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Opera

Gloria: a Pigtale, Linbury Theatre, London – review

HK Gruber’s supposedly satirical fable was reduced to an exhausting visual display of comic piggery.

La traviata, Glyndebourne

Some of us have witnessed Traviatas where single stars were born: Angela Gheorghiu for Solti at the Royal Opera nearly 20 years ago springs quickest to mind.

Buxton Festival 2014

Recognised nationally and internationally as one of the UK’s leading arts festivals, Buxton Festival is a summer celebration of the very best opera, music and literature at the heart of the beautiful Peak District. Buxton is one of the only festivals

The Jacobin, Buxton Opera House, Derbyshire – review

Sweet sadness is balanced by boisterous dance and comedy but Dvořák’s generosity of melody is what really elevates this opera.

Maria Stuarda at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

REALLY, Donizetti’s opera Maria Stuarda is such a two-hander it should have been called Regina Elisabetta e Maria Stuarda.

The Jacobin, Buxton Festival, review: 'a loving performance'

This adaptaion of Dvorák's The Jacobin shows Buxton Festival at its best, says Rupert Christiansen.

Maria Stuarda; New Music Biennial review

Maria Stuarda is a fight to the death between two magnificent queens and an 'eclectic' design.

The Queen of Spades, Grange Park Opera

For my money, The Queen of Spades is one of the great nineteenth-century operas, a masterpiece of dramma per musica. There will always be pure spirits who cry “vulgar” at late Tchaikovsky. But the charge is absurd. Anyone with ears can hear the brilli

Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos review: Sitcom meets Greek tragedy and burlesque

THIS tricky opera is cleverly staged with near-perfect performances at the Royal Opera House.

La Finta Giardiniera review: 'Wonderfully absurd' opera from prodigy Mozart

INTRICATE web of lust and deceit ripped apart in astonishing crescendo.