Written on Skin
At heart the new opera by George Benjamin to a text by Martin Crimp, directed by the playwright's regular collaborator Katie Mitchell, is a straightforward love triangle. The creative team's ...
How do you like your Tosca? If it's the all-star showcase experience you're after look elsewhere, for no glass-shattering big beasts are gracing this latest incarnation of Jonathan ...
The Barber of Seville
By Editorial Staff
Jonathan Miller’s production of The Barber of Seville has reached the grand old age of 25.  While that should be a cause for celebration, this eleventh revival fails to catch fire
La Boheme
By Editorial Staff
When the curtain went up at the beginning of Act III – the scene with the snow – there were audible gasps from all over the auditorium. That says a lot for three things – the endur
By Editorial Staff
There are three strands to ENO’s new production of Charpentier’s Medea: firstly the perfectly-constructed Greek legend of sorcery and vengeance; then the traditions of 17th Centu
L'elisir d'amore
By Editorial Staff
In OperaUpClose’s production of L’elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love), the King’s Head Theatre welcomes us with an astro turf floor and stage walls covered in pink, orange an
Eugene Onegin
The sense of excitement that permeated the bars and foyers of The Royal Opera House before the curtain rose on the first night of last Monday’s new staging of Eugene Onegin was palpable
La traviata
To be properly controversial a production needs to divide opinion down the middle, which is what English National Opera's new staging of La traviata will achieve if my opening-night ...
The Looking Screen
By Simon Thomas
Hall Two, Kings Place, King's Cross While established composers like Harrison Birtwistle continue to delve into antiquity for inspiration, new opera seems largely to ignore the effects the intern
The Minotaur
By Editorial Staff
From the ponderous solemnity of the opening you get the impression Birtwistle had decided that The Minotaur would be his ‘mature masterpiece.’ Unlikely to write an opera about a