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
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.
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
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
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