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Paul Bunyan (British Youth Opera)
By Simon Thomas · 10 Sep 2013 · London
It may have languished in the bottom drawer for decades after its 1941 premiere, but Britten's "Paul Bunyan" sure is a crowd-pleaser, making its neglect in a year of ubiquitous ...
Billy Budd (BBC Proms)
By Simon Thomas · 29 Aug 2013 · London
If proof were needed that Benjamin Britten is among the greatest of opera composers, stagings of his works in recent years have delivered some of the most memorable nights of music ...
Parsifal (BBC Proms)
By Keith McDonnell · 27 Aug 2013 · London
The Proms' mammoth celebration of Wagner's bicentenary concluded with a performance of his final opera, Parsifal, on Sunday night. Alas, it was not the fitting climax it should have ...
Pelléas et Mélisande (Grimeborn at the Arcola)
By Mark Valencia · 22 Aug 2013 · London
The idea of staging Debussy's elusive masterpiece in downtown Dalston is pretty wild – almost as eccentric as mounting Wagner's Ring cycle in a converted Gloucestershire barn. But that ...
The Midsummer Marriage (BBC Proms)
By Keith McDonnell · 19 Aug 2013 · London
The musical world is celebrating the ‘big three' this year – Wagner, Verdi and Britten, and although none of Verdi's full-length operas have been given at this year's Proms, seven of ...
Billy Budd (Glyndebourne)
By Keith McDonnell · 12 Aug 2013 · Brighton, Eastbourne
Brindley Sheridan (Claggart) and Jacques Imbrailo (Billy Budd)© Richard Hubert Smith Rarely can Britten's sea-faring tale of innocence destroyed have received such a pole-axing ...
Cosi Fan Tutte (Grimeborn at the Arcola)
By WhatsOnStage Reviewer · 9 Aug 2013 · London
Opera24 have dealt with the potential awkwardness of Cosi Fan Tutte – about the supposedly universal unfaithfulness of women – by adapting and modernising it to the present day. ...
Tannhäuser (BBC Proms)
By Simon Thomas · 5 Aug 2013 · London
After last week's storming Barenboim Ring, it was something of a shock to be cast back to Wagner's early days with Tannhäuser, although Donald Runnicles' often refined ...
Götterdämmerung (BBC Proms)
By Keith McDonnell · 31 Jul 2013 · London
Valhalla went up in flames, the river Rhine burst its banks, the Ring was returned to the Rhinemaidens and world order was restored. Although the final instalment of the Berlin Ring was semi-...
I gioielli della Madonna (Opera Holland Park)
By WhatsOnStage Reviewer · 30 Jul 2013 · London
A Neapolitan street scene. It's hot (for once British weather aids Opera Holland Park). Small factions mingle in front of Jamie Vartan's graphitised concrete modern setting. A squabble erupts ...