Opera Reviews

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The Seraglio

Mozart was a businessman who was always on the lookout for ways to make money and get his music to a wider audience. This singspiel, written in 1782 f...
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Agrippina

Of all the German composers in the 18th Century, Music by Handel epitomises the most European-ness; written in just 21 days, Agrippina was his first m...
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The Elixir of Love

The Welsh are coming! After a Don Pasquale set in Cardiff around a kebab van, we now have an Elisir set in a café in Barry - admittedly it is run by I...
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Madama Butterfly

The current production of Madama Butterfly at the Opera de Paris is the latest revival of the work created by Robert Wilson in 1993. The story is noto...
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Don Giovanni

Don Juan is a well-known legend whose legacy has remained owing predominantly to all its many variations and adaptations. This Spanish tale has been t...
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Werther

Can you imagine your novel being universally admired throughout Europe and wherever Western Culture prevailed as the most popular of the time? Well, e...
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Rigoletto

I must confess, that one of the main reasons I so wanted to see this production of Rigoletto at the Teatro alla Scala was to hear and see the legendar...
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I Capuleti e i Montecchi

Bellini’s operas marks the transition from eighteenth century Opera Seria to the bel canto operas of the early nineteenth century. Though he died youn...
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Tristan und Isolde
Bayreuth 2019

Arguably, one of the greatest works ever written to pure erotic love echoing the legendary days of King Arthur, Tristan und Isolde is an emotional wor...