BBC Proms

Opera review of the year

Our opera editor takes a personal look back at the UK scene in 2014

Saint Matthew Passion (Royal Albert Hall)

Iconoclastic director Peter Sellars brings his 2010 staging of Bach's sacred oratorio to the BBC Proms

Elektra (Royal Albert Hall)

Supreme Straussians Christine Goerke and Semyon Bychkov bring the composer's fieriest opera to the BBC Proms

Salome (Royal Albert Hall)

Nina Stemme gives a career-defining performance at the BBC Proms as Strauss's wayward Princess

Michael Coveney: Power play at the Proms, festival fever in Edinburgh and Enniskillen, disaster in Eastbourne

Looking at the BBC Proms, and further afield to the various festivals on offer in August

Der Rosenkavalier (Royal Albert Hall)

Glyndebourne's five-star triumph is repeated at the BBC Proms

Louise Dearman and Alexandra Silber star in Kiss Me Kate prom

The BBC prom, which is conducted by John Wilson, also stars Tony Yazbeck and Ben Davis

Opera at the BBC Proms 2014

We'll have fewer operas at the Proms this year, but those there are promise to be especially memorable

Winners of 2014 WhatsOnStage Opera Poll announced
By Editorial Staff

All is revealed! Discover the winners of our third end-of-year Opera Poll

Billy Budd (BBC Proms)
If proof were needed that Benjamin Britten is among the greatest of opera composers, stagings of his works in recent years have delivered some of the most memorable nights of music ...