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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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Katya Kabanova

This austere opera by Janacek never offers an easy evening in the opera house. Richard Jones' new production for the Royal Opera certainly does justic...
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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...
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The Rape of Lucretia

The Grimeborn opera season at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston begins with The Rape of Lucretia by Benjamin Britten and it is a triumph. It is a perfect ...
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Kiss me Kate

Another classic musical arrives on the stage of the Coliseum in London. Cole Porter’s witty and entertaining story of the backstage dramas of a compan...
4.48 Psychosis (C) ROH. Photo by Stephen Cummiskey
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4.48 Psychosis

“Behold the light of despair, the glare of anguish”. It is so difficult to know where to start with this extraordinary work by composer Philip Venable...
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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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The Mikado

What is the opposite of “turning in your grave”? Because whatever it is that is what W. S. Gilbert is surely doing today. He was the master of gentle ...
Dank Verse Will Penswick
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Dank Verse

Will Penswick bills himself as the worst performance poet in the world. Don’t believe him – this is a seriously funny show and he is a very sharp perf...
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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...