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Conductor Nicola Luisotti Talks About The Royal Opera's Aida
By Simon Thomas
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
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
“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
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
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
"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
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
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
Jessica Duchen Interviews Director John Copley
By Editorial Staff
Within minutes of meeting John Copley, I am begging him to write his memoirs, for his story is the story of opera in half the 20th century. Now 75, this super-bright, exceptionally musical and ...
Q&A with Tenor Piotr Beczala
By Simon Thomas
Polish tenor Piotr Beczala made his first appearance at Covent Garden in 2004, as the Italian Tenor in Der Rosenkavalier, a small role in which he made a huge impact. Since then, he’s ret