La Bohème 2017 © ROH Photo Katherine Ashmore
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La bohème

Covent Garden’s new production of La Bohème, replacing the much loved Copley version which has been re-appearing for forty years, is splendid but p...
WNO's the Merchant of Venice- photo credit Johan Persson
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The Merchant Of Venice

If I had to choose two words to describe this opera, they would be “unexpected”, and “powerful”. The libretto is faithful to Shakespeare’s o...
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Otello

Verdi was a great admirer of Shakespeare, and would significantly contribute to the canonization of the Elizabethan writer in nineteenth-century Italy...
3.0★ ★ ★

Turandot

Turandot was Puccini’s last opera – indeed, he died before it was finished and the version we now hear is the one completed by Franco Alfano. This...
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

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...
L’elisir D’amore © ROH Photo Bill Cooper
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L’Elisir D’Amore

L’elisir D’amore, with its highly effective musical contrasts, propelled Donizetti into further international recognition and stardom in 1832, con...
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Mayerling

Among Kenneth MacMillan’s many distinctive and famous ballets Mayerling continues to win the highest plaudits, and justly so. More than any of his o...
DON CARLOS (C) ROH. PHOTO BY CATHERINE ASHMORE
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Don Carlo

There are at least four versions of this late-Verdi opera in print, and any number of variations used in production. So it is important to state that ...
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 de...
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 Butter...