Opera Blogs

Live cinema relays - opera's friend or foe?
By Simon Thomas · 9 Jun 2014 · London

The fast-growing trend of bringing opera to your local multiplex can only be a good thing. Can't it?

Michael Coveney: Women fight back in opera and Shakespeare while Timothy Spall triumphs at Cannes

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa has become the latest high-profile figure to air their views on the opera critics' comments about Tara Erraught's performance in Der Rosenkavalier at Glyndebourne

Size isn't everything: opera critics under attack from singers
By Mark Valencia · 20 May 2014 · London

Several newspaper critics felt it necessary to comment on the physical attributes of a singer at this year's Glyndebourne Festival. They may wish they hadn't.

Michael Coveney: Old Russia in Prince Igor, new England in David Hare
By Michael Coveney · 3 Apr 2014 · London

The Coliseum's visiting Russian production evokes some eerie memories for our chief critic

Michael Coveney: The passing of Kate O'Mara, comedy in Naples and opera in Casablanca
By Michael Coveney · 31 Mar 2014 · London, Off-West End

Remembering stage and screen actress Kate O'Mara, who died yesterday

Michael Coveney: A half-full Monty and whispers of Inner Voices from Naples

The closure of several West End shows at once has prompted some to question the impact of critics

Michael Coveney: Musical metaphors as Rigoletto reigns and Snoo stirs

Stephen Ward shutters as the ENO reinvigorates Rigoletto

Michael Coveney: Is Peter Grimes at the ENO better than Charlie or The Book of Mormon?
By Michael Coveney · 30 Jan 2014 · London, West End

Michael Coveney discusses the blurred lines between musical theatre and opera, and the ENO's current production of Peter Grimes

Michael Coveney: Producers and Twelve Angry Men with three hungry women
By Michael Coveney · 12 Nov 2013 · London, West End

Our chief critic's attempt to spend a few days away from the theatre doesn't go entirely to plan