Sam Smith

L’elisir d’amore @ Royal Opera House, London

This is the third revival of Laurent Pelly’s L’elisir d’amore of 2007 and, being well acquainted with the production, I took a trip to a live screening to see if this would offer any new insights.

The Gospel According to the Other Mary @ Coliseum, London

John Adams’ oratorio The Gospel According to the Other Mary, in exploring Jesus’ crucifixion, is a companion piece to his El Niño of 2000, which describes the nativity.

La bohème @ Coliseum, London

It is not often in La bohème that the Benoît and Alcindoro are billed higher than those taking the more major roles of Musetta, Colline and Schaunard.

White Christmas Is A Heart-Warming Winter Night Out

‘Lord help the sister who comes between me and my man’. Rachel Stanley and Louise Bowden as Betty and Judy Haynes. Photo by Alastair Muir. Londonist Rating: ★★★★☆ Everyone has seen White Christmas, with its iconic songs by Irving Berlin, a

La traviata @ Glyndebourne Tour, New Victoria Theatre, Woking

Tom Cairns’ Glyndebourne Touring Opera version of La traviata, which follows on from this year’s Festival production, is simply yet effectively staged.

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

Cutting Edge Musical Theatre In The Scottsboro Boys

If anyone required proof that musical theatre does not have to be fluffy and light, they need look no further than the works of John Kander and Fred Ebb.

The Girl of the Golden West @ Coliseum, London

Rodney Milnes claims that there is a certain ‘chicken-and-egg’ explanation as to why The Girl of the Golden West is not performed as frequently as many of Puccini’s other operas.

Captivating Revival Of Manon From The Royal Ballet

Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli in Manon © Alastair Muir This ballet version of Manon was created by legendary choreographer Kenneth MacMillan for the Royal Ballet in 1974, following in a tradition of turning the 1731 novel L’histoire du che

Il barbiere di Siviglia @ Royal Opera House, London

It may strike some as odd that Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s 2005 production of Il barbiere di Siviglia should approach Rossini’s masterpiece in quite this way, since it does not seem obvious to give such a comic creation a minimalist staging, b