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Ottone in Villa
By Editorial Staff · 25 May 2010
Il Giardino Armonico at Barbican Hall Although better known today for his concertos, in his own lifetime Antonio Vivaldi was just as famous for his operas of which he claimed to have written ninet
Guillaume Tell
By Editorial Staff · 25 May 2010
Chelsea Opera Group at the Queen Elizabeth Hall With the thermometer at 30º, the Pimm’s bar in overdrive and children cooling off splashily in the fountain outside, the prospect of entering a stif
Tosca
By Editorial Staff · 20 May 2010
In recent months, English National Opera has experimented with novel production concepts, film directors, theatre directors, video projections and, memorably, a giant naked woman with singer-...
La Fille du régiment
By Mark Valencia · 18 May 2010
Minor bel canto it may be, but in Laurent Pelly's 2007 production, the first at Covent Garden in four decades, La Fille du régiment is a major operatic hit. A combination of star quality, ...
La traviata
By Mark Valencia · 12 May 2010
Since its unveiling some 16 years ago, Richard Eyre's staging of La traviata has been not just the jewel but the Koh-i-noor in the Royal Opera's crown. It's easy to see why: Bob Crowley's ...
A Midsummer Night's Dream
By Anne Morley-Priestman · 10 May 2010
English Touring Opera at Snape Maltings Concert Hall “If we shadows …” queries Puck towards the end of both play and opera. Shadows do in fact flicker all around us as far as this
Juan Diego Flórez
By Editorial Staff · 9 May 2010
Juan Diego Flórez in recital at Barbican Hall After several disappointing high profile recitals recently it was a unalloyed pleasure to sit back and enjoy an artist who is completely comforta
Il Giasone
By Simon Thomas · 7 May 2010
The Royal Academy of Music at the Sir Jack Lyons Theatre Anyone familiar with Euripides’ great tragedy would be hard put to recognise the story of Jason and Medea in Cavalli’s 1649 Il
Rolando Villazon Sings Handel
By Editorial Staff · 5 May 2010
Rolando Villazon and The Gabrieli Players at the Royal Festival Hall I suppose I should have known. Within two chords the continuo player’s music stand had collapsed with a loud thud. As with
I Went To The House But Did Not Enter
By Simon Thomas · 29 Apr 2010
Anyone interested in contemporary opera or music theatre is spoilt for choice in London at the moment. ENO’s Elegy for Young Lovers and the Royal Opera’s Powder Her Face both