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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,
Salome
David McVicar’s Pasolini-inspired staging of Strauss’ lurid one-acter, Salome, is back at The Royal Opera after a two-year absence, and it makes for a curiously uneven night’
Caligula
If opera deals with humanity at its extremes – love, hate, revenge, death – then the life of Little Boots (to translate the sobriquet by which the Roman Emperor Gaius is universally ...
Falstaff
Falstaff is in a way a summation of everything that Verdi had been striving for during his long and illustrious career as Italy’s leading 19th century composer. It is a masterpiece, not only d
Madam Butterfly
The late Anthony Minghella’s award-winning staging of Madam Butterfly returns to the Coliseum with the two main principals from the original run seven years ago reprising their roles
La Boheme
The main excitement surrounding The Royal Opera’s 25th revival of John Copley’s 1974 staging was to be have been the appearance of leading German soprano Anja Harteros in the role of Mim
Einstein on the Beach
By Editorial Staff
There’s an air of electricity and anticipation in the foyer of the Barbican theatre. Expensive hair and fur coats mingle with edgy hipsters and intellectual corduroy. This is a big night: Robe