The Return of Ulysses Royal Opera
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The Return of Ulysses

This sublime opera was written by an aging Monteverdi for performance at the Venice Carnival in 1640. In this year, while the great mercantile republi...
Barber of Seville Oslo Opera House
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Barber of Seville

The Barber of Seville is a remarkable opera. Now more than 200 years old – it was premiered in 1816 - it is a comedy that still has the power to provo...
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Rusticana / Pagliacci

This revival of Michieletto’s splendid production of “Cav and Pag” provides a wonderful evening of ‘verismo’ opera. We get singing – and acting - of t...
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Eugene Onegin

The splendid OperaUpClose team has come up with another reworked version of an operatic classic - and it is a triumph.  The story of boredom, infatuat...
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Roller

This extraordinary and entertaining performance piece comes to the Pit under the banner of The Oxford Samuel Becket Theatre Trust Award. It is part dr...
The Dark Room Theatre503 (Katy Brittain and Annabel Smith) courtesy of Alex Brenner
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The Dark Room

This short play from the Australian writer Angela Betzien is well titled. The room we are taken to – in a cheap hotel in a rural backwater in Australi...
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Poison

This is a play about loss and grief. Although it is short, it packs a great deal of emotion into its 80 minutes and raises some troubling issues about...
Tosca King's Head photo credit Jacob Sacks-Jones
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Tosca

The second act of Tosca is almost always a harrowing experience. The sexual abuse of a distressed woman by a powerful man is deeply disturbing - in th...
ENO Aida 2017 c-Tristram Kenton
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Aida

Aida is grand opera in every way – big voices, huge choruses, and lots of extras. And this ENO production, directed by Phelim McDermott, certainly goe...