Intermezzo

Eugene Onegin yet again

Eugene Onegin - Royal Academy of Music, 14 March 2013 And so on to the - fourth? fifth? - Eugene Onegin in London in the last five minutes. This one's distinguishing characteristic was that the principals were roughly the same...

Siege of Calais in Hackney

L’assedio di Calais is one of those Donizetti operas that don't get many outings. The fault is not in the music, which with its many delightful ensemble pieces is no worse than his more popular works.

Written on Skin at the Royal Opera House

Written on Skin - Royal Opera House, 8 March 2013 (UK premiere) Very rarely do an opera's words, music and staging complement each other so perfectly they seem to have sprung from the same hand.

Cosi fan tutte without the trimmings

English Touring Opera's new production of Mozart's most inscrutable opera relishes its confectionery charms but also hints at the darker undercurrents beneath.

A new Eugene Onegin at the Royal Opera House

Eugene Onegin - Royal Opera House, 4 February 2013 Is is possible to please all of the people all of the time? Fuelled by what should by now be in-depth knowledge of varied and esoteric Covent Garden tastes, Kasper Holten...

Behind the scenes at Konwitschny's La traviata

The current ENO La traviata was first seen in Graz back in 2011. Ioan Holender (yes that one) secured a peek at rehearsals and an interview with director Peter Konwitschny for his Austrian TV show kulTOUR mit Holender. Watch above...

The Dead Dog Whisperer

On top of the endless stream of Wagnertrinketry, 2013's Wagnerversary will see an explosion in the publication of Wagner-themed books. Think everything that could possibly be written about Wagner has already been written? Not. Rolling off the presses in M

Wagner time

Watch out, there's a Wagnerversary about. Jewellers Wempe have brought out a celebratory Wagner watch in time for the composer's 200th birthday. Featuring a discreet facsimile signature on the face and a portrait on the reverse, the watch is a...

First look at Philip Glass's Perfect American

Philip Glass's latest opera, The Perfect American, premieres tonight at Madrid's Teatro Real. Based on Peter Stephan Jungk's novel of the same name, it presents 13 fictionalised episodes in the life of Walt Disney in a production by Phelim McDermott....

A box full of Verdi

In the league table of 2013 composer anniversary CD box sets, Wagner and Britten seem to have taken an early lead, with poor old Verdi languishing below in third. There was nothing in the coveted pre-Christmas release slot, but of...