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George Hall

Les Vepres Siciliennes, Royal Opera House, London

Royal Opera House, London: It seems extraordinary that a mature opera by Verdi should be receiving its first production at Covent Garden, but such is the case with The Sicilian Vespers, a major work first performed in Paris in 1855. The fact that the who

Death in Venice, Grand Theatre, Leeds

Grand Theatre, Leeds: Britten's final stage work enters Opera North's repertoire as part of the company's Festival of Britten season. Premiered at the Snape Maltings as part of the 2007 Aldeburgh Festival, the veteran Japanese actor Yoshi Oida's producti

Death in Venice, Grand Theatre, Leeds

Grand Theatre, Leeds: Britten's final stage work enters Opera North's repertoire as part of the company's Festival of Britten season. Premiered at the Snape Maltings as part of the 2007 Aldeburgh Festival, the veteran Japanese actor Yoshi Oida's producti

Don Giovanni - review

Mozart's opera has often been perceived as a graveyard for directors. If Scottish Opera's production avoids some of the more obvious pitfalls other recent stagings have stumbled into, much of the credit must go to Thomas Allen's vast experience of the tit

Madam Butterfly, Coliseum, London

Coliseum, London: Anthony Minghella's only opera production returns for another run. It's not a vintage cast, though there are good elements, but overall the show seems to have gone fuzzy around the edges; many of the stage pictures still look wonderful

LPO/Jurowski - review

Bringing together soloists from the UK, Germany and Russia as Britten originally wanted, this was a disciplined and insightful performance of his War Requiem. Commissioned for the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral , Britten' s War Requiem ma

Agrippina, Britten Theatre, London

Most of Handel's operas were composed for London theatres and audiences; an exception is the early Agrippina, written in 1709 for Venice, and thus slotting perfectly into English Touring Opera's Venetian season.

L'elisir d'amore, Glyndebourne, Lewes

Glyndebourne, Lewes: Donizetti's love-potion comedy returns as part of the autumn tour repertory in Annabel Arden's production, which updates the action harmlessly to the mid-20th century. Paul Higgins is in charge of this revival, which at times feels a

Jason, Britten Theatre, London

English Touring Opera's imaginative season of Venetian Baroque works continues with one of 17th century opera's greatest successes in the shape of Cavalli's version of the story of Jason and Medea.

The Wasp Factory - review

Iain Banks died just a few weeks before his first novel became an opera in the hands of composer Ben Frost and librettist David Pountney; the result, premiered in August in Bregenz, arrives in the UK in the same staging – also the work of Frost, working