Opera Reviews

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The Magic Flute

The Magic Flute returns to the English National Opera this week to much applause. The revival of the 2016 production, under Simon McBurney's direction...
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The Merry Widow

The Merry Widow is a charming bit of Viennese nonsense with some good tunes and a bit of a Beatrice and Benedict plot. ENO has tried very hard – maybe...
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La favorite

The Teatro Massimo’s new production of Donizetti’s La Favorite revives the tradition of Bel Canto in all its magnificence. Performed in Paris for the ...
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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...