Opera

Jonathan Miller's La bohème returns to ENO

ENO's revival of Jonathan Miller's 2009 production is musically solid, but falls short of the dramatic intensity achieved in previous years.

Placido Domingo 'still the finest singer-actor on stage' in I Due Foscari

THE great tenor's voice is still beautifully rich in Verdi's least performed opera set in the Venetian court.

The Way Back Home - English National Opera - Young Vic Theatre

This is the ENO's first opera for children. Based on the original book by Oliver Jeffers, it is the first in a series of new works for children by ENO. This is the story of an unlikely friendship between a boy and a martian, who both crash on the moon

Opera Southwest : Hamlet - Journal Theatre

There have been many successful operatic adaptations of Shakespeare, including such masterworks as Verdi’s Otello and Falstaff. However, it was thought there was no credible adaptation of the Bard’s most famous play. Until now. For the last t

Anatomy of Melancholy, TestBed1

"Want to come and see an opera based on a 17th century medical textbook? It's south of the river and not near the tube..." You can almost feel the person on the receiving end of this question thinking: 'But it's cold and the Apprentice is on!' A trip t

I Due Foscari, Royal Opera House (Cinema Screening): Review

This passionate and tragic production of Verdi’s little known opera argues that it deserves to be better known thanks to the tremendous performances from the entire cast. The story is of Francesco Foscari, who as Doge of Venice is forced to choose b

The Turn of the Screw - Glyndebourne Opera House

‘The ceremony of innocence is drowned.’ These words, taken from a poem by WB Yeats, are the central motif for Benjamin Britten’s opera. Two children are at the core of the story, Miles and Flora. Has their innocence been fatally corrupted? Have they

La scala di seta, Linbury Theatre - review: A brilliant cast

Rossini was just twenty when he wrote this glittering farce: it made sense that everybody involved in its two-centuries-belated premiere at Covent Garden should be Jette Parker Young Artists, not much over twenty themselves.

The Marriage of Figaro @ Coliseum, London

The first revival of Fiona Shaw’s production of The Marriage of Figaro for English National Opera features an almost entirely different cast to its initial outing, and yet the strength of the dynamic that in 2011 it seemed was generated by the intricaci

The Turn of the Screw, Glyndebourne Tour, review: 'cinematic'

Glyndebourne's eerily appropriate setting ensures Britten's opera makes a fresh impact, says John Allison