Opera Reviews

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Salome

First performed in 1905, ‘Salome’ was Strauss’ breakthrough opera, and is still perhaps the most startling despite all the later successes in collabor...
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La Traviata

This David McVicar production of Traviata is nearly ten years old now but has lost none of its narrative force and emotional power. It is not a ground...
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War and Peace

Prokofiev's operatic version of Tolstoy's novel presents a range of challenges for any opera company. David Pountney's production for Welsh National O...
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Faust, Alberta

Treatments of the Faust story abound in many languages, musical and literary formats. It is a bold and brave endeavour on the part of composer Simone ...
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Xerse

The Grimeborn season at the Arcola Theatre often achieves minor miracles. This production of an opera by Cavalli from seventeenth century Venice is a ...
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Carmen the Gypsy

The Grimeborn season at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston continues with an intriguing re-telling of the story of Carmen. The writer Dan Allum has drawn o...
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Swan Lake

The sheer lushness of the St. Petersburg Theatre's production of Swan Lake is staggering. The production values are high - superb sets with mere cloth...
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Onegin and Tatiana

The Grimeborn opera season at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston continues with a re-imagined version of Eugene Onegin, devised by Guido Martin-Brandis. Th...
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Vanessa

Samuel Barber’s Vanessa (1958) is a work at once accessible and elusive, and a successful production revolves around breaking down that paradox and re...
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The Daughter of the Regiment

Opera Della Luna has an admirable track record of revitalising old comic operas. Its guiding spirit, Jeff Clarke, has taken Donizetti’s comic masterpi...