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Semele
By Editorial Staff · 18 Nov 2009
It is easy to see why Handel’s Semele was such a flop when it premiered in 1744. When audiences were expecting another Samson or Saul, a steamy tale of sex, seduction, betra
Duke Bluebeard's Castle/The Rite of Spring
By Editorial Staff · 8 Nov 2009
What's lurking behind the seven locked doors of Duke Bluebeard's castle? Most productions treat the opera as a symbol-laden psychodrama. So they don't show us, leaving the terrifying power of Bart&oac
Renee Fleming In Concert
By Editorial Staff · 4 Nov 2009
The RPO at the Royal Festival Hall Considering that this evening was billed as a Renee Fleming concert it was a case of far too little Fleming and far too much “Romeo and Juliet”. For som
Artaxerxes
By Simon Thomas · 31 Oct 2009
The Royal Opera’s new production of Artaxerxes by the composer of “Rule Britannia”, produced in the Linbury Studio, is a delight. Long-forgotten works can often turn out to be
The Marriage of Figaro
By Editorial Staff · 28 Oct 2009
Martin Lloyd-Evans’ staging of The Marriage of Figaro in Amanda Holden’s racy translation for Mid-Wales Opera is a clever affair. There’s no chorus; we have the traditional doubling
Porgy & Bess
By Mark Valencia · 27 Oct 2009
Semi-staged shouldn't necessarily mean semi-skimmed, as the Philharmonia demonstrated earlier this month with Wozzeck, but unfortunately this acclaimed Cape Town Opera production of Porgy and ...
Ariodante
By Mark Valencia · 25 Oct 2009
Reviewed at the Britten Theatre, London This thoughtful, economical production affords a rare opportunity to witness one of Handel's richest operas live on stage. If most of us know Ariodante ...
Alcina
By Editorial Staff · 24 Oct 2009
Reviewed at the Britten Theatre, London This revival of James Conway’s production of Alcina was part of ETO’s laudably ambitious Handelfest which has played the Britten Theatre be
The Turn of the Screw
By Editorial Staff · 24 Oct 2009
Reviewed at the Britten Studio, Snape For English National Opera's production click here The length of the silence before applause broke out which greeted the end of both acts of Britten’s 1
The Turn of the Screw
By Editorial Staff · 23 Oct 2009
In what turned out to be a very special performance, Sir Charles Mackerras returned to English National Opera to conduct the first revival of David McVicar’s production of Britten’s Henry