OPERA


Reviews


The Fairy Queen
By Editorial Staff
'O Showes! Showes! Mighty Showes! The Eloquence of Masques! What need of prose Or Verse, or Sense...' Ben Jonson's ironic lines sum up this gloriously absurd yet moving production of Purcell's 's
Il viaggio a Reims
By Editorial Staff
A group of international travellers are unable to get to a special occasion due to transport problems beyond anyone’s control.  Not a portent of things to come over the next few weeks, s
Pelléas et Mélisande
By Editorial Staff
BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall When I interviewed him a few years ago, John Eliot Gardiner told me that he sees the future of opera as “beyond the proscenium arch,” with concert perfo
Otello
After David McVicar’s bitterly disappointing staging of Les Troyens, and a season that’s hardly been one of the most memorable for star quality, The Royal Opera’s revival of
Yevgeny Onegin
If Tchaikovsky had not been so smitten with the character of Tatyana, the dramatic arc of (let's stick to the usual moniker) Eugene Onegin might have been clearer. As the title ...
Dr Dee
By Editorial Staff
Confession: I’d rather go to a Gorillaz gig than sit through the Ring Cycle. Opera is an art form that continues to baffle this music lover, despite ardent efforts to address this handi
Zanetto/Gianni Schicchi
The wily old fraud has prospered of late, with Richard Jones's colourful staging as part of the Royal Opera's Il trittico currently being televised on BBC4 and with Liam Steel's ...
Billy Budd
David Alden’s new staging of Billy Budd for ENO is the company’s third. Tim Albery directed an evocative yet daring production in the early 90s, whilst Neil Armfield re-staged his
La Cenerentola
By Editorial Staff
As a regular operagoer, you’re often asked to recommend the ideal work for the first-timer.  A few operas always come to mind, for their brevity, tunefulness and relatively understandable
Alice Coote at the Wigmore Hall
The English Concert with Harry Bicket and Alice Coote at The Wigmore Hall. Two years ago The English Concert, under Harry Bicket alongside soprano Rosemary Joshua and mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly,