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Il Trovatore

In 1851 Verdi wrote to his librettist Cammarano “the more unusual and bizarre the better”  urging him to complete the libretto for Il Trovatore. The storyline is unusual, to say the least, yet challeng...
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Tannhäuser

Tim Albery’s 2010 production of Richard Wagner’s Tannhäusser, in the 1875 Vienna version, returns to the Royal Opera House for its first revival. The opera evolves around the fierce struggle between sensu...
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Lucia di Lammermoor

Passionate love, sex, murder and suicide are unleashed on stage in Katie Mitchell’s production of Gaetano Donizetti’s 1835 three acts tragic opera Lucia di Lammermoor.  Salvadore Cammerano’s libretto ...
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

How The Other Half Loves

Alan Ayckbourn was a thirty-year-old with a, shall we say, unromantic view of marriage when he wrote this exquisitely funny comedy in 1969. The humour is unsentimental, biting, frequently bitter. And in this ex...
3.0★ ★ ★

The Importance of Being Earnest

Gerald Barry’s opera based on Oscar Wilde’s masterpiece ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ uses the skeleton of the play beefed-up with wild, bizarre yet brilliant composition of sounds and actions. Judg...
3.0★ ★ ★

NotMoses

Gary Sinyor’s first play ‘NotMoses’ draws its narrative arc from the Old Testament books of Genesis and Exodus. It comprises a sequence of scenes, which start with the original patriarch, Abraham, and con...
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Boris Godunov

An interesting, yet traditional, reading of Mussorgsky’s masterpiece is presented at the Royal Opera House in the original (1869) seven-scene version, which plays 130 minutes without interval and without the...
3.0★ ★ ★

The End of Longing

At the end of the press night performance of The End of Longing, a large part of the audience gave the four actors a standing ovation. You could attribute the response to the presence on stage of Matthew Perry,...