OPERA


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Clemency
By Editorial Staff
The gates of a great triptych stand open, but no painted icons lie within. Instead, each panel contains a fragment of a house: one shows part of a kitchen, the others a bare living room seen from two ...
The Damnation of Faust
By Editorial Staff
Any director courageous or foolish enough to stage Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust has to have a pretty strong idea of how to overcome the gaping dramatic holes in the work.  Too
Werther
By Editorial Staff
Following on from last year’s Manon, and prior to Cendrillon at the end of the current season, the Royal Opera’s flurry of Massenet works has his finest opera at its centr
The Coronation of Poppea
Pub opera is all the rage. Or so we’re told. OperUpClose’s version of Puccini’s La Bohème won this website’s award for Best Off-West End production, and although
Pelléas et Mélisande
By Editorial Staff
Theatre des Champs-Elysees at Barbican Hall Successful stage productions of Debussy’s opera are rare beasts, partly due to the elusive nature of Maeterlinck’s will-o’-the-wisp plot
Il Tabarro/Gianni Schicchi
By Editorial Staff
English Touring Opera at Snape Concert Hall (and touring) Drama masks, those potent faces of tragedy and comedy, are embodied by Puccini in the outer panels of his great operatic triptych. Midway
La Clemenza di Tito
By Editorial Staff
English Touring Opera at Snape Concert Hall (and touring) Not everybody seemed to have warmed up ahead of Act One, and there were some wobbly moments from key singers during the first hour of this
The Tsar's Bride
By Editorial Staff
There’s nothing wrong with the Royal Opera’s new production of The Tsar’s Bride, and quite a lot that's right, but there’s just not enough in the work itself to make i
OperaShots
By Editorial Staff
The Tell-Tale Heart (1 star) & A Doctor’s Tale (5 stars) A double-bill is supposed to double your pleasure, but it could equally double your disgust. In this mélange of modern
Fidelio
By Editorial Staff
Beethoven’s only opera is a totemic symbol of liberty. It stands resolutely against physical imprisonment, and barks loudly for political, intellectual and artistic freedom - even for those w