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Opera

Rutland Boughton's The Immortal Hour resurrected

2014 marks the centenary of Rutland Boughton’s record-breaking score, The Immortal Hour. Here, it was squeezed into a small room above the Finborough Pub. 

The Immortal Hour, Finborough Theatre, review: 'tantalising'

Rutland Boughton's 'music-drama' The Immortal Hour gets a brave and intriguing revival, says Rupert Christiansen

Rinaldo - Glyndebourne Festival

In 1711, the 26-year-old Handel was commissioned to write an Italian opera for the Queen’s Theatre in the Haymarket. Rinaldo, the first Italian-language opera written especially for the London stage, is arguably as English as it is Italian. Designed to

Mariinsky Opera: The Left-Hander - The Barbican

The UK premiere of Shchedrin’s witty new comedy of Anglo-Russian misunderstanding, performed by the team that gave its premiere in 2013. Rodion Shchedrin’s The Lefthander is a comedy of Russians and Englishmen, new technology, old traditions, and s

Mariinsky Opera: Boris Godunov - The Barbican

Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov is Russia’s national epic: a tale of splendour, suffering, and the all-too human price of power. It’s one of the supreme achievements in Russian opera; and this concert performance under Valery Gergiev is the first of two

Alcina - The Barbican

Joyce DiDonato joins the English Concert in one of her greatest roles, the sorceress Alcina, in this concert performance of Handel’s opera. Alcina is a sorcereress. She’s also one of Handel’s most complex and fascinating anti-heroines – the und

Rinaldo, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes, review: Glorious preposterousness'

Traditionalist Handelians had trouble accepting the playful take by director Robert Carsen and designer Gideon Davey on Rinaldo at its premiere three years ago; judging by the audience’s response to this revival under Bruno Ravella, that original resist

Rinaldo, Glyndebourne, Lewes

Robert Carson's sometimes silly but entertaining take on Handel's musically supreme fantasy opera returns to Glyndebourne for its first revival.

Review: Rinaldo (Glyndebourne)

Robert Carsen takes the Crusades into the classroom as one of Handel's most tuneful operas is revived.

Rinaldo, Glyndebourne, review: "consistently charming"

When Rupert Christiansen first saw Robert Carsten's production of Rinaldo three years ago, he didn't like it at all. Now he thinks he got it wrong.