Les Pêcheurs de Perles
By Editorial Staff
Orchestra and Chorus of The Royal Opera at The Royal Opera House, Monday 4 October 2010. It is impossible to sit through this concert performance of Bizet’s opera without thinking of the Labo
Pleasure’s Progress
Having wowed audiences with his enchanting Faeries at the Linbury, for his new work Will Tuckett’s turned to an altogether darker source, namely Hogarth’s 18th century etchings of
Tristan und Isolde
By Editorial Staff
The Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall   One’s appreciation of Peter Sellar’s and Bill Viola’s presentation of Tristan und Isolde as an “ex
By Editorial Staff
When Thomas Hengelbrock, director and founder of the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble, rediscovered and conducted Niobe for the Schwetzingen Festival in 2008 the Royal Opera House took the unusua
The Makropulos Case
By Editorial Staff
When, as it should, English National Opera trumpets its brave portfolio of 20th-century operas, let it acknowledge how little of its success is down to fly-by-night dabblers, directors from other d
By Editorial Staff
"I believe in Science" screamed a placard in Trafalgar Square on English National Opera's opening night of the season.  The discarded slogan was a remnant of the protest to the papal visit earlie
Don Pasquale
By Editorial Staff
While the majority of the Royal Opera company are singing and playing their hearts out in Tokyo in grand Verdi, a skeleton crew remain on Bow Street , with two stalwart productions revived by their
Così fan tutte
By Editorial Staff
The programme for Jonathan Miller’s staging of Mozart’s third Da Ponte opera includes some neatly reasoned apologias for the tale’s dubious morals and its implication that a wo
HMS Pinafore
By Simon Thomas
With OperaUpClose’s La bohème enjoying a seemingly endless run of success in the West End, pub opera is all the rage.  Charles Court Opera, whose new production of HMS Pi
Francesca da Rimini
By Simon Thomas
Like Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, the tale of Francesca da Rimini can be traced back to Dante’s Inferno.  The illicit love that in 13th Century Italy condemned the unfortu