Opera

Philip Glass' The Trial, Linbury Theatre, review: Kafka's story has an astonishing prescience

Half a century ago, Kafka’s The Trial (written around 1920) still read like a brilliant, if paranoid, fantasy. Re-read it now, in the age of extraordinary rendition and mass surveillance, and what will strike you is its astonishing prescience, both in s

The Trial, Linbury Studio Theatre, London – review

Kafka, Glass, Hampton: this new chamber opera is a dream ticket.

La Traviata, Glyndebourne Tours, review: 'painfully believable'

Tom Cairns's touring production of Verdi's La Traviata is smart yet under-characterised, says John Allison.

The Trial, Music Theatre Wales, Linbury Studio Theatre, review: 'cannily pitched'

Rupert Christiansen wishes Philip Glass could build dramatic momentum into his opera.

The Trial, Music Theatre Wales, Linbury Studio Theatre

According to the programme essay, Philip Glass describes his latest opera as “serious, but also hilariously funny”.

Golden hearted

Puccini’s La fanciulla del West is, one suspects, one of those works that modern audiences struggle to keep a straight face through.

La Traviata review convincing young lovers strike sparks

Tom Cairns's modern-dress touring production enjoys fine leads in Irina Dubrovskaya and Zach Borichevsky, and skilful support throughout.

La Traviata - Glyndebourne - UK Tour

La traviata, the fallen woman. Does that phrase still have relevance today? For Verdi it was a subject of intense personal significance. He and the singer Giuseppina Strepponi lived together for ten years before they married, enduring the objections of

The Girl of the Golden West - ENO - The Coliseum

Set in the American Wild West during the Californian gold rush, Puccini’s The Girl of the Golden West (La fanciulla del West) follows the lives of saloon-bar owner Minnie and a community of miners who struggle to cope with the harsh realities of surviva

La Finta Giardiniera - Glyndebourne - UK Tour

Before the opera begins Sandrina, the Marchesa Violante, has been attacked and left for dead by her jealous lover, Belfiore. Disguising herself as a gardener, she enters the employment of a small-town mayor and the scene is set for a complex tale of mista