2.0★ ★

Queen of Carnage

Queen of Carnage is a performance piece inspired by Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. Some of the music is recognisably Purcell's but the inspiration seems to come as much from the Torture Garden as from the opera h...
Madama Butterfly ©ROH. PHOTO BILL COOPER
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Madama Butterfly

Madam Butterfly seems to be the opera that houses turn to as a cash cow when times are hard. It is an opera with a small cast - if you skimp on Butterfly’s relatives at the wedding – and, for scenery, a few...
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Eugene Onegin

For a school to take on a production of Eugene Onegin might seem over-ambitious madness – Whitgift School has done just that and made a storming success of it.  A cast including five professional singers and...
Cosi fan Tutte Bury Court Opera
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Cosi Fan Tutte

Bury Court Opera is a delight. An hour from London on the train from Waterloo, the two week festival takes place in an ancient tithe barn converted into an auditorium that is almost ideal for small scale operas...
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

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 now seems a very solid and conventional reading of the famous story...
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
3.0★ ★ ★

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
3.0★ ★ ★

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...