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Il barbiere di Siviglia (Royal Opera House)
By Katherine Cooper
Caurier & Leiser's primary-coloured staging of Rossini's The Barber of Sevllle returns to the Royal Opera's repertoire
Opera discounts: do they deliver?
When Anna Nicole opened, an audience of 16-25s paid next to nothing to get in. But will they be back?
Sir Mark Elder - knight on a mission
The conductor of Il barbiere di Siviglia for the Royal Opera waxes lyrical about his career, past and future
Opera Holland Park unveils its 2015 season
At last we know what will be playing in London's canopied opera house next summer. It's been worth the wait.
Xerxes (London Coliseum)
Nicholas Hytner's ageless production of Handel's delicious comic opera returns in a strongly-cast revival
Carmen (Mid Wales Opera on tour)
By Ron Simpson
Jonathan Miller's stripped-back staging is well sung but fails to catch fire
Otello (London Coliseum)
The Lion of Venice fails to roar as English National Opera's new season opens
Rigoletto (Royal Opera House)
David McVicar's dark production of Verdi's ever-popular opera returns in a strongly-cast revival that is not without problems
Stuart Skelton talks about Otello, Tristan and the one role he will never sing
The tenor opens English National Opera's new season with a new role in a much-anticipated new production