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Otello review: The Bard's magnificent Verdi makeover

DESPITE the dubious translation of Shakespeare's English into Italian, Verdi's most powerful opera, gripped throughout.

Handel's Xerxes by the English National Opera: Astonishing comedy, glorious fun

NICHOLAS HYTNER's production of Handel's Xerxes has astonishing comic turns and an enormous sense of fun.

Anna Nicole

Inflated, titillating, overhyped and overblown – three years on from its premiere, Mark-Anthony Turnage’s swearfest musical returns to the Royal Opera House once again on the main stage.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - ENO - The Coliseum

Academy Award-winning actress Emma Thompson and international star Bryn Terfel reprise their roles as Mrs Lovett and Sweeney Todd in Stephen Sondheim’s gloriously gruesome musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Find out the macabre s

Rigoletto @ Royal Opera House, London

For the most part, the seventh revival of David McVicar’s 2001 production of Rigoletto delivers exactly what we might expect when a proven staging combines with a first rate cast.


Otello brings back a dream team to the ENO stage and marks Edward Gardener’s penultimate performance as musical director for the company.

William Tell - Welsh National Opera

What do you know about William Tell? Everyone knows the infectious tune used as the Lone Ranger theme. Everyone (probably) knows of the iconic scene in which Tell, fighting against Austrian oppression, shoots an apple on his son’s head. But there is muc

Otello @ Coliseum, London

The Edward Gardner / Stuart Skelton / David Alden trio has been triumphant on the ENO stage in the past, but this production, unlike their previous collaborations, seems tentative rather than definitive.

Macbeth, Barbican, review: 'an astonishing appropriation'

This stripped-down version of Verdi's opera is inspired, says Rupert Christiansen.

Otello , Coliseum, London

David Alden returns to English National Opera with a deracinated Otello that moves the action forward to the 1920s, suggested by Jon Morrell's period costumes.