Ukrainian opera companies honoured by International Opera Awards

Two Ukrainian opera companies were celebrated for their outstanding work in challenging circumstances at the International Opera Awards 2022 this evening [28 Nov]. The international opera world came together at Teatro Real…

It’s a Wonderful Life at English National Opera

For want of a mislaid £8000, both George Bailey’s company and his own reputation are on the brink of ruin, and he himself stands on a literal precipice, ready to…

Orpheus in the Underworld at the Royal College of Music

Identifying the influences which inform her new production of Jacques Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld at the Royal College of Music, director Louise Bakker cites ‘everything from Brideshead, Blackadder and…

A Child in Striped Pyjamas: a new chamber opera by Noah Max

When John Boyne’s book The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas was published in 2006, it immediately became an international bestseller. Boyne’s ‘fable’ presents a fictional account of the horrors of a…

Glyndebourne travels to the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Desire, disease and death are inseparable in Puccini’s La bohème.  As Rodolfo says to Marcello in Act 3, when he explains why he is leaving Mimì, despite his love for…

Richard Jones brings a wry twist to Alcina’s magic powers at the Royal Opera House

‘The Only Path’.  So reads the insignia emblazoned on the drop curtain, as the overture to Alcina strikes up in the Royal Opera House pit at the start of Richard…

WNO’s La bohème at the Birmingham Hippodrome

Annabel Arden’s production of La bohème is ten years old now, but somehow I’ve contrived not to encounter it during my visits to the Birmingham Hippodrome during the last decade. …

Mortality and meaning: Welsh National Opera’s superb Makropulos Case at the Birmingham Hippodrome

Elina Makropulos, the ‘heroine’ of Leoš Janáček’s 1925 opera The Makropulos Case (Věc Makropulos), has been alive for 337 years, her longevity prolonged by an experimental potion given to her…

To La Scala Picturehouse, for an intriguing triple bill at Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Nino Rota’s one-act radio opera, Il due timidi, was composed for Radio Audizioni Italiane and first broadcast in November 1950.  Its first London performance took place at the Scala Theatre…

In conversation with Mary Bevan

Operas sometimes seem like the proverbial London bus: you wait at the stop for ages and then three come along at once.  This year, the bus’s destination has been Alcina’s…