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Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps CD review workman-like

Namekawa/Davies/Basel SO/Davies(Sinfonieorchester Basel)In June 1912, almost a year before The Rite of Spring reached the stage at its notorious Paris premiere, Stravinsky and Claude Debussy had played through the ballet together at the piano....

Andrew Clements | The Guardian

Otello review: The Bard's magnificent Verdi makeover

DESPITE the dubious translation of Shakespeare's English into Italian, Verdi's most powerful opera, gripped throughout. | William Hartston

Handel's Xerxes by the English National Opera: Astonishing comedy, glorious fun

NICHOLAS HYTNER's production of Handel's Xerxes has astonishing comic turns and an enormous sense of fun. | William Hartson

Anna Nicole

Inflated, titillating, overhyped and overblown – three years on from its premiere, Mark-Anthony Turnage’s swearfest musical returns to the Royal Opera House once again on the main stage.

Jonathan Lennie | Time Out

Rigoletto review a startlingly physical slant on Verdis tragic jester

There is powerful chemistry between Simon Keenlyside and Aleksandra Kurzak, though the operas dramatic and musical climaxes are not always in sympathy.

The Guardian | Tim Ashley

Anna Nicole , Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Since its 2011 Royal Opera House world premiere, Mark-Anthony Turnage's operatic treatment of the tragic life-story of Texan Playboy model and TV personality Anna-Nicole Smith, who died in 2007, has been staged in New York and Dortmund, and now returns...

Graham Rogers | The Stage

Otello , Coliseum, London

David Alden returns to English National Opera with a deracinated Otello that moves the action forward to the 1920s, suggested by Jon Morrell's period costumes.

David Gutman | The Stage

Will Sweeney Todd really help ENO?

Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel are to star in Sweeney Todd at the London Coliseum. But who will benefit, asks Rupert Christiansen.

Rupert Christiansen | The Telegraph

Review: Xerxes (London Coliseum)

Nicholas Hytner's ageless production of Handel's delicious comic opera returns in a strongly-cast revival.

Mark Valencia | WhatsOnStage

Macbeth, Barbican, review: 'an astonishing appropriation'

This stripped-down version of Verdi's opera is inspired, says Rupert Christiansen.

Rupert Christiansen | The Telegraph