Idomeneo at the Aix Festival

Idomeneo, said to be one of the great operas of all times in a magnificent production at Pierre Audi’s Aix Festival. Though the Mozart opera seria itself had been filtered…

Ponchielli’s La Gioconda at Grange Park Opera

La Gioconda (1876) is a rare visitor to opera stages in the UK and this Grange Park Opera production, originally scheduled for the 2020 season, offers a welcome opportunity to…

Salome at the Aix Festival

A ponderous reading of the Strauss score, a meticulous, methodical staging of the Oscar Wilde  drama. A radiant Salome, an unleashed Herod. Unsettling, sentient scenography. Unexpected magnificence. High, very high…

Outstanding Turn of the Screw from Garsington

Set within acres of verdant parkland and a lake, Garsington’s glass-sided auditorium surely makes the perfect location for Britten’s chamber opera, especially when dusk approaches on the Wormsley Estate. As…

Sumptuous artifice and sweet melancholy: Alcina at Glyndebourne

Lucidity is not a common characteristic of the Baroque opera libretto, and the anonymous text of Handel’s Alcina – drawn from an episode in Ariosto’s Orlando furioso – twists and…

Così fan tutte at the Royal Opera House

First unveiled in 2016, this second revival of Jan Philipp Gloger’s Così fan tutte remains self-consciously preoccupied with the question, ‘What is theatre?’  While his interview in the souvenir programme…

Taking wing at the Royal College of Music: Jonathan Dove’s Flight

“I am stuck in Heathrow.  Flight cancelled and no way, or no one, to tell me to leave the airport.”  A Tweet by a frustrated passenger caught up in this…

Opera Rara perform Mercadante’s Il proscritto at the Barbican Hall

Mercadante is the nearly man of Italian opera, with a successful career lasting from 1819 to the 1860s yet never quite achieving the level of prominence, or historical endurance, of…

Rusalka at Garsington Opera

Garsington Opera planned its production of Dvořák’s Rusalka for 2020 with Natalya Romaniw in the title role.  Cancelled and re-scheduled for 2022, thankfully still with Romaniw, the production debuted last…

OTSL: Awakenings Rouses Empathy

Composer Tobias Picker and librettist Aryeh Lev Stollman have created an emotional rollercoaster of an operatic experience with Awakenings, yet another world premiere by the enterprising Opera Theatre of Saint…