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Madam Butterfly

Welsh National Opera has revived their classic Joachim Herz production of Madam Butterfly, first seen in 1978. Although when it was first mounted, it was considered a ground-breaking version of the opera, it no...
Orphée aux Enfers Hackney Empire
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Orphée aux Enfers

If I could give this production six stars I would. It is an absolute joy. It is a bit ramshackle - the scenery probably cost 1% of the budget for the latest blockbuster co-production at Covent Garden. The singe...
Written on Skin Royal Opera House 2017
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Written on Skin

Written on Skin is George Benjamin’s second opera and, in this work, the full benefits of his partnership with writer Martin Crimp are revealed. The story is drawn from the troubadour tradition of medieval Fr...
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Lulu is a difficult opera to watch at any time – on the day of the US election result it seemed even harder on the emotions than usual. The connections with Weimar Germany, the contempt for women, and the cas...
3.0★ ★ ★

The Nose

The Nose is Shostakovich’s first opera. It was written around 1926/7 during that all too brief period when avant-garde art flourished under the new Bolshevik regime in Russia and it was first performed to a l...
The Dresser at Duke of York’s
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The Dresser

The Dresser is a play about theatre and theatricality. It focuses on the relationships between the members of a touring repertory company bringing Shakespeare to the masses during the Second World War. And - gi...
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Don Giovanni

I begin with a confession. As a Mozart enthusiast, I went to the ENO’s dress rehearsal of Don Giovanni …. and hated it! Two weeks later I went again to review it and it was superb. I will try to explain why...
Cosi Fan Tutte ROH 2016
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Cosi Fan Tutte

Covent Garden’s new production of Cosi Fan Tutte is fizzing with fresh ideas. Young German director, Jan Philipp Glogier, paints Don Alfonso as a surreal theatre director putting the four lovers into a series...
3.0★ ★ ★

Le Nozze di Figaro

Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro returns to the Sussex opera house in the production first put together by director Michael Grandage in 2012. It has lost none of its original charm in this 2016 version thanks to s...
Shanghai Opera Company Thunderstorm at English National Ballet
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The Shanghai Opera and Ballet Companies are at the Coliseum in London for a limited season. The opera that is part of this season is Thunderstorm, an impressive work by the composer Mo Fan. Based on a play by C...