Opera Reviews

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Cosi fan Tutte

Covent Garden’s revival of Jan Philipp Gloger’s production of Cosi Fan Tutte makes a welcome return to Covent Garden. Cosi has always been regarded as...
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Aurora

The admirable Bury Court Opera has brought us another specially commissioned work by promising young composer Noah Mosley. It’s a bizarre tale of lost...
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Un Ballo in Maschera

Giuseppe Verdi often fell foul of the censors, and he was well aware that an opera about the assassination of a popular Swedish monarch was pretty lik...
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The Magic Flute

How can you not love an opera that begins with the hero running on stage pursued by a giant lobster, screaming for help, and fainting? This charming r...
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Anthropocene

Scottish Opera makes a very welcome visit to London, bringing their newly commissioned opera by composer Stuart MacRae and librettist Louise Welsh. It...
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La Traviata

Richard Eyre’s version of La Traviata is exquisite – striking the perfect balance between opulence and sensitivity. The sheer brilliance and complexit...
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La Bohème

There are many reasons why Puccini’s La Bohème is one of the favourite opera of every theatre in the world: the perfect balance of tragedy and comedy,...
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La Bohème

This well-known and long-standing opera has truly stood the test time; even though this is the fourth revival of Miller’s adaptation, La Bohème still ...
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Carmen

Barrie Kosky’s adaptation of Carmen is a bit hit-and-miss. There is plenty to enjoy, but aesthetically it is a crazy concoction that often distracts f...
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Simon Boccanegra

Genoa, 14th century is a backdrop to a political, social and personal drama cradled in the agonies of love, machinations, feuds and eventual reconcili...