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Otello/Anna Nicole/Rigoletto, London

The London opera season begins with a strong new Verdi production at the Coliseum and two highly contrasted revivals at Covent Garden.

Otello/Anna Nicole/Rigoletto, London

The London opera season begins with a strong new Verdi production at the Coliseum and two highly contrasted revivals at Covent Garden.

Otello, English National Opera, review: A flawless production from David Alden

As a preamble to his new production of Verdi’s late masterpiece, director David Alden had some refreshing things to say apropos the eternal debate over whether Otello should be a black, white, or blacked-up figure.

Rigoletto, Royal Opera House, review: Every note is convincing

The orgy with which David McVicar opens his production of Rigoletto – now on its seventh outing – was always that show’s one big fault: the scene should be about droit de seigneur, not a comically-heaving Soho sex-party.

Anna Nicole, Royal Opera House, review: Lacking in real tunes and real drama

The delighted whoops as the curtain went up for the second half of Anna Nicole suggested that for its opening night this revival had found its proper level: an audience of sixteen to twenty-five year olds on very cheap tickets.

Rigoletto , Royal Opera House, London

This is the seventh revival of a staging that threatens to become as much of a fixture as was Jonathan Miller's English National Opera production.

"One that lov'd not wisely but too well": a visceral Otello at ENO

“Beware, my Lord, of jealousy” warns Iago, planting the seed of doubt in Otello’s mind. Beware, too, the dangers of preconceptions. Keen anticipation of this new production of Verdi’s Otello was tempered by the prospect of David Alden as directo

Otello, English National Opera

From one great operatic storm to another. 2014 opened at English National Opera with David Alden’s Peter Grimes, gale-tossed and wet with sea-spray, and now the director turns his attention to Verdi’s Otello. Restlessly urgent, Edward Gardner’s open

Review: Rigoletto (Royal Opera House)

David McVicar's dark production of Verdi's ever-popular opera returns in a strongly-cast revival that is not without problems.

Guillaume Tell, WNO, review, 'bravo!'

The highlight of a forcefully communicated performance of Rossini's Guillaume Tell is the stupendous chorus singing.