A Soldier and a Maker
Guildhall School of Music and Drama at The Pit, BarbicanNeither straight play nor musical recital, an event as idiosyncratic as this dramatised biography of Ivor Gurney (1890-1937) could ...
Jakob Lenz
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Wolfgang Rihm’s one-act opera Jakob Lenz depicts scenes from the tormented life of an 18th Century poet and is based on a historical novella by Georg Büchner, thus sharing a l
In his introductory programme note to this latest revival, Covent Garden's new director of opera, Kasper Holten, writes of Verdi's Rigoletto that to understand it fully "…you need ...
Miss Fortune
Oh. My. Stars. Let me start by saying that I have fond memories of attending a performance of Judith Weir’s opera, The Vanishing Bridegroom at The Royal Opera House back in 1990 (I thin
La Traviata
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The Merry Opera Company Moving a classic out of its historic setting is always a gamble. West Side Story and Jonathan Miller’s Rigoletto are two of the most successful approache
The Barber of Seville
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English Touring Opera at the Hackney Empire It’s always a treat to visit English Touring Opera to check on developments since their last outing, and this production of The Barber of Seville...
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Guildhall School of Music and DramaThe current crop of Guildhall singers are a well-drilled outfit and a credit to their great school. The students are not to blame for the disappointment of
One hundred and eleven years after its premiere, Dvoøák’s most durable opera, Rusalka, has finally made it to the stage of The Royal Opera House. Fortunately it was worth
The Death of Klinghoffer
Unlike a number of dud English National Opera productions for which ‘controversial' was a hopeful euphemism for ‘dreadful', The Death of Klinghoffer can carry the ‘c' word with ...
Don Giovanni
Given that Francesca Zambello’s staging of Don Giovanni was a visual mess and dramatically inert when first unveiled in 2003, any revival director has their work cut out trying to make