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Opera

The Jacobin, Buxton Opera House, Derbyshire – review

Sweet sadness is balanced by boisterous dance and comedy but Dvořák’s generosity of melody is what really elevates this opera.

Maria Stuarda at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

REALLY, Donizetti’s opera Maria Stuarda is such a two-hander it should have been called Regina Elisabetta e Maria Stuarda.

The Jacobin, Buxton Festival, review: 'a loving performance'

This adaptaion of Dvorák's The Jacobin shows Buxton Festival at its best, says Rupert Christiansen.

Maria Stuarda; New Music Biennial review

Maria Stuarda is a fight to the death between two magnificent queens and an 'eclectic' design.

The Queen of Spades, Grange Park Opera

For my money, The Queen of Spades is one of the great nineteenth-century operas, a masterpiece of dramma per musica. There will always be pure spirits who cry “vulgar” at late Tchaikovsky. But the charge is absurd. Anyone with ears can hear the brilli

Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos review: Sitcom meets Greek tragedy and burlesque

THIS tricky opera is cleverly staged with near-perfect performances at the Royal Opera House.

La Finta Giardiniera review: 'Wonderfully absurd' opera from prodigy Mozart

INTRICATE web of lust and deceit ripped apart in astonishing crescendo.

Review: La bohème (Royal Opera House)

Puccini's most popular opera returns to Covent Garden in John Copley's 40-year-old staging.

Cox and Box : Mrs Bouncer's Legacy - Stephen Joseph theatre

1866. Cox is an apprentice hatter who works by day, and Box, a printer who works by night. Under the swift broom of landlady Mrs Bouncer, the two unknowingly share the same room…but that’s not all they have in common. Tempers flare and it’s not long

Maria Stuarda opera review: 'Electrifying' top-class sopranos in monarch power struggle

JOYCE DiDonato transcends 'heavy-handed' directors and bewilderingly obvious set designs with her sensational voice.