Ethel Smyth’s The Boatswain’s Mate at the Arcola Theatre

Two days, two boatswains’ mates: the first, genuine navy lad Bill Bobstay, sailing the seas aboard Captain Corcoran’s H.M.S. Pinafore; the second, ex-soldier Ned Travers, partner-in-intrigue to former boatswain Harry…

Smooth sailing on H.M.S. Pinafore at Opera Holland Park

With the ‘good ship’ Britannia heading straight towards political and economic icebergs that are all too visible, Opera Holland Park’s offer of smoothing sailing aboard H.M.S. Pinafore, with John Savournin…

Donizetti’s Rita: charming summer sparkle at the Charing Cross Theatre

Every farce needs doors, preferably at least three of them.  They must be robust enough to be slammed, frequently, and for characters to revolve through at speed, communications thwarted, connections…

Ian Bostridge and Julius Drake, Live from London: ‘Transfigured Love’

VOCES8’s Summer ’22 — LIVE From London series has offered the ensemble the opportunity to form new partnerships, and this recital by Ian Bostridge and Julius Drake was recorded in…

Il tabarro: Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra play Puccini at the Proms

A barge is moored along a wharf on the Seine River, the sluggish flow of which is a hard-working metaphor in Puccini’s one-act Il tabarro (The cloak) – for the…

Live from London – I Fagiolini: The Feast of San Rocco, Venice, 1608

In May 1608, the English traveller and eccentric, Thomas Coryat (c.1577-1617), set off on a continental tour of Europe which would take him, often on foot, through France and Italy…

Richard Blackford’s Pietà at the Three Choirs Festival

The Stabat Mater is a Latin hymn, probably dating from the 13th century, which commemorates and mediates upon the sorrow and grief of the Virgin Mary at the Crucifixion, as…

Dyson’s Quo Vadis at the Three Choirs Festival

George Dyson began composing his nine-movement ‘cycle of poems’, Quo Vadis, in 1936 and completed it as the Second World War was ending, in 1945, but if it the grand…

Beyond the Garden: a haunting one-act opera by Stephen McNeff

Theodor Adorno called her ‘the monster’; the wife of the writer Friedrich Torberg derided her as ‘a grande dame and at the same time a cesspool’.  Yet, Alma Mahler was…

Burgeoning with life: Tête à Tête announce an exciting 2022 Opera Festival programme

Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2022 is a-blossom with wild, unique and unexpected operatic shoots as the outlandish opera company continues to nurture theatre-makers with a diverse range of…