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La forza del destino
By Editorial Staff
If the message of Verdi’s La forza del destino is that one’s fate cannot be escaped, the lesson from Opera Holland Park’s first ever production of the opera, directed by Marti
Die Walküre
By Simon Thomas
Three years ago Longborough Festival Opera launched its ambitious Ring cycle with Das Rheingold and it’s taken until now to add the next instalment.  If they’re to achie
Fantastic Mr Fox
By Editorial Staff
It is not unusual to come across ‘site specific’ or ‘promenade’ performances in either the worlds of theatre or opera today. There does, however, still seem something novel abo
Die Meistersinger/Simon Boccanegra (BBC Proms)
By Simon Thomas
BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall Five years ago Placido Domingo made his belated Proms debut, appearing alongside Bryn Terfel in a concert version of the Royal Opera’s Die Walkure.&n
The Elixir of Love
By Simon Thomas
Blackheath Community Opera at Blackheath Halls Following Gluck’s Orpheus last Summer, Blackheath Halls took on the perils of bel canto this year, with a production of Donizetti&
The Duchess of Malfi
By Editorial Staff
Starkest East London: Punchdrunk and ENO slug it out inside a drab modern building. The promenade kings in a site-specific collision with grand opera. This is high-risk drama: could be great art or ...
La traviata
By Simon Thomas
A week ago the presence of a superstar singer ensured that the Royal Opera’s Simon Boccanegra was a far from routine revival.  Now, Angela Gheorghiu does the same for La traviata
Semele
The entire cast of Semele, in the current Théâtre des Champs-Élysées production, popped over to London for an awayday. It's a pity they couldn't find room in their hand luggage for David ...
Salome
By Editorial Staff
The Royal Opera House website warns sternly of 'scenes of nudity and violence'. But they're not where you'd expect. Zipped into a succession of chaste white bridal gowns by her lascivious stepfather ...
Fidelio
No beating about the bush: Florestan's prison is Guantanamo Bay and Don Pizarro is a corrupt U.S. general. Flawed though it is in places, Opera Holland Park's riveting Fidelio, a revival of ...