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Ten years before she was finally appointed the first ever woman poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy turned myth and history on their heads in...

Staged on Tanya McCallin's lavish funereal set, David McVicar's production of La Traviata, revived by Marie Lambert, gets straight to the tragedy of the courtesan Violetta. Given that...

The Wexford Festival made no secret of the fact that owing to the severe effects of hurricane Ophelia, the company lost the dress rehearsal...

Norwegian director Stefan Herheim’s international career took off in 2009 with an acclaimed Parsifal at Bayreuth, which employed Wagner’s opera as a way of...

Opera North’s Little Greats season is unusual in that one can pick and choose from different pairings of six short operas in the festival,...

Engelbert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel is full of catchy ditties and an easy-to-follow plot. It’s already one of the most accessible operas there is,...

It’s a shame, given that Rossini’s comedy The Barber of Seville delivers in primary colours, that Annabel Arden’s production doesn’t match the work’s immediacy. New...

English Touring Opera has never been shy of repertoire challenges. In this autumn’s jaunt around a total of 21 venues, it presents major works...

Notes from the House of the Dead, Dostoyevsky’s semi-autobiographical account of life in a Siberian prison camp, might seem the starkest of choices for...

Forced to dispense with unaffordable innovation, English National Opera repeats another of its classic Jonathan Miller productions, last seen only two years ago. The...

It is English Touring Opera's experienced general director, James Conway, who devised and stages this version of Handel's opera seria, split over two evenings...

English Touring Opera’s autumn tour launches with what is effectively half an opera: artistic director James Conway, wishing to play the entirety of Handel’s...
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