WNO’s La bohème at the Birmingham Hippodrome

Annabel Arden’s production of La bohème is ten years old now, but somehow I’ve contrived not to encounter it during my visits to the Birmingham Hippodrome during the last decade. …

Mortality and meaning: Welsh National Opera’s superb Makropulos Case at the Birmingham Hippodrome

Elina Makropulos, the ‘heroine’ of Leoš Janáček’s 1925 opera The Makropulos Case (Věc Makropulos), has been alive for 337 years, her longevity prolonged by an experimental potion given to her…

Welsh National Opera’s The Makropulos Affair: a magnificent achievement

The question of why we should crave immortality is central to Janáček’s penultimate opera.  As a composer he defied old bones and enjoyed an Indian summer, finding recognition during his…

Handel Jephtha, Welsh National Opera

Welsh National Opera have revived Katie Mitchell’s 2003 production of Handel’s Jephtha, with Robert Murray in the title role and a new focus for the drama.

Beatrice and Benedict at the Wales Millennium Centre

Welsh National Opera presented a rather undercooked account of Berlioz’s tricky opera, in a revival of Elijah Moshinsky’s classic production