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…

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…

A brilliant Hansel and Gretel from Stephen Barlow and the Royal College of Music

The escalating cost of living crisis may soon result in many children in the UK sharing Hansel’s hunger pangs: ‘O Gret, it would be such a treat, if we had…

A patriarchy-punching Magic Flute directed by Polly Graham at the Royal College of Music

At first glance, Polly Graham’s decision to set Mozart’s The Magic Flute in a secondary school seems an inspired one.  After all, in Schikaneder’s journey from darkness to light the…

Separation and Reconciliation: Opera Scenes presented by the Royal College of Music Opera Studio

‘Separation and reconciliation’: a fitting way to sum up the experience of many of us during the past months.  And, also, the theme which united the Opera Scenes – drawn…