Opera Reviews

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Der Rosenkavalier (The Rose-Bearer)

Otto Schenk’s production is by now a classic. Having premiered in 1972, it is one of the longest-running opera productions in the world. No wonder, th...
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Giulio Cesare

John Coke and his team at Bury Court have conjured up a minor miracle with a production of Giulio Cesare that does full justice to one of Handel’s fin...
The Marriage of Figaro ETO Photo Jane Hobson
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The Marriage of Figaro

The Beast from the East nearly ruined the first night of ETO’s new production of The Marriage of Figaro. There were a lot of empty seats at the Hackne...
Rossini's Semiramide. Photo Ken Howard_Met Opera
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Semiramide

Attending the premier of the revival of Giacomo Rossini’s Semiramide at the Metropolitan Opera the week after Black Panther opened and the ski jumping...
The Abduction from the Seraglio Canadian Opera Company Photo Mark Cooper
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Abduction from the Seraglio

The COCs new production of Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio attempts much, but delivers little. The production, at first glance, seems replete...
ENO Iolanthe 2018 - c-Clive-Barda
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Iolanthe

Forget Hamilton. There’s a new ‘hot ticket’ in town, and it is, of all things, Iolanthe at the ENO! Appearing as fresh, glittering, and risqué as a...
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La Forza del Destino

This Verdi blockbuster, chosen by Welsh National Opera as part of their ‘Rabble Rousers’ season, deals with the malevolent effect of fate on three peo...
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Idomeneo

What makes a story still so relevant even though it’s a part of ancient legends that have their origin over 3000 years ago? It’s the identification wi...
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Don Giovanni

This was an absolutely amazing, sophisticated, breathtaking opera production, definitely one of the best in recent memory at the Tel Aviv Opera House....