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The Marriage of Figaro, English National Opera

To take Figaro – the ultimate operatic assault on class distinctions and social hierarchies – and set it on a giant revolve is a gesture as wilful as it is elegant. Not only are divisions of above and below-stairs dissolved in this steadily circling...

Alexandra Coghlan | The Artsdesk

The Marriage of Figaro review Fiona Shaws revival struggles to hit the right note

Coliseum, LondonConductor Jaime Martín turns in a lively account of the score, but the production would benefit from more zest and wit Continue reading...

Andrew Clements | The Guardian

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.

Music OMH | Sam Smith

Wagner: Tannhäuser CD review fabled 1961 radio broadcast showcases glorious singing

Taken from a 1961 radio broadcast, this famous performance, long familiar on the bootleg circuit, finally gets a commercial release as part of Orfeo's series devoted to the Bayreuth festivals archives.

The Guardian | Tim Ashley

Schumann: Scenes from Goethes Faust review deeply impressive

Even Schumann’s greatest admirers – and I’d count myself among them – would never claim that his choral music is the most significant or rewarding part of his output.

Andrew Clements | The Guardian

The Trial, Music Theatre Wales, Linbury Studio Theatre

According to the programme essay, Philip Glass describes his latest opera as “serious, but also hilariously funny”.

Alexandra Coghlan | The Artsdesk

The Trial, Music Theatre Wales, Linbury Studio Theatre, review: 'cannily pitched'

Rupert Christiansen wishes Philip Glass could build dramatic momentum into his opera.

Rupert Christiansen | The Telegraph

The Trial, Linbury Studio Theatre, London – review

Kafka, Glass, Hampton: this new chamber opera is a dream ticket.

Financial Times | Hannah Nepil

La Traviata review convincing young lovers strike sparks

Tom Cairns's modern-dress touring production enjoys fine leads in Irina Dubrovskaya and Zach Borichevsky, and skilful support throughout.

George Hall | The Guardian

Philip Glass' The Trial, Linbury Theatre, review: Kafka's story has an astonishing prescience

Half a century ago, Kafka’s The Trial (written around 1920) still read like a brilliant, if paranoid, fantasy. Re-read it now, in the age of extraordinary rendition and mass surveillance, and what will strike you is its astonishing prescience, both in...

Michael Church | The Independent