Jonas Kaufmann wasn't ill; Anja Harteros turned up. Given that she'd marked half her lines at the general rehearsal earlier in the week (every singer's prerogative of course, but rare here)I had wondered.
This was one of those rare and blissful evenings in an opera house when the full nobility of Verdi’s mature genius was communicated by voices adequate to its beauties, depths and demands. I am still reeling from the impact.
Politics and religion are dangerously entwined in Giuseppe Verdi’s Don Carlo. Based on a 1787 play by Friedrich Schiller, Don Carlo was first performed at the Paris Opéra in 1867. Verdi made extensive revisions to the opera over the following 20 years.
Handel's 1748 oratorio is rarely performed, so Opera North's staging - imaginatively directed, designed and lit by Charles Edwards - is an all the more welcome addition to the company's Leeds repertoire.
Given their splendid, highly affective music, riveting drama and continuing appeal and relevance to today’s audiences, it is hardly surprising that Handel’s late oratorios have often been described as his greatest operas. Accordingly, staged productio
"Care to smarten up a bit?" Questions from the homeless in the environs of Waterloo station are hardly uncommon, but this one was. I was being asked if I'd like to borrow a tie by a member of the cast of Streetwise Opera's latest show, The Answer to Ever