ENO1718-The-Marriage-of-Figaro 01-c-Alastair-Muir
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The Marriage of Figaro

The English National Opera’s revival of The Marriage of Figaro is a welcome success after recent troubles. Fiona Shaw, who was the original director o...
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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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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...
ENO Iolanthe 2018 - c-Clive-Barda
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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...
SATYAGRAHA **** English National Opera-c-Donald-Cooper
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This is the third revival of a landmark 2007 production, the first in the UK of this popular opera. It forms the centrepiece of Glass’ Portraits trilo...
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Before I even get around to talking about this very intelligent and moving production of Handel’s masterful opera Rodelinda, I have to state the this ...
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The Barber of Seville

Jonathan Miller’s production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville is a perfect example of a concept that weathers well and the ability to look at a clas...
ENO Aida 2017 c-Tristram Kenton
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Aida is grand opera in every way – big voices, huge choruses, and lots of extras. And this ENO production, directed by Phelim McDermott, certainly goe...
ENO Rigoletto. Photo Alastair Muir
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The new production of “Rigoletto” at the ENO is the thirteenth revival of the legendary performance, first staged by Jonathan Miller way back in 1982....
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The Pirates of Penzance

By common consent this work is the most perfectly finished of the Savoy Operas. It can simply be read as a rambunctious, witty, paradoxical comedy wit...