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Sam Smith

The Winter’s Tale Proves The Perfect Spring Treat

The Winter’s Tale is one Shakespeare play that has until now never been turned into a ballet.

View From The Bridge Starker Than Ever At The Young Vic

In Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge the setting of 1950s Brooklyn is key, and yet the messages the play carries are universal, crossing time, cultures and geographical boundaries.

Prince Igor @ Coliseum, London

Founded in 1991, the Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre of Moscow makes its first ever visit to the United Kingdom with a production of Prince Igor.

Poignant One-Woman Show Brings Home Atrocities Committed In Syria

Amir Nizar Zuabi’s one-woman show Oh My Sweet Land is described as a love story from Syria.

Die Frau ohne Schatten @ Royal Opera House, London

The Royal Opera celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss with a new staging of Die Frau ohne Schatten, first seen at La Scala in 2012.

La fille du régiment @ Royal Opera House, London

Donizetti’s La fille du régiment may be the epitome of comic opera and yet this, in itself, places immense challenges on any director.

Le Corsaire: Pre-eminent Swashbuckling Ballet At The Coliseum

Composer Adolphe Adam is best known for Giselle, one of the most famous, elegant and emotionally deep ballets there is.

Carmen @ Royal Opera House, London

With its angular sets and exuberant staging, Francesca Zambello’s 2006 production of Carmen provides a thoroughly modern approach to capturing the Spanish essence of the opera.

Madam Butterfly @ Coliseum, London

Already enjoying its fifth revival, Anthony Minghella’s 2005 production of Madam Butterfly, now directed by Sarah Tipple, is a firm favourite with English National Opera audiences.

Le nozze di Figaro @ Royal Opera House, London

The most striking aspect of David McVicar’s production of Le nozze di Figaro, staged in 2006 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth, is not its updating of the setting from the 1780s to 1830s revolution-scarred Europe, effective though