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Prince Igor reigns

A despotic invader annexes a troubled state and casts out the rightful ruler. Given recent events, Prince Igor may not be the most sensitive choice to mark the UK-Russia Year of Culture.

A magic Magic Flute

Another excellent production from English Touring Opera brings their total of spring season must-sees to three out of three.

Around La boheme at the Royal Albert Hall

A Zambello-directed, Gubbay-produced, amplifed version of the world's most over-exposed opera?

A nice pair from English Touring Opera

English Touring Opera's spring programme is a bold one.

A nice pair from English Touring Opera

English Touring Opera's spring programme is a bold one.

Heavy metal Wagner

One of the quirkiest Wagnerversary celebrations was a concert by Finnish metal band Apocalyptica. The group, which was formed around three classically-trained cellists, was joined by the MDR Sinfonieorchester in Leipzig last May for two hours of Wagner an

Wozzeck returns

I didn't think it was possible to screw up Wozzeck until I saw Carrie Cracknell's 'post-Iraq' ENO production earlier this year, a misreading that replaced the general with the specific, paranoia with logic, angst with social conscience, playing up to the

Vepres Siciliennes, at last

It's preposterously plotted, dramatically unbalanced and musically uneven.

Top of the Poppeas

What happens when rulers have absolute power? How far will they go when there are no limits? James Conway's production sets Monteverdi's opera in the explicitly political context of Stalin's Soviet Union.

Jason, fleeced

Giasone or Jason, Cavalli's greatest hit emerges trimmed and translated as a witty commentary on fidelity in English Touring Opera's new production.