Opera Reviews

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The Makropulos Affair

The brand new production by the Welsh National Opera of Janáček penultimate opera, The Makropulos Affair, is, quite simply, a brilliant, flawless pres...
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La Bohème

The WNO is touring a La Bohème that gets most things about the opera right. The production by Annabel Arden revived by Caroline Chaney is tradition...
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Alcina

On the face of it, Handel operas should not work. Bafflingly complicated plots and a long series of ‘Da Capo’ arias where the opening section repeats ...
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The Rape of Lucretia

This version of The Rape of Lucretia, co-produced by The Royal Opera and Britten Pears Arts provides a compelling evening at the Linbury Theatre. The ...
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Les Contes d’Hoffmann

Jacques Offenbach's beloved opera, inspired by the works of E. T. A. Hoffmann, is a challenging piece of theatre to produce. Telling three different s...
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The Cunning Little Vixen

This extraordinary opera by Janacek remains an enigma to me. Its bizarre mix of two stories – one about a sad group of humans, the other about a rioto...
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La Bohéme

Paris. An attic with no heating on Christmas eve, with four artists- Rodolfo, a poet, Marcello, a painter, Schaunard, a musician and Colline, a philos...
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Cherry Town Moscow

WNO Youth Opera has been tasked with bringing this strange operetta by Shostakovich to life. First performed in 1959 near the end of a career that had...
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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...