Opera Reviews

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Jenůfa

Jenůfa (1904) is Janáček’s first mature opera, but still underperformed in comparison with the five masterpieces that follow it. Though there are stil...
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Piazzolla Project

This year’s Grimeborn festival came to an end on Sunday with an uplifting survey of the career and work of Astor Piazzolla from the new four-person co...
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Rigoletto

An air of some excitement and anticipation hangs in the packed Royal Opera House’s auditorium.  This is the first performance since the first COVID-19...
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Orfeo and Zanetto Double Bill

Barefoot Opera brought an unusual double bill to Grimeborn at the Arcola. They paired a shortened version of Gluck's Orfeo ed Eurydice with Zanetto, a...
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Alcina

As part of the splendid Grimeborn festival put on every summer by the Arcola, Marcio da Silva's Ensemble Orquestra has brought us an intriguing and in...
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Aida

Considering the current deterioration of the epidemiologic situation, one would have never dreamed of being able to enjoy an opera alongside 15,000 ot...
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I Capuleti e i Montecchi

Unlike the more popular Charles Gounod version, Vincenzo Bellini's opera, recounting the woeful story of Juliet and her Romeo, has never before been p...
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Così fan tutte

The current production of Così fan Tutte at the 2020 Salzburg festival was already staged last year with some cuts to the original score in order to c...
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Die Walküre

Back in 2019 Grimeborn began its exploration of Wagner’s Ring cycle with the inspired idea of reviving the reduced-scale version devised by Jonathan D...