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The Minotaur
By Editorial Staff
From the ponderous solemnity of the opening you get the impression Birtwistle had decided that The Minotaur would be his ‘mature masterpiece.’ Unlikely to write an opera about a
La bohème
On opening night this, the 26th revival of John Copley's venerable production of Puccini's immortal tearjerker, tugged at the heart for the wrong reasons. It's Mimì who's supposed to be the ...
The Flying Dutchman
By Editorial Staff
Der fliegende Holländer has been subject to some pretty ropey stagings in London in recent years and it took a concert performance by Zurich Opera to breathe a fresh wind into the salty
Robert le diable
By Editorial Staff
The big story on the London opera scene this week has been the late departure of the lead soprano from the Royal Opera’s new Robert le diable, when it should have been the revival of M
The Mikado
There can’t have been anyone in the audience for the umpteenth revival of Jonathan Miller’s staging of The Mikado on Saturday night who expected the curtain to rise on an idyllic
War Requiem
By Editorial Staff
Bach Choir/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Royal Festival Hall ”The scribes on all the people shove and bawl allegiance to the state, But they who love the greater love lay down their life
Carmen
By Editorial Staff
Calixto Bieito has form; he’s long been seen as opera’s bad boy, with a string of excesses behind him.  ENO’s last production of Carmen, by the film director Sally Pott
La bohème
By Editorial Staff
OperaUpClose's La bohème started life above a grimy pub in Kilburn three years ago and has now clocked up 300 performances, a landmark to add to its Whatsonstage and Olivier Awards.&nb
L'elisir d'amore
There was only one question on everyone's lips: would Roberto Alagna, one-time operatic pin-up now pushing fifty, still have the chops to pass muster as the young, gullible, lovelorn hero of ...
The Pilgrim's Progress
By Editorial Staff
Following a superlative Death in Venice at Aldeburgh in 2007 (later seen at Bregenz and soon to be revived by Opera North), Yoshi Oida’s London opera debut is long overdue.  Unfort