Lucia di Lammermor © 2017 ROH. Photograph Stephen Cumminskey
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Lucia di Lammermoor

This famous opera regained its place in the repertory thanks to the role it played in the careers of Callas and Sutherland. However, it is has sustain...
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Les Vêpres Siciliennes

The Les Vêpres Siciliennes or as it is known in English The Sicilian Vespers is the name given to the successful rebellion on the island of Sicily tha...
La Bohème 2017 © ROH Photo Katherine Ashmore
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La bohème

Covent Garden’s new production of La Bohème, replacing the much loved Copley version which has been re-appearing for forty years, is splendid but perp...
WNO's the Merchant of Venice- photo credit Johan Persson
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The Merchant Of Venice

If I had to choose two words to describe this opera, they would be “unexpected”, and “powerful”. The libretto is faithful to Shakespeare’s original, w...
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Verdi was a great admirer of Shakespeare, and would significantly contribute to the canonization of the Elizabethan writer in nineteenth-century Italy...
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Turandot was Puccini’s last opera – indeed, he died before it was finished and the version we now hear is the one completed by Franco Alfano. This lat...
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Mitridate, Re di Ponto

Mitridate is an opera seria written by Mozart when he was a 14 year old, learning his trade and flexing his creative muscles. So you might be forgiven...
L’elisir D’amore © ROH Photo Bill Cooper
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L’Elisir D’Amore

L’elisir D’amore, with its highly effective musical contrasts, propelled Donizetti into further international recognition and stardom in 1832, confirm...
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Among Kenneth MacMillan’s many distinctive and famous ballets Mayerling continues to win the highest plaudits, and justly so. More than any of his oth...
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Don Carlo

There are at least four versions of this late-Verdi opera in print, and any number of variations used in production. So it is important to state that ...