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Idomeneo

English Touring Opera is an indispensable part of the opera scene in the UK. Both their touring schedule – more than 20 locations between now and June...
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The Turn of the Screw

Bury Court Opera has surpassed its own high standards with this superb version of Britten’s The Turn of the Screw. In a perceptive programme note dire...
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A Lesson from Aloes

Athol Fugard is a playwright of world status and he has written almost 40 plays now. This work dates from 1978 but it is set in Port Elizabeth in 1963...
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The Merry Widow

The Merry Widow is a charming bit of Viennese nonsense with some good tunes and a bit of a Beatrice and Benedict plot. ENO has tried very hard – maybe...
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Cosi fan Tutte

Covent Garden’s revival of Jan Philipp Gloger’s production of Cosi Fan Tutte makes a welcome return to Covent Garden. Cosi has always been regarded as...
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Aurora

The admirable Bury Court Opera has brought us another specially commissioned work by promising young composer Noah Mosley. It’s a bizarre tale of lost...
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Un Ballo in Maschera

Giuseppe Verdi often fell foul of the censors, and he was well aware that an opera about the assassination of a popular Swedish monarch was pretty lik...
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The Magic Flute

How can you not love an opera that begins with the hero running on stage pursued by a giant lobster, screaming for help, and fainting? This charming r...
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Anthropocene

Scottish Opera makes a very welcome visit to London, bringing their newly commissioned opera by composer Stuart MacRae and librettist Louise Welsh. It...
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Katya Kabanova

This austere opera by Janacek never offers an easy evening in the opera house. Richard Jones' new production for the Royal Opera certainly does justic...