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Tosca

Puccini’s masterpiece Tosca was first performed in Rome in 1900. It is a tale of sedition, torture, rape, and betrayal and it is easy to understand wh...
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Carmen

If you have any preconceptions of Carmen or, in fact, the entire discipline of opera you shall find them completely misplaced in relation to Kosky’s a...
SATYAGRAHA **** English National Opera-c-Donald-Cooper
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Satyagraha

This is the third revival of a landmark 2007 production, the first in the UK of this popular opera. It forms the centrepiece of Glass’ Portraits trilo...
Canadian Opera Company’s production of Rigoletto, 2018. Photo Michael Cooper
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Rigoletto

Alexander Neef, General Director of the COC, describes Verdi’s Rigoletto as “incendiary”. He situates this production within a historical moment where...
Guillaume Tell Teatro Massimo, Palermo© rosellina garbo_0
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Guillaume Tell

The opening night of a new season at the Teatro Massimo is always an event for the entire city of Palermo, and this year is also its first great event...
TOSCA 2018 (C) ROH. PHOTO BY CATHERINE ASHMORE
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Tosca

What is there new to say about Floria Tosca’s journey from piety and artistry through to a final symbolic confrontation with Baron Scarpia on the batt...
The Return of Ulysses Royal Opera
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The Return of Ulysses

This sublime opera was written by an aging Monteverdi for performance at the Venice Carnival in 1640. In this year, while the great mercantile republi...
Barber of Seville Oslo Opera House
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Barber of Seville

The Barber of Seville is a remarkable opera. Now more than 200 years old – it was premiered in 1816 - it is a comedy that still has the power to provo...
A Midsummer Night’s Dream The Israeli Opera, Tel-Aviv
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Midsummer Night’s Dream

This review must begin with applause to people whose names do not appear in the list of credits below: the management of the Israeli Opera House. For ...
Salome ROH 2018
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Salome

Salome was Strauss’ breakthrough opera and it has all the hallmarks of his early style – lush voluptuous writing for orchestra and the soprano voice a...