WNO's the Merchant of Venice- photo credit Johan Persson
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The Merchant Of Venice

If I had to choose two words to describe this opera, they would be “unexpected”, and “powerful”. The libretto is faithful to Shakespeare’s original, whose dark narrative more than sustains the interes...
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Madame Butterfly

Northern Ballet’s tour is a double billing of technical brilliance and dramatic tragedy The evening starts with Perpetuum Mobile, which is essentially a set of (rather difficult) exercises to the accompani...
La Traviata
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La Traviata

This is a minimalist staging of La Traviata which, on the whole, works rather well. There are a few idiosyncrasies to detract from the overall effect, but the last act is so well scored that one is still left f...
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La Boheme

This was simply an outstanding production, which makes reviewing it terribly hard. One can either attempt to nit-pick (which seems mean) or rather tiresomely explain why everything was “amazing” (which seem...
The Pearl Fishers
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

The Pearl Fishers

A stunningly beautiful production Based on recent history, the Coliseum has clearly decided that investing in elaborate sets is a good thing. The fact that this Pearl Fishers is a co-production with the N...
La Fanciulla del West
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La Fanciulla del West

Wonderful music makes for a wonderful evening! Opera Holland Park is London’s country opera house - a charming pastoral setting without the need to negotiate the M40 at rush hour. As with most “country h...
Powder Her Face
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Powder Her Face

Undoing, in one form or another, is something this lady excelled at throughout her life. Premiered in 1995, Powder Her Face is the story of Margaret, Duchess of Argyll, a socialite who epitomises the insouci...
Le Docteur Miracle
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Le Docteur Miracle

You can make an omelette without breaking eggs First a disclaimer – This is not “opera” as many would conceive; this is really a pantomime performed by talented young artists to high-class music. The s...
Rigoletto
3.0★ ★ ★

Rigoletto

Fabulous music let down by inanely abstract staging. If you go to this production prepared to shut your eyes and revel in the music, you will not be disappointed. The Coliseum has worked hard to develop what...
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Sleeping Beauty

Balletically immaculate The Birmingham Royal Ballet’s production of Tchaikovsky’s most grandiose ballet does not disappoint. A young princess succumbs to an evil fairy’s curse and falls asleep for 100 ...