Katya Kabanova
It is ironic that such a concentrated score should also be one of Janacek's richest and most ravishing creations. But Katya Kabanova is an opera steeped in paradox, wrong-footing us throughout ...
Orpheus Down Under
By Editorial Staff
Unexpected Opera at the Playhouse, Norwich It’s a good idea, but it doesn’t quite come off. Orphée aux Enfers (Orpheus in the Underworld) is one of the most popular of Offe
Albert Herring
By Editorial Staff
Royal Academy Opera at the Sir Jack Lyons Theatre, London In this Royal Academy Opera production of Albert Herring, director John Copley and the cast paradoxically capture the overarching men
By Simon Thomas
Guildhall School of Music & Drama at the Silk Street Theatre, Barbican We don’t see enough of Massenet on the London stage. The Royal Opera has a new production of Manon coming up l
By Simon Thomas
There can be few people in London with even the mildest interest in opera who are unaware that Plácido Domingo has had to withdraw from the new production of Tamerlano, due to the need f
By Editorial Staff
A popular contemporary opera? An oxymoron, no? There are, of course, many music enthusiasts that would run a mile from Philip Glass in the cinema, or the concert hall, let alone in the opera house. ...
Angelika Kirchschlager
By Editorial Staff
Recital at Wigmore Hall Angelika Kirchschlager has long been a favourite at the Wigmore Hall and she returned this week as part of the Strauss Song Series which she headlines. She presented a mixed
The Gamblers
By Simon Thomas
London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall A couple of weeks ago I was bemoaning the fact that Prokofiev’s The Gambler was based on a novel by Dostoevsky rather than Gogol
The Elixir of Love
Light as cotton candy, sparkling as soda pop, frothy as vanilla malt, Donizetti's irresistible confection is on sale for a limited period in Jonathan Miller's tumbleweed diner, now open for ...
Die Fledermaus
By Editorial Staff
Opera della Luna at the Civic Theatre, Chelmsford Updating a classic Viennese operetta is not a simple task, particularly when the piece in question is Johann Strauss’ best-known and much-love