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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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Verdi’s last opera is a two-fold miracle – of both economy and prodigality.  He started with the advantage of Boito’s superb libretto which strengthen...
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La Boheme

More than a century after it was first premiered in 1896, La Bohème remains a timeless ode to love. Written by Giacomo Puccini who was crowned by musi...
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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If you have any preconceptions of Carmen or, in fact, the entire discipline of opera you shall find them completely misplaced in relation to Kosky’s a...
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What is there new to say about Floria Tosca’s journey from piety and artistry through to a final symbolic confrontation with Baron Scarpia on the batt...
Salome ROH 2018
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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...
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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...