, concentrating on the sparring between Stephanie d’Oustrac’s Beatrice and Paul Appleby’s Benedict – both roles immaculately...

Operetta is a truly difficult art to master. Not only do you need high quality voices able to sing technically demanding music, but you...

Oliver Platt’s staging of Rossini’s comedy based on the Cinderella story represents Opera Holland Park’s first ever co-production, with the Danish National Opera –...

Michael Grandage’s Le Nozze di Figaro – new in 2012 and now revived by Ian Rutherford – is unmistakably set in Seville, with its...

German director David Bosch’s new Royal Opera staging of Verdi’s dark revenge tragedy, Il Trovatore, overlays the original 15th-century Spanish civil-war setting with contemporary...

100 years ago, 57,000 British soldiers died on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, with more than one million losses on...
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