Opera Reviews

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La Calisto

As always, Longborough’s final presentation of the year is a showcase for emerging talent. This time the production is a modernised update by director...
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Die Fledermaus

The Revenge of the Bat is a better title for this insubstantial piece of Viennese musical farce. Its only claim to a place in the modern repertoire is...
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La Bohème

Staging an opera that is set in Paris during a cold winter around 1830 at an Italian open-air festival in midsummer is definitely not an easy task. An...
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L’arlesiana

Prior to the success of Adriana Lecouverer, Francesco Cilea’s often neglected opera, L’arlesiana, embodies the emotional complexities of domestic and ...
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Cendrillon (Cinderella)

Any visit to Glyndebourne is an event, not solely a performance. Undoubtedly, it is not only its highly-rated opera, but also Glyndebourne’s astoundin...
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Carmen

Carmen the opera, as well as Carmen the character, have been throughout the years unique sources for reimagined versions across all art forms and medi...
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Don Giovanni

The director Martin Constantine has managed to create a brilliantly witty, surprisingly moving and totally engaging production of Mozart and Da Ponte’...
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The Turn of the Screw

“I am the hidden life that stirs when the candle is out” is the line of the libretto that remains in my memory after this superb production of The Tur...
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Noye’s Fludde

“An epic feat of outreach” are the words used by Lily Einhorn who produced this marvellous version of Noye’s Fludde as a joint enterprise for English ...