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 original, w...
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Madame Butterfly

Northern Ballet’s tour is a double billing of technical brilliance and dramatic tragedy The evening starts with Perpetuum Mobile, which is essentia...
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La Traviata

This is a minimalist staging of La Traviata which, on the whole, works rather well. There are a few idiosyncrasies to detract from the overall effect,...
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La Boheme

This was simply an outstanding production, which makes reviewing it terribly hard. One can either attempt to nit-pick (which seems mean) or rather tir...
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The Pearl Fishers

A stunningly beautiful production Based on recent history, the Coliseum has clearly decided that investing in elaborate sets is a good thing. The f...
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La Fanciulla del West

Wonderful music makes for a wonderful evening! Opera Holland Park is London’s country opera house - a charming pastoral setting without the need to...
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Powder Her Face

Undoing, in one form or another, is something this lady excelled at throughout her life. Premiered in 1995, Powder Her Face is the story of Margare...
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Le Docteur Miracle

You can make an omelette without breaking eggs First a disclaimer – This is not “opera” as many would conceive; this is really a pantomime performe...
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Rigoletto

Fabulous music let down by inanely abstract staging. If you go to this production prepared to shut your eyes and revel in the music, you will not b...
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Sleeping Beauty

Balletically immaculate The Birmingham Royal Ballet’s production of Tchaikovsky’s most grandiose ballet does not disappoint. A young princess succu...