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Tosca

Grange Park Opera has moved to Horsley in Surrey. A new opera house is being built in the grounds of West Horsley Place and, though the building is unfinished, the company is mounting its first season. One of t...
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Mitridate, Re di Ponto

Mitridate is an opera seria written by Mozart when he was a 14 year old, learning his trade and flexing his creative muscles. So you might be forgiven for thinking that it is a musical curiosity, a museum piece...
L’Incoronazione di Poppea Colston Hall Bristol
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L’Incoronazione di Poppea

As part of the celebration of the birth of Monteverdi 450 years ago, Sir John Eliot Gardiner has developed concert productions of the three great Monteverdi operas and, working with a group of wonderful singers...
EXTERMINATING ANGEL PRODUCTION IMAGE (C) ROH. PHOTO BY CLIVE BARDA
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Exterminating Angel

Thomas Ades is the real thing, a British composer writing big works for the operatic stage. In The Exterminating Angel, his third opera, the way he deploys the wonderful cast of singers and the superb Covent Ga...
Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, MONTEVERDI_COLSTON_HALL_12-4-2017_007 Chris Cooper of ShotAway.
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Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria

Monteverdi’s music is enjoying a year of celebration - he was born 450 years ago. As part of the celebration, Sir John Eliot Gardiner has developed concert productions of the three great Monteverdi operas and...
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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
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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...
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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...
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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 now seems a very solid and conventional reading of the famous story...