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Simon Thomas: ENO's new season most exciting for years
If English National Opera is experiencing financial difficulties at the moment, nobody's told the management.  At the launch of the 2013/14 season, the top team – Edward Gardner, John Berry ...
Wagner cornerstone of BBC Proms 2013
Following a superb line-up of operas at last year's BBC Proms, this season promises to be equally strong, especially if you're a Wagner fan.  The programme, which has just been announced, ...
Podcast: Behind the scenes with ENO's La Traviata
By Editorial Staff
Peter Konwitschny's highly filmic new staging of Verdi's La Traviata is now an opera in four "pictures": no interval, no grandstanding finales - not even Violetta's showstopping "Sempre libera" - but ...
Puppetry in Opera
By Editorial Staff
On Friday 8 November The Barbican hosted Puppetry in Opera, the first of two days organised by the Puppet Centre to explore the ways in which puppetry has been used in the past and visions fo
The Francis Bacon Opera
By Editorial Staff
Composer/director Stephen Crowe is taking his seventh chamber opera to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year to run the gauntlet of road-weary reviewers and faintly jaded audiences. The opera is a
Claire Rutter's Leap of Faith
By Editorial Staff
Picture, if you will, Christmas at the Rutter-Gadd household. Engineering-graduate turned award-winning baritone, Stephen Gadd is slaving over a hot stove, dousing the spuds in a lava of goose fat to ...
British baritone Roderick Williams talks about his debut as Pollux.
By Editorial Staff
It's 1977, the year punk broke into the mainstream and Maria Callas died of a heart attack in her home in Paris, and Roderick Williams is taking the stage in North London for perhaps the first time.
ENO's Figaro, Iain Paterson, discusses Wagner and Fiona Shaw.
Scottish bass-baritone Iain Paterson is currently in demand at some of the most prestigious opera houses throughout the world and recently made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Gunther in Wagner̵
Soprano Giselle Allen discusses her role in The Passenger
Irish soprano Giselle Allen has been captivating UK audiences with her searing portrayals of some of the operatic canon’s most complex roles. Rusalka, Ellen Orford, Jenufa, and Tosca have all
Ben Johnson on singing bel canto
Young British tenor Ben Johnson’s star is most certainly in the ascendency. Not only did he win the Kathleen Ferrier Award in 2008, but became a BBC Young Artist last year and had critics reac