Opera

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La Traviata

Every opera company needs a top quality production of Traviata that it can roll out to bring in the crowds and fill the coffers. Verdi’s tuneful and t...
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Don Carlo

This was a classic opera production, a remake of original direction and design made for several Spanish opera companies. The story is grave, and so is...
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

I am something of a fan of Benjamin Britten’s opera of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I like the music, the initial eerie glissandos, some of the brillian...
From the House of the Dead (C) ROH. Photo by Clive Barda
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From the House of the Dead

‘In every creature, a spark of God’ wrote the composer on the title page of this, his last opera, now given its first ever Covent Garden performance. ...
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Giulio Cesare

John Coke and his team at Bury Court have conjured up a minor miracle with a production of Giulio Cesare that does full justice to one of Handel’s fin...
The Marriage of Figaro ETO Photo Jane Hobson
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The Marriage of Figaro

The Beast from the East nearly ruined the first night of ETO’s new production of The Marriage of Figaro. There were a lot of empty seats at the Hackne...
Rossini's Semiramide. Photo Ken Howard_Met Opera
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Semiramide

Attending the premier of the revival of Giacomo Rossini’s Semiramide at the Metropolitan Opera the week after Black Panther opened and the ski jumping...
The Abduction from the Seraglio Canadian Opera Company Photo Mark Cooper
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Abduction from the Seraglio

The COCs new production of Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio attempts much, but delivers little. The production, at first glance, seems replete...
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Iolanthe

Forget Hamilton. There’s a new ‘hot ticket’ in town, and it is, of all things, Iolanthe at the ENO! Appearing as fresh, glittering, and risqué as a...
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La Forza del Destino

This Verdi blockbuster, chosen by Welsh National Opera as part of their ‘Rabble Rousers’ season, deals with the malevolent effect of fate on three peo...