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Bryn Terfel lords it over 'Faust' magnificently

There’s a great deal to disapprove of in Gounod’s Faust.

Mixed results from the ENO and ROH in their seasonal away games

A trip to the Globe brings out the best in Royal Opera House’s Kasper Holten while a tick-boxing visit to Ambika P3 for Thomas Ades’ Powder Her Face doesn’t do the ENO any favours.

Mixed results from the ENO and ROH in their seasonal away games

A trip to the Globe brings out the best in Royal Opera House’s Kasper Holten while a tick-boxing visit to Ambika P3 for Thomas Ades’ Powder Her Face doesn’t do the ENO any favours.

David: Lalla Roukh - Ryan Brown, Marianne Fiset, Emiliano Gonzalez Toro

French opera owes much of its obsession with exoticism to the pivotal figure of Félicien David, a pioneer of 'musical Orientalism'. His opera Lalla Roukh, first performed to huge acclaim in 1862, was the catalyst for the explosion in operas set in the 'E

Faust

Curiously, in a genre that encompasses so many frankly bizarre subjects, Gounod’s operatic setting of Goethe’s ‘Faust’ has been singled out by some as a step too far in reducing a great verse drama to a tawdry bagatelle of hit tunes.

Prince Igor @ Coliseum, London

Founded in 1991, the Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre of Moscow makes its first ever visit to the United Kingdom with a production of Prince Igor.

Faust - Royal Opera House

Charles-François Gounod’s Faust was once one of the most famous and most performed of all operas: at Covent Garden it was heard every season between 1863 and 1911. Jules Barbier and Michel Carré’s libretto is a tale of romance, temptation, and the a

Mini-review - Ormindo - Royal Opera at Shakespeare

Less than a month after my unfortunate visit to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse to see The Knight of the Burning Pestle, I was back in the side balcony for a stab at what I thought might be a more successful evening - a production of 17th century opera L'Ormi

David: Lalla Roukh review 'Supremely elegant lead performance'

Provençal composer Félicien David (1810-76) is best known as a purveyor of fashionable operatic orientalism to the second empire, and Lalla Roukh (1862) was a big hit in its day.

Under Milk Wood opera review 'Skilfully telescoped dialogue'

Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea Written for radio, Dylan Thomas's celebrated play risks losing its charm in translation on to the stage but here it remains triumphant Adapted to other media, Dylan Thomas's play for voices thought to be the finest written