Opera Reviews

Tristan und Isolde Act 2 (LSO/Harding)
By WhatsOnStage Reviewer · 29 Nov 2013 · London
I'm always in two minds regarding performances of bleeding chunks or even isolated acts of Wagner masterpieces. It's hard to envisage a magical night of love when seated in the sterile ...
Satyagraha (ENO)
By WhatsOnStage Reviewer · 22 Nov 2013 · London
Philip Glass' late 70s' opera Satyagraha is set in South Africa where a young Mahatma Gandhi first started to explore the idea of using peaceful protest as a political tool for change....
The Magic Flute (ENO)
By Mark Valencia · 8 Nov 2013 · West End

At the London Coliseum Simon McBurney gives Mozart's fantasy opera the Complicite treatment and gets away with it – just

L'Enfant prodigue/Francesca di Foix (GSMD)
By Simon Thomas · 5 Nov 2013 · London
Double bills of short operas provide great opportunities for students to show what they can do, without the burden of having to carry a whole evening before they're ready, and Guildhall's ...
La Damnation de Faust (LSO/Gergiev)
By Mark Valencia · 4 Nov 2013 · London
This week, unlike last, there were no onstage protests as Russian maestro Valery Gergiev resumed his Berlioz cycle. It was a pity in a way, because the Putin-supporting conductor's reading of ...
Wozzeck (Royal Opera)
By Mark Valencia · 1 Nov 2013 · London
Last night I watched a man die, slowly and horribly. I shan't tell you how it happened because if you have time you really ought to go and see for yourself when the same man dies in the same ...
Festival of Britten (Opera North)
By Mark Valencia · 30 Oct 2013 · Leeds
The centenary of the UK's most successful opera composer has been celebrated far and wide in 2013, but in terms of quantity alone the palm goes to Opera North. The Leeds-based company followed ...
Greek (Music Theatre Wales at ROH Linbury)
By Simon Thomas · 22 Oct 2013 · London
When Mark-Anthony Turnage wrote Anna Nicole, produced by the Royal Opera in 2011, he went in a completely new direction both for himself and the opera house. Before that, he'd created ...
The Rape of Lucretia (Glyndebourne Tour)
By Mark Valencia · 20 Oct 2013 · Glyndebourne, Lewes, East Sussex
Benjamin Britten's second opera (or third if we include the operetta-like Paul Bunyan) has come home to Glyndebourne. In 1946 the composer's response to the stress and hullabaloo ...
Death in Venice (Opera North)
By WhatsOnStage Reviewer · 19 Oct 2013 · Leeds
Coincidentally the only two comments I overheard in the interval were the same word: "interesting". Not one that I would disagree with. Though the second half is more involving, Opera North's ...