Opera Reviews

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Bluebeard’s Castle

Bartok's 1918 one-act “expressionist” opera Bluebeard's Castle is a work that is puzzling and compelling in equal measure. In this fine version – pres...
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The Magic Flute

This utterly absorbing retelling of The Magic Flute is a triumph for Opera Alegria – and for the Arcola Theatre's Grimeborn season. I must confess to ...
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Aida

Shirin Neshat directed Aida at Salzburg Festival five years ago and it was reviewed here. It was her first experience as a director and, apart from so...
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Carmen
Grimeborn Festival 2022

The Baseless Fabric company exists to bring theatre and opera to public spaces and to give new audiences the chance to experience performances that th...
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La Donna del Lago

Rossini wrote some 39 operas and is best remembered for his comedies, particularly The Barber of Seville, but his output was evenly balanced between c...
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Incoronazione di Poppea

Monteverdi was a venerable and celebrated church musician of 75 when he wrote Poppea. It was quite common for church composers to supplement their inc...
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Mansfield Park

As a lover of Jane Austen's novels, I have always felt that they do not offer the sort of dramatic set pieces that opera needs. So I have mixed feelin...