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Vice Versa

Vice Versa is a lot of fun, a romp of a production, and I can see, intellectually, how it is a considered pastiche of old Roman Comedy and why it is such a success. It is performed with enormous energy and by a...
Titus Andronicus Royal Shakespeare Society. Photo Helen Maybanks
5.0★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Titus Andronicus

The RSC has another solid success on its hands with this intelligent, energetic production of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus. For centuries this has been the play that everyone loves to hate. They claim it is...
LFO Magic Flute 2017 cr Matthew Williams-Ellis
5.0★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The Magic Flute

The new production of Mozart’s pantomime singspiel, The Magic Flute, at Longborough this year is simply one of the most delightful, most dramatically and musically arresting performances of this opera imagina...
Julius Caesar 2017 RSC Photo Helen Maybanks ©RSC
5.0★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Julius Caesar/Antony and Cleopatra

I saw the RSC productions of Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra back to back, matinee and evening, last week. I recommend the experience. Essentially, you are seeing the continuation of the same story in th...
3.0★ ★ ★

Fidelio

This production of Beethoven’s spiritual, hopeful opera Fidelio succeeds on its important musical levels. All the principal singers have fine voices and are well cast. Elizabeth Atherton’s Fidelio is convin...
LFO Tristan und Isolde 2017 cr Matthew Williams-Ellis
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Tristan und Isolde

This is quite simply one of the most engaging, stunningly apt and totally gripping productions of Tristan und Isolde, the work that Wagner called not an opera but an “action in three acts”. Often to the uni...
Salome production photos_ June 2017_2017_Photo by Isaac James _c_ RSC_220922
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Salome

There was much publicity before the opening of this play about the fact that in this production of Wilde’s erotic jewel of a play by director Owen Horsley the part of the titular heroine was to be played by a...

Fire, Fate and Kirstin Chávez

One of the most interesting productions of the Georges Bizet opera Carmen that I ever saw starred the mezzo-soprano Kirstin Chávez in the title role, a performance that Opera News in New York called “the Car...
Maki Sekiya
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Maki Sekiya Concert

The pianist Maki Sekiya gave a concert the other day in Oxford that has to be one of the most fascinating and memorable musical events I have attended in a great while. It confirmed my previous sense that she i...