5.0★ ★ ★ ★ ★


Before I even get around to talking about this very intelligent and moving production of Handel’s masterful opera Rodelinda, I have to state the thi...
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

The Barber of Seville

Jonathan Miller’s production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville is a perfect example of a concept that weathers well and the ability to look at a ...
ENO Aida 2017 c-Tristram Kenton
3.0★ ★ ★


Aida is grand opera in every way – big voices, huge choruses, and lots of extras. And this ENO production, directed by Phelim McDermott, certainly g...
ENO Rigoletto. Photo Alastair Muir
4.0★ ★ ★ ★


The new production of “Rigoletto” at the ENO is the thirteenth revival of the legendary performance, first staged by Jonathan Miller way back in 1...
3.0★ ★ ★

The Pirates of Penzance

By common consent this work is the most perfectly finished of the Savoy Operas. It can simply be read as a rambunctious, witty, paradoxical comedy wit...
English National Ballet Giselle. Photo © Laurent Liotardo
4.0★ ★ ★ ★


There was so much anticipation in the lead up to English National Ballet’s reimagined Giselle, choreographed by Akram Khan in November last year, on...
4.0★ ★ ★ ★


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 connecti...
ENO Pearl Fishers
3.0★ ★ ★

The Pearl Fishers

The Pearl Fishers is one of the early works of the French composer Georges Bizet. He was in his mid-twenties at the time of the composition, trying to...
5.0★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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 aga...
ENO Tosca 2016
4.0★ ★ ★ ★


Yet another production of Tosca – what could be new to add relish to the reviewer’s jaded palate? In fact a great deal, even though this productio...