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The Marriage of Figaro
By Editorial Staff
It’s often vaunted as Mozart’s most revolutionary opera, making bold swipes at the dastardliness of the class structure in 18th century Europe, but these days The Marriage of Figaro
La Traviata
By Editorial Staff
The failure of the opening night of La Traviata at La Fenice in 1853 prompted Verdi to write to a friend saying "La Traviata last night a failure. My fault or the singers'? Time will t
The Passenger
By Editorial Staff
It’s a brave composer that chooses to set his first opera in a Nazi concentration camp. Apart from the difficulty of delivering dramatic impetus while ensuring taste and sensitivity, such a ve
Street Scene
By Editorial Staff
Please note: This review was written for Whatsonstage.com/OperaIn its continuing 40th anniversary celebrations, the Young Vic follows its revival of The Beauty Queen of Leenane with the retur
St Matthew Passion
By Editorial Staff
‘We recognised that there was no way in which the St Matthew Passion could be treated as an opera.’ Thus Jonathan Miller writes in the programme to his staging of Bach’s ma
Faust
By Editorial Staff
There’s a turn-up for the necromantic books during this revival of David McVicar’s 2004 Faust: we learn that René Pape, the virile and charismatic German bass, looks great
The Elixir of Love
By Editorial Staff
Something remarkable has happened to Jonathan Miller’s dustbowl Donizetti. Last year’s flaccidly conducted, variably sung first outing at English National Opera has given way to a sparkl
Il trittico
By Editorial Staff
The first two parts of Puccini’s Il trittico have finally caught up with the four year old Gianni Schicchi, getting the Royal Opera’s new season off to a cracking start.&n
Don Giovanni
Don Giovanni is a notoriously difficult opera to stage, and out of the dozen or so stagings I’ve seen only one has come close to getting to the heart of this deeply disturbing work, nam
The Turn of the Screw
Glyndebourne Festival Opera This exemplary performance of Britten’s disturbing chamber opera The Turn of the Screw left me feeling shell-shocked and disturbed, and after several recent