OPERA


Reviews


La Traviata
By Editorial Staff
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
By Editorial Staff
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
Rusalka
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
The Tales of Hoffmann
If an opera contains elements of the macabre, there’s one director that all savvy opera bosses will want to engage to deliver the goods - namely the brilliantly subversive Richard Jones. IR
Le nozze di Figaro
The reputation of Le nozze di Figaro as ‘the perfect opera'  has always struck me as open to question. Musically it is a miracle, to be sure, but dramatically its slender plot ...
West End Girl
By Editorial Staff
Opera Up Close at the King's Head Theatre Librettists Kfir Yefet and Robert Chevara’s description of the opening scene, set in a café which is ‘essentially tacky, but trying to b
Dream Hunter
By Editorial Staff
Lontano at Wilton’s Music Hall My first visit to Wilton’s Music Hall was the opening night of Fiona Shaw’s solo performance of Wastelands. I remember well that it was freezing col