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Siegfried
By Editorial Staff
Longborough Festival Opera, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire The casting of the central role in Siegfried, a headache for any opera company these days, is a considerable challenge for a sma
The Turn of the Screw
By Editorial Staff
Edward Dick’s production of The Turn of the Screw for OperaUpClose is everything that small-scale opera should be: a tightly-controlled and brilliantly thought-through concept that all
Veneziana
By Editorial Staff
Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance An ill-judged, fart-fixated staging of scenes from Il signor Bruschino nearly scuppered this otherwise outstanding Jette Parker Young Artists su
Eugene Onegin
By Editorial Staff
Blackheath Community Opera at Blackheath Halls With community opera hitting the headlines recently for all the wrong reasons, it’s great to report that Blackheath Halls’ sixth annual
Cendrillon
By Editorial Staff
Midsummer may not seem the most obvious season for an outing to Cinderella but the Royal Opera has chosen Massenet’s version of the tale, here receiving its first ever performances in
La rondine
By Editorial Staff
Puccini’s ‘other’ Paris opera gets a rare outing in the bucolic surroundings of London’s Holland Park.  Like the contemporaneous Gianni Schicchi it has become fa
Madama Butterfly
By Editorial Staff
Although only eight years’ old, Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser’s traditional staging of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly was returning to The Royal Opera for the fourth time. The director-...
Two Boys
By Editorial Staff
English National Opera’s marketing machine has gone into overdrive for the world premiere of Nico Muhly and Craig Lucas’s opera Two Boys and taken every opportunity to exploit new
La Verita in Cimento
By Editorial Staff
Garsington Opera David Freeman’s production is the British premiere of Vivaldi’s 1720 work. Although Gay’s Beggar’s Opera was written in 1728 as an antidote to the Ita
Peter Grimes
In the intervening years since Willy Decker’s staging of Peter Grimes was first seen at Covent Garden, Londoners have been privileged to witness two outstanding stagings of this seminal w