Opera

The Return of Ulysses Royal Opera
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The Return of Ulysses

This sublime opera was written by an aging Monteverdi for performance at the Venice Carnival in 1640. In this year, while the great mercantile republi...
Barber of Seville Oslo Opera House
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Barber of Seville

The Barber of Seville is a remarkable opera. Now more than 200 years old – it was premiered in 1816 - it is a comedy that still has the power to provo...
A Midsummer Night’s Dream The Israeli Opera, Tel-Aviv
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Midsummer Night’s Dream

This review must begin with applause to people whose names do not appear in the list of credits below: the management of the Israeli Opera House. For ...
Salome ROH 2018
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Salome

Salome was Strauss’ breakthrough opera and it has all the hallmarks of his early style – lush voluptuous writing for orchestra and the soprano voice a...
Un ballo in maschera, La Fenice Photo Michele Crosera
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Un Ballo In Maschera

Verdi’s opera had a tumultuous fate: Somma’s libretto after Scribe’s Gustave III was censored by the Naples authorities...
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Semiramide

Rossini loved food. A gourmand and gourmet after whom many dishes were named, one of the few times he is known to have shed tears was when he lost a p...
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Rigoletto

The Royal Opera’s revival of David McVicar’s 2001 production of Rigoletto fittingly dedicated to the most sought-after Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorost...
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Don Giovanni

It is always exciting to learn what directors may see in what some call “the opera of operas”. Staging Mozart`s “Don Giovanni” is a huge challenge...
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Rusticana / Pagliacci

This revival of Michieletto’s splendid production of “Cav and Pag” provides a wonderful evening of ‘verismo’ opera. We get singing – and acting - of t...
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Eugene Onegin

The splendid OperaUpClose team has come up with another reworked version of an operatic classic - and it is a triumph.  The story of boredom, infatuat...