Opera Reviews

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Alcina
אלצ’ינה

Alcina, written in 1735, is one of George Frideric Handel's more popular operas – he composed 42 of them. Inspired by Ludovico Ariosto's Orlando furio...
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Lohengrin

‘Lohengrin’ was Wagner’s first clear masterpiece, but it is all the same an uneasy work, embodying both the culmination of one tradition of operatic w...
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Don Giovanni

This Welsh National Opera production of Don Giovanni has many merits - a fine orchestra, a bold design, some wonderful singing.  It offers a convincin...
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Peter Grimes

Since its first performance in 1945, ‘Peter Grimes’ has never left the repertory and its status as a masterpiece of twentieth-century opera has never ...
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The Barber of Seville

Michael Shell’s production of The Barber of Seville contains more farces than usual, perhaps an attempt of the Atlanta Opera to introduce some light i...
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Pagliacci

Before it all started, the big screen in front of the stage turned blue and yellow. With it a message appeared: "The opera embraces the people of Ukra...
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The Cunning Little Vixen

Since its first performance, in 1924, Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen has enjoyed the kind of philosophical tug-of-war usually reserved for a muc...
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Les Indes Galantes

Marcio da Silva's groundbreaking company Ensemble Orquesta (EO) is fast developing an enviable reputation for bringing rare baroque treasures to the o...
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Manon

Manon is Jules Massenet’s most popular opera, and along with Carmen and Faust, stands as one of French opera’s iconic centrepieces, with the theme of ...
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Yevgeni Onegin

Yevgeni Onegin is a truly great opera, titled after a male character that inflicts tragedy. Whereas most heroes fall desperately in love at first sig...