Opera Reviews

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The Bear

Opera Holland Park has not gone into its winter hibernation by any means. They are currently streaming a production of William Walton’s little-known a...
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The Marriage of Figaro

Mozart's masterpiece, the Marriage of Figaro, is a work of such musical beauty and comic invention that it can always be counted on to charm an audien...
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The Magic Flute
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Mozart's "The Magic Flute" offers its own challenges. Along with some of the most beautiful music ever composed, there are also quite a few spoken dia...
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Roberto Devereux

With ‘Six’ and ‘The Mirror and the Light’ running in the West End it is clear that our appetite the Tudors continues unabated; but this is an obsessio...
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Madam Butterfly

Madam Butterfly is one of the most performed operas today and yet one of the most difficult to stage in a way that feels right to modern audiences. It...
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La Traviata

In this stupendous revival of Richard Eyre's 1994 production of La Traviata at the Royal Opera House, the 27 years old set design by Bob Crowley, stil...
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Satyagraha

Philip Glass’s music can be a marvellous tonic. English National Opera 2007 production of Philip Glass’s Satyagraha was first staged at the London ...
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A Splinter of Ice

It is 1987 and the Soviet Union is not long for this world. Neither – it turns out – were Graham Greene and Kim Philby, the latter dying a year later ...
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Jenůfa

Jenůfa (1904) is Janáček’s first mature opera, but still underperformed in comparison with the five masterpieces that follow it. Though there are stil...
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Piazzolla Project

This year’s Grimeborn festival came to an end on Sunday with an uplifting survey of the career and work of Astor Piazzolla from the new four-person co...