Opera Reviews

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La Bohème

This well-known and long-standing opera has truly stood the test time; even though this is the fourth revival of Miller’s adaptation, La Bohème still ...
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Carmen

Barrie Kosky’s adaptation of Carmen is a bit hit-and-miss. There is plenty to enjoy, but aesthetically it is a crazy concoction that often distracts f...
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Simon Boccanegra

Genoa, 14th century is a backdrop to a political, social and personal drama cradled in the agonies of love, machinations, feuds and eventual reconcili...
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Tosca

Puccini’s Tosca is based on Sardou’s play, which observes Aristotle’s unity of time as its action unfolds over eighteen hours on 17-18 June 1800. The ...
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La Cenerentola

Welsh National Opera has taken two of their productions to the Hippodrome in Bristol, a brave venture given the limitations of the venue, the most ser...
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Rigoletto

The controversial Victor Hugo's play, Le roi s'amuse, offered Verdi the opportunity to break with the Italian operatic tradition of closed forms (reci...
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Porgy and Bess

This stunning production of Porgy and Bess, is the outstanding efforts of an ensemble of 40 singers, in a unique three way co-production between ENO, ...
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Eugene Onegin

It’s difficult to point out what it was, exactly, about this afternoon’s performance of Onegin that didn’t quite take flight. The minimalist productio...
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Otello

A new production of Verdi's Otello, directed by Giancarlo del Monaco, opens the new season at the National Opera House in Bucharest. The setting is mi...
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Eugene Onegin

It’s difficult to point out what it was, exactly, about this afternoon’s performance of Onegin that didn’t quite take flight. The minimalist productio...