George Hall

The Gospel According to the Other Mary, London Coliseum

London Coliseum: To a libretto by Peter Sellars based on the Old Testament, the New Testament, the medieval abbess Hildegard of Bingen and the writings of half a dozen politically active and mainly female 20th-century poets, John Adams' passion oratorio p

Idomeneo , Royal Opera House, London

Austrian director Martin Kusej, a leading member of the German Regietheater movement, makes his Royal Opera debut with Mozart's early masterpiece, set after the end of the Trojan War.

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.

Moses in Egypt, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff: Stirringly entitled 'Liberty or Death!', Welsh National Opera's autumn season makes a feature of two relatively unfamiliar works by Rossini - though both provided successes for the company back in the 1960s. As with last

The Girl of the Golden West, Coliseum, London

Coliseum, London: In 1904 Puccini turned a play by David Belasco - Madam Butterfly - into one of his most successful operas, and it was doubtless with the hope of repeating the trick that he also set to music Belasco's Broadway hit The Girl of the Golden

William Tell , Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Productions of Rossini’s last and most ambitious opera are a bit like buses - you wait 20 years and then two come along at once: the Royal Opera presents its own version at the end of the 2014/15 season.

The Blank Canvas review operatic novices make their mark

The winner of last year's Opera Up Close Flourish competition for new composers and librettists impresses in all aspects.

La Traviata , Soho Theatre, London

OperaUpClose's slimmed-down staging of Verdi's opera manages to make do with just five singers (no separate chorus) and a three-piece band - on the first night consisting of pianist/music director Alex Beetschen, clarinettist Sarah Douglas and cellist Wil

Rinaldo at Glyndebourne review entertaining but ultimately trivial

Glyndebourne, LewesFour strong countertenors are on display in this school-based setting of Handel's opera, but the consistent playing for laughs feels both relentless and evasiveThe background to the plot of Handel's 1711 opera is the first Crusade, whic

Prom 29: BBC Philharmonic/Noseda review Benjamin Grosvenor lifts the roof off

Royal Albert Hall, LondonPianist Benjamin Grosvenor's ample programme brought together a one-time Proms favourite, a neglected Italian and an old French warhorseIn his Proms appearance with the BBC Philharmonic under the Manchester orchestra's conductor l