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...
3.0★ ★ ★

Echoes of Eternity

Tragic love stories are a well trodden path in dance, they are adored by audiences for their abilities to make unbearable sadness somehow beautiful an...
Shanghai Opera Company Thunderstorm at English National Ballet
4.0★ ★ ★ ★


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 ...
Australian Ballet’s Swan Lake at the London Coliseum
3.0★ ★ ★

Swan Lake

Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake first premiered in London back in 2005, now this production that is much loved back home in Australia returns, alongside A...