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Nabucco
Let's be clear about this; we're only back for Plácido. Nothing has changed in Daniele Abbado's indifferently received staging of Verdi's Nabucco save the tenant of the title role, so for a ...
Sunken Garden
English National Gizmo is back. The prevailing Coliseum precept that new commissions must include cutting-edge technology has taken ENO on a Barbican Theatre awayday for what they term "a film ...
Parsifal
Bavarian State Opera, Munich "Erlösung dem Erlöser”, or “the redeemer, redeemed” are the final words of Wagner’s valedictory opera, or to lend it the composer̵
Simon Boccanegra
By Editorial Staff
In an approach to one of Verdi's greatest operas which relies almost entirely upon Verdi's music and concentrates on a clear statement of the libretto, James Conway delivers a major lesson to the ...
Written on Skin
At heart the new opera by George Benjamin to a text by Martin Crimp, directed by the playwright's regular collaborator Katie Mitchell, is a straightforward love triangle. The creative team's ...
Tosca
How do you like your Tosca? If it's the all-star showcase experience you're after look elsewhere, for no glass-shattering big beasts are gracing this latest incarnation of Jonathan ...
The Barber of Seville
By Editorial Staff
Jonathan Miller’s production of The Barber of Seville has reached the grand old age of 25.  While that should be a cause for celebration, this eleventh revival fails to catch fire
La Boheme
By Editorial Staff
When the curtain went up at the beginning of Act III – the scene with the snow – there were audible gasps from all over the auditorium. That says a lot for three things – the endur
Medea
By Editorial Staff
There are three strands to ENO’s new production of Charpentier’s Medea: firstly the perfectly-constructed Greek legend of sorcery and vengeance; then the traditions of 17th Centu
L'elisir d'amore
By Editorial Staff
In OperaUpClose’s production of L’elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love), the King’s Head Theatre welcomes us with an astro turf floor and stage walls covered in pink, orange an