Antonio Pappano and Friends — Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

It’s not often that the accompanist is given top billing in a vocal recital, even when he’s the venue’s musical director.

Dalibor Jenis sings Renato in the Royal Opera house Un ballo in maschera.

“Everything in opera comes from Italy”, says Dalibor Jenis, who sings Renato in the current Royal Opera House Un ballo in maschera. “Italian is the language of music, my second…

Glyndebourne : a spectacular Purcell The Fairy Queen

Glyndebourne is the epitome of British opera festivals. Seventy-five years ago, John Christie founded the tradition of “country house opera”, where opera can be enjoyed in beautiful settings.

Un ballo in maschera at Royal Opera House

On the whole, I’d prefer the conspirators to be sitting on toilets…

Gőtterd‰mmerung in Venice and Kőln — Sex and Politics Behind the Berlin Wall

With Gˆtterd‰mmerung, a co-production with the Kˆln Opera House created by Robert Carsen (stage direction), Patrick Kinmonth (sets and costumes) and Jeffrey Tate (conductor), La Fenice approaches completion of the…

La Traviata at Royal Opera House

Four years have passed since the most celebrated American soprano of recent times, RenÈe Fleming, graced the stage at Covent Garden, in Elijah Moshinsky’s classic production of Otello.

The Lowry strikes not of discord over Royal Opera House in Manchester Lowry Centre

http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/stage/opera/article6571871.ece

Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre shocks Rome but only mildly

Le Grand Macabre is the only opera of Gyˆrgy LigÈti, one of the major composers of the 20th century.

Aspen Music Festival goes back in time

http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20090625/NEWS/906249960/1060

SCHUBERT: Alfonso und Estrella

What is the worst opera with the best music?