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Britten Specialist Conducts Garsington Dream
By Mark Valencia · 18 May 2010
The name of Steuart Bedford is synonymous with the music of his mentor, Benjamin Britten. Not only did the London-born conductor steer the ailing composer's last works through their early ...
Q&A with Dmitri Hvorostovsky
By Simon Thomas · 16 May 2010
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is one of the world’s most glamorous opera stars. With his distinctive silver hair, vocal beauty and thrilling stage presence, he tends to dominate the stage whenever he appe
Conductor Nicola Luisotti Talks About The Royal Opera's Aida
By Simon Thomas · 19 Apr 2010
Italian conductor Nicola Luisotti returns to Covent Garden this month to conduct the new production of Aida, directed by David McVicar. Earlier appearances in the house have included Turando
Python Gilliam Turns Talents to Opera
By Simon Thomas · 18 Apr 2010
In a strong new season, with excellent casting, English National Opera’s biggest story for 2010/11 is ex-Python and Hollywood maverick Terry Gilliam slated to direct The Damnation of Faust
David Alden on Opera and Theatre
By Simon Thomas · 12 Mar 2010
“I’ve been part of the revolution that has taken place over the last 30 years.” David Alden is not being immodest in acknowledging he was in the right place at the right time to have
Director Graham Vick Discusses Handel at the Royal Opera
By Editorial Staff · 3 Mar 2010
The upcoming production of Tamerlano at Covent Garden is exciting for a number of reasons. For a start it’s the first time that Royal Opera have presented Handel’s 1724 masterpiece,
Tenor Alan Oke Talks About Being Gandhi
By Simon Thomas · 25 Feb 2010
When English National Opera’s production of Philip Glass’ Satyagraha returns to the Coliseum this week, tenor Alan Oke will reprise his tremendously affecting performance as the sai
The Royal Opera's Antonio Pappano Talks to WOS
By Editorial Staff · 19 Feb 2010
"It's funny to be told it's terrific but we don't like the piece!" The Royal Opera's music director Antonio Pappano is amused at the press reaction to The Gambler, written in 1917 but only now ...
Q & A with Baritone Andrew Shore
By Simon Thomas · 3 Feb 2010
British baritone Andrew Shore is renowned throughout the world as a great acting singer, with a wide repertoire which encompasses Alberich, King Priam and Wozzeck at one end of the scale and ...
Toby Spence on Stravinsky and Jacques Brel
By Simon Thomas · 5 Jan 2010
Some 18 months ago, when Robert Lepage’s production of The Rake’s Progress was new to Covent Garden, tenor Toby Spence was down the road at the Coliseum starring as the hapless hero