Amy Beach’s Cabildo at Wilton’s Music Hall: a Creole Beggar’s Opera

Pierre Lafitte (1770-1821) is a figure of swashbuckling legend.  The French-born New Orleans merchant mariner-cum-pirate and his brother Jean ran an illicit trading network in defiance of the American, Spanish…

Hurn Court Opera’s Dido and Aeneas

An outing to the handsome Romanesque-revival church in Wilton, Wiltshire for a performance of Dido and Aeneas by Hurn Court Opera provided food for thought.  Established in 2017, this Dorset-based…

Two Shows at Salzburg’s Rock Riding School

Mind-blowing productions of Strauss’ Elektra staged by Krzysztof Warlikowski and Luigi Nono’s Intolleranza 1960 staged by Jan Lauwers. [Lead photo is a detail of the back wall of Elektra covered…

ENO pop up with Puccini at Crystal Palace Bowl

English National Opera seem to be making a summer habit of popping up with Puccini in London’s palace-parks.  After 2020’s hill-top drive-in La bohème at Alexandra Palace, this year the…

Opera on Location bring Debussy’s The prodigal son home to Sheffield

Located in one of Sheffield’s oldest industrial districts, Kelham Island Museum stands on a man-made island, the result of 12th-century engineering when a goit, or mill race, was constructed diverting…

Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro 2021

Moïse et Pharaon, ou Le passage de la mer rouge is Rossini’s adaptation of his Neapolitan Mosè in Egitto for the Paris Opéra. This revision may be the epitome of…

British Youth Opera: a superb cast shine in Rossini’s L’occasione fa il ladro

Rossini’s libretti often require one to leave logic at the theatre entrance and embrace the absurd – stock buffa characters, stolen and switched identities, arranged marriages, double nuptials, an inevitable…

Cries in the High Desert

Beginning in 1957, the venerable Santa Fe Opera festival embarked on an ambitious journey that included presenting world premieres, in which series this summer’s The Lord of Cries is the…

Figaro la, Figaro qua in Santa Fe

Like the barber in another famous piece, Santa Fe Opera’s The Marriage of Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro) is frequently all over the place. There may be a number of…

Santa Fe Opera Fields a Dream Team

If ever there was a nigh perfect match of an opera with idyllic outdoor surroundings, Santa Fe Opera’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is surely the one. The opening thirty minutes…