The Leader of Oxford Lieder

The Oxford Lieder Festival has been going from strength to strength and is now celebrating its 15th anniversary. The founder and artistic director, Sholto Kynoch, spoke with Mel Cooper about what is fast becomi...
LFO Orfeo ed Euridice 2017 cr Matthew Williams-Ellis
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Orfeo ed Euridice

The season at Longborough, as always, ended with a production devoted to young, up-and-coming performers both on stage and in the orchestra pit, an initiative to give a springboard to their careers. The choice ...
5.0★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Venus and Adonis

I think it should be reported that the RSC has revived Gregory Doran and Steve Tiplady’s conceptually brilliant rendering for the stage of Shakespeare’s cheeky, challenging poem Venus and Adonis for too few...
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

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★ ★ ★


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
5.0★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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★ ★ ★ ★


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...