Opera Reviews

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Anna Bolena

Anna Bolena is one of the great operas of the Italian romantic era. Historically, it was innovative both musically and dramatically. Among other reaso...
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Boris Godunov

‘Made in Britain” is written all over this revival production of the Russian opera ‘Boris Godunov’. Fittingly, even the name Boris is currently associ...
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Nabucco

Nabucco is Verdi’s third opera but first triumph. It propelled the young composer from desperation to elation. The plot consists of the essential ingr...
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The Magic Flute

Mozart produced The Magic Flute in the last year of his life, 1791. Europe was in turmoil. In England, The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine was published...
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Cendrillon

Cendrillon is Jules Massenet’s late nineteenth-century version of the Cinderella story, which takes the gist of the familiar fairy story while moving ...
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The Diary of One Who Disappeared

Burdened by a forbidden muse, Leos Janacek’s 1919 song cycle, The Diary of One Who Disappeared, serves as an allegoric recount of late-life love. Belg...
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Manon Lescaut

Opera Holland Park, famed for its nuanced take on opera outdoors, opened its summer season with Puccini’s pivotal 1893 opera, Manon Lescaut. The premi...
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Tosca

Vittorio Grigolo’s performance of ‘E Lucevan le Stelle’ as Cavaradossi moved me to tears as never before in this production of Tosca on Thursday the 3...
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The Damnation of Faust

‘La damnation de Faust’ is, even by Berlioz’ standards, an odd work. Neither opera nor oratorio, but a self-styled ‘dramatic legend’, it is normally c...