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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

Rigoletto @ Royal Opera House, London

For the most part, the seventh revival of David McVicar’s 2001 production of Rigoletto delivers exactly what we might expect when a proven staging combines with a first rate cast.

Prom 44: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra/Davis @ Royal Albert Hall, London

There are, in crude terms at least, three approaches to Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85.

Prom 26: European Union Youth Orchestra/Petrenko @ Royal Albert Hall, London

If 4th August 2014 was, quite rightly, focused on the events of a hundred years ago, with the Proms providing its own highly moving commemoration, there was a sense in which the following night’s concert was taking the time to look to the future.

Prom 29: BBC Philharmonic/Noseda @ Royal Albert Hall, London

‘I gave everything to it I was able to give. What I have here accomplished, I will never achieve again’.

The Immortal Hour: Operatic Rarity In An Intimate Setting

Don’t worry if you have never even heard of an opera called The Immortal Hour. The truth is that not many people have.