Written on Skin Royal Opera House 2017
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Written on Skin

Written on Skin is George Benjamin’s second opera and, in this work, the full benefits of his partnership with writer Martin Crimp are revealed. The s...
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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 connection...
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The Nose

The Nose is Shostakovich’s first opera. It was written around 1926/7 during that all too brief period when avant-garde art flourished under the new Bo...
The Dresser at Duke of York’s
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The Dresser

The Dresser is a play about theatre and theatricality. It focuses on the relationships between the members of a touring repertory company bringing Sha...
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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 again t...
Cosi Fan Tutte ROH 2016
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Cosi Fan Tutte

Covent Garden’s new production of Cosi Fan Tutte is fizzing with fresh ideas. Young German director, Jan Philipp Glogier, paints Don Alfonso as a surr...
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Le Nozze di Figaro

Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro returns to the Sussex opera house in the production first put together by director Michael Grandage in 2012. It has lost n...
Shanghai Opera Company Thunderstorm at English National Ballet
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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 ...
Young Chekhov at the National Theatre
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Young Chekhov

At the Olivier Theatre on the South Bank it is now possible – if you have the stamina - to see, on one day, the first three plays written by the great...
Tristan and Isolde at Grange Park Opera
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Tristan and Isolde

Tristan and Isolde is an opera that stirs strong reactions among opera lovers. That Grange Park decided to mount it in what they describe as a “concer...