The Rake’s Progress at the Royal Academy of Music

Blessed by varied approaches to its staging and performance, The Rake’s Progress seems to remain eternally itself (whatever that might mean, as a sometime Prince of Wales might have put…

An irreverent but stylishly sung Imeneo at the Royal Academy of Music

Imeneo, Handel’s penultimate opera, has a somewhat chaotic history.  It was the only one of Handel’s forty or so operas to be presented as an ‘operetta’ – perhaps to make…

The Royal Academy of Music celebrates 200 years with a triple bill and a new opera

Commissioning a new opera for its 200th anniversary, and then staging and performing it with such excellence, are laudable things for the Royal Academy of Music to have done.  If…