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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
The Turn of the Screw
By Editorial Staff
With so many productions of Benjamin Britten’s ghost opera around at the moment we need a new collective noun. A haunting of Screws, perhaps? This Arcola production (presented for just tw
The Emperor of Atlantis
Viktor Ullmann’s brief, 50-minute opera The Emperor of Atlantis holds a unique position in the operatic repertoire. Due to the fact he was Jewish, he was incarcerated at the Thereisenst
Cosi Fan Tutte
By Editorial Staff
First things first, Fraser Grant’s translation in this intimate production of Cosi is very witty. Set in contemporary times the use of internet dating and references to ‘Facebook Status